The EuroMillions Jackpot Cap
The EuroMillions jackpot has a cap of €190 million, which means that once the jackpot reaches this amount, it can no longer increase in size. Instead, any extra funds that would normally push the jackpot up for the following draw are rolled down to the next winning prize tier(s).
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 five 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 reached its cap three times:
- Friday 6th October 2017: A Spanish ticket holder won the entire top prize.
- Friday 24th October 2014: An anonymous Portuguese player won the top prize.
- Friday 10th August 2012: Adrian and Gillian Bayford (UK) won £148.6 million.
History of the Jackpot Cap
- The first cap at €185 million, with rules stating that once this amount was reached, any subsequent funds would increase by the value of €5 million.
- 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.