EuroMillions Jackpot Cap Rises After Record Win in France
Last Updated: Tuesday 19th October 2021, 12:00
UK players missed out on the record EuroMillions jackpot on Friday 15th October, but four tickets sold in the country did turn out to be worth £3.6 million each.
Friday’s draw offered a jackpot worth £185 million (€220 million), making it the biggest in the game’s history. The winning numbers were 21, 26, 31, 34 and 49, plus Lucky Stars 2 and 5, and one lucky participant from France matched them all to pocket the whole jackpot.
There were also more than 4.7 million other prizes won across Europe, including 1.6 million in the UK. Four out of the seven tickets to match five numbers and one Lucky Star were sold in the UK, instantly making them multimillionaires.
There was more money than usual in the prize pot for the second category because the jackpot was capped at €220 million, so additional funds had to roll down to the next tier.
Another player matched the Millionaire Maker code of MLCF 88786 to also win £1 million. Go to the EuroMillions Results page to see a full prize breakdown of all the prizes won in Friday’s draw.
Jackpot Cap Can Reach €250 Million
A change to the jackpot cap has now been activated following Friday’s big win. While the top prize will reset to its starting value of £14 million for the next draw, the upper limit has been increased from €220 million to €230 million.
The cap always rises by €10 million as soon as the maximum jackpot has been paid out, following changes to the rules that came into effect in February of last year. This can continue until the cap reaches €250 million.
The cap is set in Euros because that is the value of most of the participating countries. If a UK player wins the jackpot, they receive the equivalent amount based on the exchange rate at the time of the draw.
Friday’s jackpot was worth £185 million, while the record for the biggest UK win remains the £170 million that went to an anonymous player in October 2019. The euro value of that record prize was €190 million.
When the jackpot hits its cap, it can only stay there for a maximum of four draws before it must then be won in the fifth draw at its limit. Learn more about the EuroMillions Jackpot Cap.
The record for the biggest win has been broken three times within the last 12 months, so there’s a chance that the jackpot could soon climb past €200 million again. You can take part every Tuesday and Friday and see the results as soon as the draws have taken place.