Tuesday’s record-breaking €200 million capped EuroMillions jackpot could create multiple Irish millionaires with an estimated €18 million boost to lower tier EuroMillions prizes
The National Lottery has confirmed that the winning ticketholder of a Lotto jackpot worth €10,780,193 on Wednesday 2nd December which was sold in Rochestown, Co. Cork, has made contact. The winning Quick Pick ticket which won the biggest Lotto jackpot of 2020 was sold at the Spar store in Mount Oval village in Rochestown, Co. Cork.
A National Lottery spokesperson said: "We can confirm that we have been contacted by the lucky ticketholder and arrangements are currently being made for the prize to be claimed. Once the prize has been paid, we hope to share further details of the lucky winner, once they are happy to do so.”
This lucky ticketholder from the Rebel County who is set to claim their €10.7 million prize is the largest Lotto jackpot winner of the year. In 2020, there have been 11 separate Lotto jackpot wins this year, with a total of 18 new millionaires which have been created in the Lotto and Lotto Plus games.
Meanwhile, EuroMillions players in Ireland could be set for a bumper pay-out in Tuesday’s EuroMillions draw which promises a massive increase in lower tier prizes due to the €200 million jackpot cap which was reached in last Friday night’s (4th December) draw.
The National Lottery has confirmed that due to the €200 million jackpot cap, an estimated €18 million in prizes will now flow down to lower prize tier levels. Under the EuroMillions community rules, a jackpot is capped at €200 million and any excess will flow down to the next prize tier at which there are winners. The jackpot can remain capped at €200 million for up to four draws.
On the fifth draw at cap, if the €200 million jackpot is still not won, the full value of the jackpot will flow down to the next tier with a prize winner.
Speaking ahead of Tuesday night’s EuroMillions jackpot draw, a spokesperson for the National Lottery said: “We really are in unprecedented territory with the record breaking €200 million EuroMillions jackpot which is now capped. A single winner of this jackpot will officially become the largest lottery winner in Europe – ever. Additionally, as we have reached the maximum jackpot cap, all of the jackpot prize excess will now flow down to lower prize tiers which means that on top of the truly life-altering €200 million jackpot up for grabs, these lower tier prizes could create even more millionaires in Ireland on Tuesday night.”
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.