- How high can the jackpot grow?
- When Is the Next Superdraw?
- What Is a Superdraw?
- Same Format As a Normal Draw
- Don’t miss your chance to win
- What do I do if I win EuroMillions?
- Big Winners
- Jackpots Will Grow Bigger More Frequently
- What happens if the Superdraw jackpot is not won?
- Tips for Playing the Superdraw
- How To Win The Superdraw
- Conditions for play in Superdraw
- Previous €190 million winners
- What To Do If You Win
- What is a EuroMillions Superdraw?
- What is a Superdraw?
How high can the jackpot grow?
The EuroMillions jackpot can grow up to a limit of €190 million. When it reaches this level it is capped and cannot climb any higher. Funds which would normally go towards the jackpot are instead diverted to the next tier in which there are winners — most likely the category for matching five main numbers and one Lucky Star. The top prize can stay at €190 million for a maximum of four more draws, but if nobody matches all five main numbers and both Lucky Stars in the fifth draw at €190 million the full amount will roll down to the next winning tier.
The jackpot has never had to roll down to a lower tier, but there have been three occasions when the top prize has reached its €190 million cap and then been won by players matching the full winning line. It has hit this level as a direct result of a Superdraw on two occasions.
When Is the Next Superdraw?
The next EuroMillions Superdraw is scheduled to take place on Friday 7th June 2019, and it will offer a guaranteed jackpot of €130 million (around £110 million). It will be the third one to take place in the last 12 months, after Superdraws on 21st September and 1st February. The one in September was not won on the night but rolled over three times to hit £144 million before being won by a single Swiss ticket holder. The second one also rolled over, that time reaching £152 million before a player from Ireland won it.
Past Superdraws have led to some record prizes, including the €190 million jackpots won by players in Spain and Portugal in September 2017 and October 2014 respectively.
You can play the EuroMillions Superdraw in the same way you would any other draw. Simply pick up a ticket from any lottery retailer or choose your numbers online. Tickets cost the same as they usually do, and you still need to match all five numbers and both Lucky Stars to win the special jackpot.
What Is a Superdraw?
A EuroMillions Superdraw is a special event in the calendar, when the jackpot is boosted to a huge guaranteed sum, usually over £100 million. They take place several times a year but are not scheduled for specific dates. Instead, news of a Superdraw is usually announced a few weeks before it is due to take place.
The draw is just like a normal one in every other way. If no one wins the jackpot on the night of the Superdraw, the jackpot prize money will roll over to the next draw, and it will continue to do so until someone wins it. There is a good chance that it could even roll over to hit its €190 million jackpot, as has happened several times before.
Same Format As a Normal Draw
The upcoming Superdraw is the second one to be held in 2018 and, if the top prize is won on the night, it’s important to know the steps you need to take to claim your prize. Superdraws have the same format as any normal EuroMillions draw; tickets cost the same and you still need to match all five numbers and two Lucky Stars to scoop the jackpot.
Providing you are over 16 years of age in the UK, you can pick your numbers by filling out a playslip at any authorised ticket retailer for £2.50 per line, or by joining an online syndicate. You will still receive free entry into the supplementary UK Millionaire Maker draw as normal, which will be held following the Superdraw.
The additional money needed for the Superdraw jackpot comes from the EuroMillions Booster Fund. Almost five percent of the prize fund from every EuroMillions draw is put towards the Booster Fund, which is also in place to ensure the usual minimum £14 million jackpot can always be met.
Don’t miss your chance to win
There were only two Superdraws in 2017 and the upcoming event will be the first of its kind this year, so opportunities to enter these incredible draws are not to be missed. You need to match five main numbers from 1 to 50 and two Lucky Stars from 1 to 12 to land the jackpot, but there are also 12 other prize tiers so you can bank cash sums for matching as few as two main numbers. By playing multiple lines in a syndicate, you stand a better chance of collecting several smaller awards even if you miss out on one of the top prizes.
Whether the Superdraw jackpot is won on the night or rolls over and continues to climb, it promises to be another spectacular event and Euro-Millions.com will have the winning numbers and prize information for you as soon as they are available. Good luck!
What do I do if I win EuroMillions?
If you play EuroMillions online, you will be notified if you win a prize, so there is little chance of missing out on your money. The majority of prizes will also be paid directly into your online account. If you have bought a EuroMillions ticket from a retailer, the claims process depends on how much you have won. Smaller prizes can be claimed from any official retailer, while larger amounts will require you to contact the National Lottery operator in the country where you bought your ticket. Learn more about how to claim EuroMillions prizes.
You can also use the EuroMillions Checker to see if you have matched any winning combinations in the Superdraw, or any other draw from the past 180 days.
Superdraws have helped to create some of the game’s biggest jackpots, including the €175 million winners from Ireland who finally halted the run of rollovers after the most recent big event in February. Players from Portugal and Spain have also previously claimed the maximum €190 million following Superdraws.
