If not won tonight - EuroMillions jackpot could hit historic €200 million maximum cap
The National Lottery have reminded its players to continue to heed social distancing guidelines if they are planning to play for tonight’s massive €180 million EuroMillions jackpot. Players hoping to play for the biggest EuroMillions jackpot of the year have been advised to play early and to avoid any queues in shops ahead of the biggest and most highly anticipated lottery prizes of the year.
The current EuroMillions jackpot which is estimated to hit €180 million has been rolling since Friday 30th October and the National Lottery confirmed that if tonight’s jackpot continues to roll, next Friday’s jackpot could be subject to an historic maximum jackpot cap of €200 million for the first time in the history of the game. A single winner of the current EuroMillions jackpot will become one of the biggest ever lottery winners in Europe. Since the EuroMillions game began in 2004, only three jackpots have reached the previous jackpot cap which was set at €190 million.
In February 2020, the EuroMillions community increased the €190 million jackpot cap to a whopping €200 million. This means that if the jackpot is not won at the cap of €200 million, it will remain capped at €200 million for up to a further four draws, with any excess jackpot value at each draw flowing down to the next prize tier with a winner. If the jackpot is still not won after the fifth draw at the cap, the full value of the jackpot will flow down to the next tier with a prize winner.
It has been yet another record breaking year for the EuroMillions game in Ireland with an incredible TEN new millionaires made in Ireland which includes two winners of the EuroMillions jackpot and a further eight winners of the €1 million ‘Ireland Only Raffle’ prize. In February this year, a Mayo family syndicate scooped a €17 million jackpot prize while just last July, an online player from Dublin won a life-changing €49.5 million. In total, players in Ireland have won over €140 million in EuroMillions prizes in 2020 while over €70 million has been raised for the Good Fund through the EuroMillions game alone this year.
Ahead of tonight’s estimated €180 million EuroMillions draw, a National Lottery spokesperson said: "We have been communicating with our retail partners and there is feeling of palpable excitement among our players ahead of tonight’s €180 million draw. With draws at this level, we would expect a big surge of interest from our players in the hours leading up to tonight’s draw. We are asking all of our players to continue to follow the health guidance currently in place and to buy their tickets early in-store, in-app and online at www.lottery.ie.”
Top Four EuroMillions Jackpot Wins to Date:
- €190 million: Won in the UK in October 2019
- €190 million: Won in Portugal in October 2014
- €190 million: Won in the UK in August 2012
Here is the roll call of the lucky 16 Irish EuroMillions jackpot winners to date:
- July 2005: Dolores McNamara from Limerick, was Ireland’s first and biggest EuroMillions winner scooping over €115 million.
- July 2008: A lucky player from Co. Tipperary won a €15 million jackpot with a ticket bought in Carrick-on-Suir in Co. Tipperary.
- June 2009: A family syndicate shared the jackpot with a British winner, taking home over €29.4 million with a ticket they purchased in Dublin.
- June 2013: A winning ticket sold in Beaumount, Dublin, shared a EuroMillions jackpot worth over €187 million. A Dublin player earned half of the jackpot and picked up over €93 million.
- September 2013: A young man from the South East shared a jackpot of over €25 million with a player in Spain, taking home over €12.8 million.
- April 2014: A jackpot prize worth €15 million was claimed on a ticket sold in Castlebar, Co. Mayo.
- September 2014: An €86.7 million jackpot was won by a syndicate from Dublin. The ticket was sold in Centra, Ballybrack, Co. Dublin.
- January 2016: A syndicate of friends won over €66 million, splitting the jackpot of €132,376,632. The ticket was sold in Eason’s store, Fairgreen Shopping Centre, Carlow.
- July 2016: 22 colleagues from Dublin Bus won the €23.8 million. The ticket was sold in O’Hanlon’s Portarlington.
- January 2017: A Dublin work syndicate claimed the €88.5 million EuroMillions jackpot. The winning ticket was sold at the Applegreen Service Station on the M1 Northbound in Lusk, Co. Dublin.
- July 2017: A syndicate from the West of Ireland won a €29 million EuroMillions jackpot. The ticket was sold in Garryduff XL Store on Pound Road, Castlebar in Co. Mayo.
- December 2017: A small family syndicate from Dublin won €38.9 million on a ticket purchased in The Village Shop in Malahide Shopping Centre
- In June 2018: 32 colleagues from Stakelums Hardware store in Thurles Co. Tipperary share a €17 million EuroMillions jackpot with a ticket they purchased at Eason’s Store in Thurles Shopping Centre in Co. Tipperary.
- February 2019: The Naul Family Syndicate won €175.4 million on a ticket sold in Reilly’s Daybreak in Naul, Co. Dublin.
- February 2020: Mayo family syndicate win €17 million EuroMillions jackpot with a ticket they purchased at Mulroy’s Londis store in Castlebar, Co. Mayo.
- July 2020: An online player in Dublin scooped a €49.5 million prize with a €2.50 Normal Play ticket.
Nearly 30 cent in every €1 spent on all National Lottery games goes back to Good Causes in the areas of sport, youth, health, welfare, education, arts, heritage and the Irish Language. In total more than €5.8 Billion has been raised for Good Causes since the National Lottery was established 33 years ago. In 2019 alone, €252 million was raised for local Good Causes in communities across Ireland.