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Euromillions winners: top 10 biggest jackpots won

Go Public or Remain Anonymous

If you win the Superdraw jackpot, you will have to decide whether to go public or remain anonymous. Regardless of which decision you make, all UK-based winners receive financial and legal advice from the National Lottery. If you choose to disclose your identity and go public, you will be expected to fulfil various media obligations, including a press conference to reveal your news.

Of the 12 biggest winners in EuroMillions history, six have chosen anonymity whilst the other six decided that going public was their best option. Some winners go public because they feel they can’t keep their news from their family, friends and loved ones forever. On the other hand, keeping your win private allows you to get on with your normal life without any unwanted interest from the media, strangers or even relatives.

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 5 0.92% 0.61% -0.31%
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 4 0.38% 0.26% -0.12%
Match 2 + 2 Lucky Stars 1.75% 1.30% -0.45%
Match 3 + 1 Lucky Star 1.85% 1.45% -0.40%
Match 3 3.50% 2.70% -0.80%
Match 1 + 2 Lucky Stars 4.95% 3.27% -1.68%
Match 2 + 1 Lucky Star 14.85% 10.30% -4.55%
Match 2 18.25% 16.59% -1.66%

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.

Euromillions Superdraw

Since the Euromillions lottery was introduced back in 2004, there have been several Superdraws. A Euromillions Superdraw is a special bumper jackpot of  € 100 million euros which can be held to commemorate or celebrate a particular occasion. These occasions have in the past included the Euromillions anniversaries and introductions of new rules, but there are no hard and fast rules about when Superdraws appear, therefore they can take place at any time.

What is a Superdraw?

A Euromillions Superdraw is when the regular Euro Millions jackpot is increased to a minimum of € 130 million. It is commonly done only when there is enough prize fund money in the kitty to make this possible, hence why the Superdraws are both irregular and unpredictable. They usually take place once or three times a year.

The Superdraw works by adding funds to the existing Euromillions jackpot. For example, if the jackpot was at € 45 million, the Superdraw fund would add another € 55 million to take the jackpot to € 130 million. Superdraw jackpots can be larger, with some reaching € 200 million, depending on the amount in the prize fund.

A Superdraw is different to an Event Draw, which is a rarer draw with jackpots usually made up to around € 130 million. They really do only take place once in a blue moon, with the last Event Draw being on Friday 5th February 2010, for € 85 million.

Does a Euromillions Superdraw Rollover?

A Superdraw can roll over to the next week if it is not won. An Event draw, however, is slightly different, and if it is not won will not roll over to the following week but instead will be distributed across the lower prize tiers.

When were the last Superdraws?

Recent Superdraws have been held on the following dates:

06th March 2015 (€ 100 million)

In the draw, a single ticket purchased in Portugal matched the winning numbers to scoop the entire €100 million Superdraw.

24th October 2014 (€ 190 million)

The winner of the Superdraw-jackpot which rolled over six times before it was hit was won by a lucky Portugese ticket holder that took home €190 million on Friday, October 24th 2014.

13th June 2014 (€ 137 million)

The winner of the “not-Superdraw,” a ticket holder from Spain, eventually took home €137 million on Friday, June 13th 2014, only two rollovers past the determined Superdraw date.

14th March 2014 (€ 129 million)

The first Superdraw of 2014 was won by a lucky ticket holder from who managed to match all five main numbers and both Lucky Stars to win the €129 million jackpot.

15th November 2013 (€ 100 million)

The last Superdraw of 2013 was won by a single ticket holder from Spain who managed to match all five main numbers and both Lucky Stars to win the €100 million jackpot.

7th June 2013 (€ 100 million)

No ticket holder matched the winning jackpot numbers to scoop the € 100 million top prize so the jackpot rolled over for several draws to reach € 187 million before a player from Ireland and one from Belgium matched the five main numbers and two Lucky Stars on 25th June 2013 to share the jackpot.

22nd March 2013 (€ 100 million)

The Superdraw started with a guaranteed € 100 jackpot but, as there was no jackpot winner, rolled to € 132 million before being won on 29th March 2013 by a single French ticket holder.

28th September 2012 (€ 100 million)

In the draw, a single ticket purchased in Spain matched the winning numbers to scoop the entire €100 million Superdraw jackpot.

4 Oct 2011 (€ 100 million)

The Superdraw jackpot of € 100 million was not won, and rolled over to the following draw. It then reached € 117 million, where it was won by Dave and Angela Dawes, a couple from Wisbech, Cambridgeshire.

10 May 2011 (€ 100 million)

The jackpot created by the Superdraw was € 100 million, but it rolled over to the following week as no jackpot winner was found. This created a top prize of € 121 million which was won by a Spanish ticketholder in the next draw.

  • 1 October 2010 (€ 100 million)
  • 5 February 2010 (€ 100 million)
  • 18 September 2009 (€ 100 million)
  • 6 March 2009 (€ 100 million)
  • 26 September 2008 (€ 130 million)
  • 8 February 2008 (€ 130 million)
  • 28 September 2007 (€ 130 million)
  • 9 February 2007 (€ 100 million)

More Superdraws On The Way

The number of Superdraws per year is also set to increase from 2020. There have been two a year since 2017, but there are set to be three of these special draws every year from now on.

Superdraws increase the jackpot to a guaranteed amount, regardless of its value in the preceding draw or whether or not it has just been won. The top prize can then roll over if it isn’t won, quickly creating some of the game’s largest jackpots.

The typical value of a Superdraw jackpot is €130 million, like in the most recent one on Friday 7th June. On that occasion, no tickets matched all the numbers on the night and a UK player won £123 million in the following draw.

More information about the EuroMillions changes will be published closer to the time, so keep checking back on Euro-Millions.com for the latest updates.

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