The EuroMillions is a transnational lottery game played in multiple countries. It offers large jackpots and exciting prizes to its participants. The jackpot amount can increase over time if there are no winners in previous draws, leading to incredibly high prize pools.
Winning the biggest EuroMillions jackpot is a life-changing event for the lucky individual or group of winners. It provides an opportunity to fulfill dreams, make significant investments, and experience financial security.
Since the first draw, which occurred on 13th February 2004, there have been a total of 3,720,474,345 winners.
How to play EuroMillions
First, you need to select five main numbers from a pool of 1 to 50. Then, you select two additional numbers called Lucky Stars from a pool of 1 to 12. EuroMillions offers multiple prize tiers depending on how many numbers you match. The prize amount increases as you match more numbers. The EuroMillions lottery draws are held regularly, every Tuesday and Friday.
The winning combination is determined through a random drawing process, adding to the excitement and anticipation.
The Evolution of EuroMillions Jackpots: From Unrestricted Rollovers to a €240 Million Cap
Since its launch in February 2004, EuroMillions had no initial jackpot cap in place. Instead, the jackpot would accumulate and roll over for a maximum of 11 consecutive draws. After the 11th draw, any unclaimed jackpot funds would then be distributed to the next prize tier. However, in November 2009, a cap of €185 million was introduced, and this cap was subsequently raised to €190 million. Remarkably, the colossal €190 million prize was won on four separate occasions, with the first monumental win making headlines in 2012 when Adrian and Gillian Bayford from Suffolk, UK, emerged as the fortunate winners.
The jackpot stakes continued to rise in subsequent years. In December 2020, the EuroMillions jackpot surged to €200 million, capturing the attention of players worldwide. The jackpot excitement escalated even further in February 2021 when, on the 23rd of that month, the EuroMillions jackpot reached its then-cap of €210 million. Astonishingly, a mere three days later, the cap was raised once again to a breathtaking €220 million after a lucky winner from Switzerland clinched the prize.
The trend of jaw-dropping jackpots persisted. On October 15, 2021, an astounding €220 million jackpot was claimed, followed by another significant win of €215 million on May 10, 2022, adding to the jackpot allure.
Finally, on 8th July 2022, the EuroMillions record was shattered as a colossal jackpot of €230 million was won, by a single ticket making headlines around the world. Upon winning the EuroMillions jackpot, the fortunate individual wasted no time in claiming their substantial prize. However, the winner opted to remain anonymous, choosing not to disclose any further information to the public. As a result, limited details about their identity or story were made available.
In the event that the jackpot had not been won during this particular draw, a Must Be Won draw would have ensued in the subsequent draw. Such draws heighten the excitement and anticipation, as the jackpot must be awarded, either to a lucky winner or distributed across lower prize tiers. Consequently, the current jackpot cap for EuroMillions stands at an awe-inspiring €240 million, captivating the dreams of aspiring winners.