Superdraws Taking Place More Frequently
EuroMillions underwent some big changes in February 2020, and as part of those changes the UK National Lottery told its players that it expected the number of Superdraws that take place each year to increase. Over the course of EuroMillions history there have been two Superdaws a year on average, but after February’s changes that was expected to increase to three per year.
With the confirmation of September’s Superdraw, the nine EuroMillions partners are following through on this commitment, as it will be the third Superdraw to take place in 2020.
The first of the year was held to mark those changes in February. It was held on Friday 7th February and also offered a guaranteed jackpot worth €130 million. One ticket holder from Spain won the entire amount on the night. It was the first Superdraw jackpot in three years not to roll over to the following draw.
Then on 3rd July the second Superdraw of the year was held, once again for a jackpot of €130 million. That jackpot did roll over and in the following draw a ticket holder from Valladolid in Spain took home a prize worth €144 million.
Gaining entry to the next Superdraw is simple — just buy a EuroMillions ticket for the draw on 25th September. You’ll then be in with a chance of winning a huge nine-figure jackpot, as well as the prizes on offer in EuroMillions’ supplementary draws and raffles, such as the UK Millionaire Maker. Check your tickets after the draw to find out if you’ve won a prize in the main draw or the raffle and visit the EuroMillions Results page to find out if anyone won the Superdraw jackpot.
January 2012 – Change to Jackpot Cap
On 12th January 2012, the EuroMillions jackpot cap was frozen at €190 million. Previous rules set in 2009 stated that each time the jackpot cap was reached, it would be increased by €5 million. The last cap increase had taken place in July 2011, when Scottish couple Colin and Chris Weir won a capped €185 million (£161.6 million) jackpot – the largest lottery prize ever won in the UK at the time.
A second rule was changed alongside the jackpot cap; the top prize could remain at its maximum size for two draws, instead of one draw, before being rolled down to the next prize tier.
- Jackpot cap increase rule scrapped; jackpot cap frozen at €190 million
- Jackpot roll-down deadline increased from one draw after reaching cap to two draws after reaching cap
New EuroMillions Jackpot Cap Could Be Reached
The previous Superdraw in February took place to tie in with the biggest changes to EuroMillions in years. There was an overhaul of the prize structure, which meant that the jackpot will now reach €100 million even quicker, and it was also announced that EuroMillions Superdraws will take place more frequently every year.
One of the biggest and most exciting changes concerned the jackpot cap. Prior to February, the EuroMillions jackpot could reach a maximum of €190 million — once it reached that much it hit its cap and could not rise any higher.
The jackpot is now allowed to reach €200 million, an increase of €10 million on the previous cap. What’s more, there are new rules in place that allow it to reach even bigger amounts in the future.
When the €200 million cap is reached and the jackpot has been won, the cap will increase by another €10 million to €210 million. Once that cap has been hit and the jackpot is won again, it will increase again, and so on until it reaches a true maximum of €250 million.
Superdraws offer the best chance that the jackpot cap will be reached, because the top prize will be bumped to a guaranteed nine-figure amount — such as the €130 million on offer in July’s Superdraw — regardless of what it was in the preceding draw. That means that whole weeks’ worth of rollovers can be skipped in one go.
For example, a EuroMillions Superdraw took place on 15th September 2017 but the €130 million jackpot was not won on the night. Instead, it took just five rollovers for it to reach the €190 million cap, before it was won by a ticket holder from Spain.
Compare that to the incredible run of 18 rollovers that took the jackpot from its starting value of €17 million all the way to the €190 million cap between July and September 2019. The eventual winner got the same amount as the Spanish winner from 2017, it just took a lot longer for the jackpot to reach its maximum.
Regardless of whether it is won on the night or rolls over to its cap, the Superdraw on 3rd July is one of the most exciting events of the year for EuroMillions players. Ticket sales close around an hour before the draw is due to take place — enter in-store or online.
All About the Superdraw Jackpot
The jackpot for the EuroMillions Superdraw is worth at least €100 million. It will have the announced amount regardless of how big the previous jackpot gets. The first prize in regular EuroMillions draws starts out at €17 million and then it can get as high as €200 million, which is the game’s established cap as of February 2020. For Superdraws, jackpots are of at least €100 million, which is a significant boost.
