EuroMillions Jackpot Cap
The EuroMillions jackpot has a cap of €190 million, after which it cannot increase in value. So how does the cap work and what does it mean for EuroMillions players?
The first EuroMillions cap was set at €185 million, with rules stating that once the cap was reached any subsequent cap would increase by the value of €5 million. However, in February 2012 the €5 million increase was scrapped in favour of a set jackpot cap. The new guidelines stated that the jackpot would be allowed to reach €190 million and remain at that value for two consecutive draws. If a winner still could not be found following these two draws, the jackpot total would roll down and be shared amongst players in the next winning prize tier.
In September 2016, a number of new rules for EuroMillions were introduced, one of which was an increase in the number of draws at which the jackpot could stay capped. Currently, the jackpot can stay at €190 million for four draws before it must be won. While the top prize is capped, any excess funds that would normally be added to it are rolled down and allocated to prizes in the next highest tier with winning players.
The jackpot has only ever reached its cap twice; once on Friday 10th August 2012, when UK ticket holders Adrian and Gillian Bayford won €190 million (£148.6 million), and again on Friday 24th October 2014 when an anonymous Portuguese player won the top prize.