The Euromillions Jackpot is now the highest it’s ever been, with the record-breaking €190 million (approximately £168 million) maximum prize currently on offer. The jackpot rolled over on Tuesday 2nd of October, and has now reached its maximum value, where it will stay for the next four draws before it has to be won.
The current Euromillions record is held by a Scottish couple, Colin and Chris Weir from Largs, North Lanarkshire, who won a massive £161 million jackpot in 2011. In the next two weeks, we could see a lucky player beat that record, winning Europe’s biggest ever jackpot. If that player is from the UK, they will become the country’s biggest ever lottery winner. The current top prize of £168 million would place you at 671 on the Sunday Times’ top 1000 richest in the UK, ahead of Sir Tom Jones and singer Robbie Williams.
Last week, the jackpot rolled over, leaving no top winners but seven ticket holders winning a great €320,207 (£195,868) each. The Euromillions jackpot is capped at €190 million, and has been since 2011. Since then, it has reached that number twice: once in 2012, where it was won by a UK couple, and once again in 2014 where it was scooped up by a Portuguese player.
Once it hits the maximum, any additional funds from the lottery are split amongst lower-tier winners: this means that players not only currently have a chance at the top prize, but are also more likely to get more money than usual for smaller wins. The jackpot is allowed to stay at €190 million for four weeks: if no one has won it by then, the money will be split amongst winners in the following winning tier. This means that someone has to win it by the 17th of October.
According to Euromillions, the odds of a single ticket winning the jackpot is a 140m to one. Nevertheless, a 200% increase in ticket sales are expected for the draw as millions of hopeful gamblers, both individual players and syndicates, have gone out to buy a £2.50 ticket for the chance at the life-changing sum. Players are urged to buy their tickets early to avoid disappointment, and Camelot, the owners of the UK National Lottery, estimate that up to 26,000 tickets a minute could be sold in the hour leading up to the draw.
This is not the only exciting news for Euromillions players: on the traditionally unlucky day of Friday 13th of October, Euromillions will be giving away 13 £1m prizes to lucky winners across the UK. Every Tuesday and Friday, UK Euromillions players are automatically entered into the Millionaire Maker draw, which guarantees two new millionaires in the country for every draw. This week, in celebration of Friday the 13th, the draw will be making 13 players’ dreams come true.
This is not the first time that the UK lottery runs special Millionaire Maker draws: in 2012, it gave away 100 £1m prizes to celebrate the London Olympics, and December 2011 was Millionaire Month, making 50 millionaires in the lead-up to Christmas. The lottery also regularly runs Mega Weeks, which include additional Millionaire Maker draws as well as special prizes such as luxury trips and VIP tickets.