National Lottery reminds EuroMillions players to heed public health advice when purchasing tickets for much anticipated draw
EuroMillions players all over Ireland are being advised to buy their tickets early as excitement builds ahead of tomorrow night’s estimated €200 million draw. The National Lottery has urged players dreaming of winning the €200 million jackpot on offer to continue to follow public health guidelines and to avoid any queues in shops ahead of one of the most highly anticipated lottery prizes of the year. Players are reminded that the cut-off for ticket sales is at 7.30pm on Friday night.
The current EuroMillions jackpot has been rolling since the special €130 million Mega Draw took place on Friday 5th February. The current EuroMillions jackpot is capped at €210 million and depending on draw sales among all ten EuroMillions members, Friday night’s jackpot could become Europe’s largest ever lottery prize, exceeding another €200 million jackpot prize which was won in France last year.
Since the EuroMillions game began in 2004, only four jackpots have reached the previous jackpot caps which were set at €190 million and more recently, €200 million.
If the EuroMillions jackpot reaches the current cap of €210 million and is not won, it will remain capped at €210 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.
Ahead of Friday night’s estimated €200 million EuroMillions draw, a National Lottery spokesperson said: "The estimated €200 million EuroMillions jackpot is really capturing the imaginations of our players. It is an incredible amount to win, immediately making the winner one of the richest people in the country. Should we hit the maximum jackpot cap of €210 million, all of the jackpot prize excess will flow down to lower prize tiers which means that on top of the truly life-altering jackpot on offer, winners of the lower tier prize tiers at which there are winners will benefit even further. This could be the largest EuroMillions jackpot that we have ever seen so we are expecting an increase of interest from our players in the hours leading up to tomorrow night’s draw. We are asking all of our players to continue to follow the health guidance currently in place and to buy their tickets safely early in-store, in-app and online at www.lottery.ie.”
Top Four EuroMillions Jackpot Wins to Date:
- €200 million: Won in France in December 2020
- €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 2020 alone, €254 million was raised for local Good Causes in communities across Ireland.