The biggest wins in the UK date back several years, to Chris and Colin Weir’s £161 million jackpot in July 2011 and then Adrian and Gillian Bayford’s £148 million payout in August 2012. The third winner on the list, though, received their £121 million prize following a Superdraw in April 2018. They came forward just a few days later and chose to stay anonymous.
A UK winner in tonight’s Superdraw would slot in just below in the country’s all-time list, alongside the Northern Ireland couple who pocketed £114 million on 1st January this year. Frances and Patrick Connolly, from County Amagh, also came forward very quickly, revealing that they had celebrated with a cup of tea and planned to share the money with around 50 of their loved ones.
Jackpots Will Grow Bigger More Frequently
It has also been revealed that there will be more big jackpots and they will grow more quickly. The cost of playing will not change and the number matrix will stay the same, but there is set to be a tweak to the way in which prizes are allocated.
Currently, 43.2 percent of the prize fund is given to the jackpot for the first six draws in a rollover series, before going down to 27 percent. These percentages are set to increase. With more money going to the jackpot, it will be able to climb faster. The National Lottery estimates that jackpots will reach £100 million after eight rollovers, rather than 11 rollovers currently.
To compensate for more of the prize fund going to the jackpot, other prize tiers will have to receive a lower portion than they do at the moment. The table below shows how much of the EuroMillions Prize Fund is currently allocated to each prize category, and how much will be allocated from 1st February:
|Prize Category||Current Prize Fund %||New Prize Fund %||Change|
|Match 5 + 2 Lucky Stars||43.2% for draws 1 to 6 in a rollover series; 27% for draw 7 onwards||50% for draws 1 to 5 in a rollover series; 42% for draw 6 onwards||+6.8% draws 1 to 5; -1.2% draw 6; +15% draw 7 onwards|
|Match 5 + 1 Lucky Star||3.95%||2.61%||-1.34%|
|Match 4 + 2 Lucky Stars||0.45%||0.19%||-0.26%|
|Match 4 + 1 Lucky Star||0.48%||0.35%||-0.13%|
|Match 3 + 2 Lucky Stars||0.67%||0.37%||-0.30%|
|Match 2 + 2 Lucky Stars||1.75%||1.30%||-0.45%|
|Match 3 + 1 Lucky Star||1.85%||1.45%||-0.40%|
|Match 1 + 2 Lucky Stars||4.95%||3.27%||-1.68%|
|Match 2 + 1 Lucky Star||14.85%||10.30%||-4.55%|
The amount of money allocated to the EuroMillions Reserve Fund is also set to change. Currently, 4.8% of the Prize Fund in draws 1 to 6 in a rollover run goes to the Reserve Fund, and 21% from draw 7 onwards.
Under the new structure, 10% would be allocated to the Reserve Fund in draws 1 to 5, then 18% from draw 6 onwards. This means that more money will go to the Reserve Fund in the early part of a rollover run, but less in the later draws, helping jackpots to increase quicker.
The cost of entry will stay at £2.50, but the way that entry fee is split will also change. Currently, £1.65 of that entry fee is for EuroMillions and £0.85 for the UK Millionaire Maker raffle; from 1st February the split will change to £1.74 for EuroMillions and £0.76 for the raffle.
What happens if the Superdraw jackpot is not won?
In 19 previous Superdraws, the jackpot has been won on the night seven times, and six different countries can claim Superdraw winners. The last time this happened was on Friday 30th June 2017, when a UK player snapped up a sensational £87.5 million (€100 million). The lucky winner came forward less then a week later to claim the prize and opted to remain anonymous.
If the Superdraw jackpot is not won, it will roll over to the next draw as normal and an even larger prize will be available. Superdraws have therefore been responsible for helping to create some of the biggest EuroMillions winners in history.
Tips for Playing the Superdraw
Every number has the same chance of being drawn, so there is no way you can improve your odds by picking a certain line. There are, however, some ways you can give yourself a better chance of taking home a big cash prize:
- Buy more lines: It may sound obvious, but the only sure way you can improve your odds of winning is by covering more numbers. It doesn’t matter how you do it; the more numbers you pick, the greater your chance of matching the winning ones. The only downside to this is that the expense increases the more lines you pick.
- Play a syndicate: Syndicates provide a great way of playing more lines without having to spend more money. When playing a syndicate, you team up with other players to buy tickets together, and then any prizes you win are shared equally among the group. Syndicates are a great option for Superdraws, as even if you team up with 100 other players, you would still each take home more than £1 million.
- Avoid common numbers: Pick numbers that are less likely to be picked by other players, as there’s less chance that you will have to share the prize money. In the UK Lotto in March 2016, five numbers of the winning line were multiples of seven, which was such a commonly-picked pattern that over 4,000 players shared the third prize to take home just £15 each. To put this into context, only 55 players matched five numbers in the previous draw, each winning nearly £1,900.
How To Win The Superdraw
There is no guaranteed way to win a EuroMillions jackpot, but going with random numbers has proved successful for some players. The Connollys entered an online Lucky Dip, while it was also a Quick Pick ticket that won it for the Irish family in February. Use the EuroMillions Number Generator to produce a random set of numbers for yourself.
