The Ultimate Guide to the EuroMillions Jackpot Cap

The EuroMillions jackpot cap is €200 million, the highest prize possible in the extremely popular European lottery. Once the jackpot reaches the €200 million cap, all additional funds from ticket sales that would have been added to the jackpot roll down to the second tier prize. If after four draws at the €200 million jackpot cap there are no jackpot winners, and there is no jackpot winner in the 5th consecutive draw with that prize, the full amount will be split by the winners in the next highest prize tier.

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How the EuroMillions Jackpot Cap Works

The EuroMillions jackpot starts off at €17 million. If it is not won, the jackpot rolls over and continues to grow from draw to draw until it reaches the lottery’s jackpot cap of €200 million. Once EuroMillions reaches its jackpot cap, all proceeds from ticket sales that would have pushed the jackpot higher roll down into the next prize tier.

The EuroMillions jackpot can remain at its maximum amount for four consecutive draws. If it’s still not won, the next draw will offer a must-win jackpot. If the jackpot is again not won, all the prize money will roll down and be distributed among winners in the next highest prize tier.

Once the €200 million jackpot cap is reached for the first time, the jackpot cap in the next EuroMillions jackpot cycle will be raised by €10 million and stand at €210 million. Once this new jackpot cap is reached, EuroMillions will again raise its cap by €10 million and it will then be set at €220 million. The EuroMillions jackpot will continue to grow from cycle to cycle in this manner until it reaches its maximum jackpot cap of €250 million.

After it is won, the EuroMillions jackpot resets to €17 million, starting a new jackpot cycle.


EuroMillions Jackpot Cap History

The first ‘jackpot cap’ was actually a roll over limit that was set in February 2004. This roll over limit was set at a maximum of 11 draws in a row in which the top jackpot could not be won. If no one matched all 5 numbers and both Lucky Stars on the 12th draw then the jackpot would be added to the next highest winning tier.

In November 2009, it was decided that the rollover limit of €185 million would be raised by €5 million once the jackpot cap was reached.

Chris and Colin Weir of Scotland won the €185 million top prize in July 2011 thereby raising the cap to €190 million, where it has remained since.

Changes to the EuroMillions game in September 2016 extended the amount of draws that the €190 million jackpot cap could remain before it had to be won from one to four. Changes introduced in February 2020 raised the cap to €200 million with the possibility that it could grow as high as €250 million.

Important EuroMillions Jackpot Cap Dates

Date EuroMillions News

November 2006

The EuroMillions jackpot once again rolls over eleven times, the maximum allowed, before being won on Friday 17 November 2006. Since no tickets match all five main numbers and the two Lucky Stars the jackpot is added to the second tier prize for matching all five main numbers and one Lucky Star. 20 lucky winners each take home €9.65 million!

November 2009

Jackpot cap changesto €185 million.

July 2011

The EuroMillions jackpot reaches its new maximum of €185 million and is won by Chris and Colin Weir of Scotland on 12 July 2011.

January 2012

Jackpot cap changes to €190 million.

August 2012

The EuroMillions jackpot hits its new cap of €190 million on 7 August 2012 before being won by Adrian and Gillian Bayford from Suffolk, UK on 10 August 2012.

October 2014

EuroMillions reaches the jackpot cap of €190 million on Friday 24 October 2014 and is won by a single ticket purchased in Portugal.

September 2016

As part of wide-sweeping rules changes introduced to the EuroMillions game, the jackpot is allowed to remain capped at €190 million for four draws before it must be won.

October 2019

The EuroMillions jackpot soars to €190 million, an amazing prize eventually won by a single ticket purchased in the UK.

February 2020

EuroMillions changes the jackpot cap structure, initially raising it to €200 million with the possibility that it will subsequently grow as high as €250 million.

How to Play EuroMillions

Game format: 5 main numbers plus 2 additional Lucky Stars!

EuroMillions lottery tickets have two fields. One table with main numbers from 1 to 50 and another box with additional numbers, Lucky Stars, from 1 to 12. In the first table, players need to select 5 from the 50 main numbers, while in the second box they need to select two numbers, the Lucky Stars, from 1 to 12. When a player matches all 5 main numbers as well as the two Lucky Stars, he or she wins the jackpot! That's what you need to know about EuroMillions!

Playing EuroMillions Online

Whether the EuroMillions jackpot is at the starting €17 million or at the €200 million cap it is always possible to play EuroMillions online no matter where in the world you are!