EuroMillions Jackpot Cap
The EuroMillions jackpot cap stands at €190 million (roughly £168 million), making it the largest possible prize that can be won on the game.
How the EuroMillions Jackpot Cap Works
When the EuroMillions jackpot hits €190 million, it can only roll over four times before the full amount has to be won in the fifth draw. In each of the five draws, any funds from ticket sales that would have been allocated to the jackpot fund are instead used to boost the prizes in the next winning tier, usually the Match 5+1 level.
If the jackpot is not won in the fifth draw following four rollovers at the jackpot cap, the entire €190 million is shared equally between the players in the next winning prize tier, which could potentially create a large number of millionaires.
The jackpot is set in Euros, as that is the game's base currency. This means that the sterling value of the jackpot cap can vary.
History of the EuroMillions Jackpot Cap
EuroMillions launched in 2004 with a limit of 11 rollovers before the jackpot had to be won. If the 12th draw failed to find a winner, the entire jackpot fund would be rolled down to the next winning prize tier and shared equally amongst the players.
This was scrapped in November 2009, when a jackpot cap of €185 million was introduced. The idea was that, every time the cap was hit, it would increase by €5 million. The first jackpot cap winners were Colin and Chris Weir of Largs in Ayrshire, who snapped up €185 million (£161.6 million at the time) on 12th July 2011.
The jackpot cap immediately rose to €190 million and it was decided in January 2012 to make this a permanent feature, rather than having it continue to increase by €5 million. The first €190 million winners were Adrian and Gillian Bayford of Suffolk, who hit the jackpot on 10th August 2012. They won £148.6 million, a lower sterling amount than the Weirs had won, due to fluctuating exchange rates.
A Portuguese ticket won the full amount on 24th October 2014 after a series of rollovers following a Superdraw on Friday 3rd October 2014. On Tuesday 3rd October 2017, the jackpot hit €190 million for a third time. It rolled once before a Spanish player collected the prize in the draw on Friday 6th October.
The number of draws at which the jackpot can stay at the cap was raised in September 2016 from two to five as part of a number of EuroMillions changes implemented at the time.