You might also want to analyse the statistics to see the most frequently drawn, least common and overdue numbers. The most common numbers from all draws have been 50, 23, 44, 4 and 19, along with Lucky Stars 2 and 8. However, you should remember that each combination of numbers has an identical chance of appearing in a draw, regardless of what has happened in the past.
The only way to boost your chances is to enter more lines, which you may decide to do until the jackpot drops down again. Alternatively, you could join a syndicate so that you have more tickets but split the cost with other players.
The Irish family in February played as a group, and there have been many been syndicate wins over the years. These lucky players have often spoke about the joy of sharing the winning experience together, whether they have teamed up with friends,family members or colleagues.
Conditions for play in Superdraw
Superdraw is carried out in the same way as any other usually draw in the Euromillions lottery. To participate in it, as usual, in the lottery form, you should choose five main numbers from 1 to 50, as well as two lucky stars from 1 to 12, which, like regular draws, includes 13 prize categories.
If the lottery ticket with the maximum winning combination of numbers (5 basic + 2 stars) is not revealed during the draw, a rollover will occur, the jackpot will be transferred to the prize fund of the next draw, which will play an even larger jackpot amount. In fact, the special prize fund of the Superdraw is its only difference from the usual draws, which at the same time signals the most successful moment for participating in the lottery with largest jackpot.
Previous €190 million winners
The last time the EuroMillions jackpot got up to €190 million was just after the most recent Superdraw, on Friday 15th September 2017. The top prize kept rolling and hit its cap on Tuesday 3rd October. In the following draw, on Friday 6th October, a single Spanish player pocketed the full jackpot for themselves.
The ticket was bought in Las Palmas on the island of Gran Canaria, at El Mirador’s shopping centre, and in a remarkable twist of fate, two other huge lottery prizes were won on the island on the same night.
A Portuguese player won €190 million on Friday 24th October 2014 after matching all five main numbers and both Lucky Stars. A large part of that jackpot had been generated by a Superdraw on Friday 3rd October, which lifted the jackpot to €100 million. Six rollovers later came the Portuguese participant’s lucky day. The winner had 90 days to come forward and claim their prize, and they decided to keep their identity private when they collected the money.
What To Do If You Win
Once the draw has taken place, the first thing to do is see if you a winner. You can look at the latest EuroMillions Results straight away, or use the EuroMillions Checker to see if your numbers or Millionaire Maker code have come up.
You have 180 days to claim any money if you win with a ticket bought in the UK, so make sure you know when your prize expires if you want to take some time before coming forward. For the Superdraw on Friday 7th June, the deadline is 4th December. If you miss this date, your ticket will no longer be valid and you will not be able to claim your money.
If you find you have won any award greater than £50,000, there are a few steps to claiming your prize. You must first contact the National Lottery by phone and provide a few details about your ticket so that the operators can check the information matches their records.
A validation appointment will then be arranged so that National Lottery advisors can check your ticket in person and complete any necessary paperwork. You will be required to provide two forms of identification, such as your passport and driving licence.
At this stage, you will be able to ask any questions you have and also think about whether you wish to go public or stay anonymous. It is entirely your choice, and the National Lottery will continue to be on hand to provide advice and support whatever you decide.
You can then start to think about what you would like to do with your new-found wealth, whether you would like to move home, give up work, own a fleet of sports cars or something even more extravagant like buying into a football club. You need to be in it to win it, though, so make sure to take part!
What is a EuroMillions Superdraw?
A Superdraw, also referred to as a jackpot event or even a Megadraw in some countries, is a EuroMillions draw which offers a stupendous guaranteed jackpot. Superdraws are usually scheduled a few times a year, and ensure the top prize will be a magnificent nine-figure amount.
The jackpot for the Superdraw on Friday 20th April will be €130 million (approximately £112 million). The draw will take place at the same time as a regular draw, approximately 21:00 local time in Paris (20:00 UK time), with the prize breakdown released shortly afterwards.
Ticket sales will close at around 20:30 local time (19:30 in the UK). You enter a Superdraw in the same way as you would play any other draw, by visiting an authorised retailer in one of the nine participating countries or by taking part online.
What is a Superdraw?
Superdraws are special events which only take place a few times a year. They go by different names in the nine participating countries, including Megadraws in Ireland and Super Jackpots in France, and are scheduled a few weeks in advance.
In a Superdraw, the jackpot is increased to a set amount, usually €130 million. It doesn’t matter if the jackpot has been won or not in the preceding draw, or whether it was a long way short of the advertised figure. Tuesday’s top prize was worth £22 million, so it is a huge boost of almost £100 million for this Superdraw.
The jackpot is topped up to €130 million from the Reserve Fund, which receives a percentage of the prize fund from every single draw. The money only becomes available for this sort of prize every few months, as the Reserve Fund is mainly in place to ensure that the minimum jackpot of €17 million can always be paid for.
If the jackpot isn’t won on the night, it rolls over to the next draw as normal and an even larger amount will be put up for grabs. There is a jackpot cap of €190 million in EuroMillions, so there is room for it keep growing for several more draws.