Around September and October 2019 the EuroMillions first prize was at AUD$300 million for a while.
For the 5 draws from the 25th of September 2019 until the 9th of October, under the rules of the game, it had reached its maximum allowable first prize (the ‘jackpot cap’).
This in itself was truly astounding, but what if we were to tell you that this amount could have easily been won as second or even third division prizes? The cap can make this happen.
For each draw that the jackpot isn't won, it increases for the following draw, until it reaches the cap.
But what happens if it isn't won once the cap is reached?
The first prize doesn’t have to be won to win the jackpot!
The EuroMillions' unique rules state that a jackpot can only stay at the maximum amount for 5 consecutive draws. In the 5th draw at the cap, the money MUST be won.
If there are no first prize jackpot winners on the 5th draw...
THEN IT'S GIVEN OUT TO THE NEXT PRIZE TIER THAT HAS A WINNER (or winners)!
This means that division 2 could take the whole prize out, and if there are no division 2 winners, which is not unusual, then division 3 gets the top prize.
That is an obscene amount of prize money for a ticket holder with a non-first division win.
Because the prize is so huge, even if it's shared amongst a few winners, each person would get to take home a massive amount. Even if there are 3 winners, that's still around AUD$100 million each!
It gets better still
Want some more good news? For draws where the cap is in place, there is another special rule that means some non-jackpot prizes are massive!
This is because the money that would normally go towards increasing the jackpot is instead funnelled into the next division with a winner.
To demonstrate, the average 2nd division prize over the 5 draws before the cap was in place (from 7th-21st of September 2019) was AUD$540,000.
And the 5 draws once the cap was put in place?
And just like that, winning millions became a lot easier.
So where are we now?
The jackpot was one by 1 lucky person in the 8th of October 2019 draw, taking home the entire first prize. Keep your eye on the EuroMillions jackpot cap in future, this unique feature is a great way to boost your chances of winning a substantial prize.
For each ticket you buy in a European Millions draw, we buy a ticket in the corresponding EuroMillions draw, and pay the exact value of winnings we collect to you for your winning ticket.
As a matching lottery for EuroMillions, it has the same jackpot cap and rolldown features as described above.
Jackpot cap to be increased to AUD$400 million!
As of Feb 1 2020, the jackpot cap has been increased to AUD$320 million. It gets better! From there it will be gradually increased, until it reaches AUD$400 million! Outstanding!