It’s a record-breaking week for the National Lottery as players now have the chance to play for two capped jackpots across two different games.
In last night’s EuroMillions draw, the jackpot reached the cap of €220 million and as there was no winner of the massive amount, the jackpot will now remain capped at €220 million for up to a further four draws. The additional funds which would have gone to the jackpot at each draw will now flow 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.
The €220 million EuroMillions jackpot cap – How it works.
- Cap Draw 1: Tuesday 12th October €220m Jackpot. Jackpot not won.
- Cap Draw 2: Friday 15th October is Guaranteed €220m Jackpot (if not won, continues at cap in roll to next draw).
- Cap Draw 3: Tuesday 19th October Guaranteed €220m Jackpot (if not won, continues at cap in roll to next draw).
- Cap Draw 4: Friday 22nd October Guaranteed €220m Jackpot (if not won, continues at cap in roll to next draw).
- Cap Draw 5: Tuesday 26th October Guaranteed MUST BE WON €220m Jackpot. If no Jackpot winner on the fifth draw at cap, the jackpot fund flows down to the next prize tier with a winner.
Meanwhile, the Lotto jackpot remains capped at €19,060,800 for a fourth time in tonight’s draw. As the jackpot is capped, this means that no additional money will be added to the jackpot prize until it is won. The funds that would normally go to the jackpot will now be distributed to the next prize tier at which there is a winner. In the last three draws, it has been the Match 5 + Bonus tier which has benefited from the prize flow-down. If there is no winner at the Match 5 + Bonus tier tonight, the additional funds will then be allocated to the next tier at which there is a winner.
Ahead of tonight’s highly anticipated Lotto draw, the National Lottery are appealing to players to purchase their tickets early before the 7.45pm cut-off time for sales this evening. EuroMillions players eager to become the 17th Irish EuroMillions winner are reminded that the deadline for purchasing tickets is at 7.30pm on Friday evening. Tickets for both draws can be purchased in-store, through the National Lottery app or at www.lottery.ie.
“What a week this is shaping up to be for National Lottery players! Not only is there huge excitement for the capped Lotto draw tonight but now players all over the country are preparing to play for the highest amount ever seen in a European lottery with the EuroMillions jackpot now capped at €220 million for Friday night’s draw. We are set to see even bigger winners across both games as the jackpot caps means that the additional funds will now flow down to the next prize tiers at which there is a winner. Ahead of both draws, we are urging players to purchase their tickets early and to avoid queues where possible if purchasing in retail. Don’t forget that the deadline for purchasing Lotto tickets is at 7.45pm this evening while the cut-off time for EuroMillions ticket sales is at 7.30pm on Friday. Now, let’s see if history will be made tonight with the highest Lotto jackpot ever up for grabs!”
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 €6 Billion has been raised for Good Causes since the National Lottery was established 34 years ago. In 2020 alone, €254 million was raised for local Good Causes in communities across Ireland.