If the Superdraw jackpot is not won, then the amount increases further in the following draws until it reaches the €200 million cap. After that, the first prize stays at the maximum amount for three more draws, at the most. If there is no jackpot winner on the fourth €200 million draw, then the entire amount is split between the winners of the following category.
€130 Million Jackpot Guaranteed
The jackpot for the 25th September Superdraw has been set at a guaranteed €130 million, which will work out at approximately £115 million for UK players and CHF140 million to those in Switzerland. That’s a guaranteed minimum, so if the jackpot is won in the draw before and resets to its starting value of €17 million in time for the Superdraw, a further €113 million will be added to the total to take it to its guaranteed amount.
If, however, the jackpot rolls over to be worth more than €130 million by the time the Superdraw comes around, the funds that were reserved for the special event will be retained and another event will be scheduled for sometime in the future. That’s only ever happened twice, most recently in October 2019 when a UK ticket holder won a €190 million (£170 million) jackpot after a record number of rollovers.
The jackpot for the next draw on Tuesday 25th August is €122 million (£109 million), so there is the chance that it will roll over to supersede the €130 million Superdraw jackpot. There are, however, nine draws before 25th September, so there are plenty of opportunities for the jackpot to be hit before then.
February 2020 — Changes to the Jackpot Cap
On 1st February 2020 a number of changes were made to EuroMillions and the jackpots on offer. The changes were implemented to help jackpots grow bigger and faster than under previous game rules, without an increase in ticket price or the number of balls to choose from. In addition, the new prize structure meant that the average number of Superdraws taking place each year would increase.
The Jackpot Cap, which stood at €190 million since January 2012, increased to €200 million, with the potential of climbing further to €250 million in future. Read more about the EuroMillions jackpot cap changes from February 2020.
Who Are the Biggest Superdraw Winners?
The EuroMillions Superdraw has made quite a few winners over the years, but some of them have joined the ranks of the biggest winners in the history of this lottery. This is the Superdraw Hall of Fame! Find out the amazing stories behind the largest wins in this special lottery event!
Anonymous Winner, Spain – €190 Million
EuroMillions players will long remember 6 October 2017 as the day that an anonymous winner scooped the entire €190 million jackpot! Of course, since the winner is anonymous, there are questions about their identity, but in this case, there are even more questions! For one thing, the winning ticket was sold in the popular vacation destination of Gran Canaria, so while the history books record the Superdraw winner as being Spanish, there’s a good chance that the winner is a tourist from another country. How do you top that vacation? With €190 million in the bank, you can certainly try!
Anonymous Winner, Portugal – €190 Million
2014 was a busy year for Superdraws with 3 taking place that year alone. On 3 October 2014, the third of the year took place. There were no Superdraw winners in the initial draw and the jackpot continued to roll over until it reached its cap of €190 million. On 24 October, a single Portuguese ticket holder took the entire jackpot! Considering how hard of a hit Portugal took in the financial crisis that shook the Eurozone, that lucky winner was especially lucky!
Anonymous Winner, Belgium – €168 Million
EuroMillions underwent a host of rule changes in September 2016 and celebrated the makeover with a Superdraw on 30 September. An unprecedented €130 million starting jackpot got everyone’s attention, although no one won the first draw. One lucky, anonymous Belgian scooped 2016’s only Superdraw on 11 October!
EuroMillions Superdraw Facts
- The minimum jackpot is approximately AUD$210 million, no matter how small the previous jackpot was.
- It costs the same amount to play as a regular EuroMillions draw.
- The chances of winning are exactly the same as a regular EuroMillions draw.
- You enter a Superdraw in the same way as a regular draw, just make sure you select the Superdraw when you buy your European Millions tickets.
- If it’s not won, the jackpot continues to grow until it is won, until it hits the jackpot cap of AUD$320 million.
- Twice in the past, the Superdraw prize was smaller than the regular jackpot! When this happens, the planned Superdraw is cancelled. In 2014, the normal draw was worth more than the Superdraw’s AUD$160 million. In 2019, the normal draw, at an astounding AUD$305 million, was worth significantly more than the Superdraw’s AUD$160 million.
- Winnings are tax and commission free.
The Advantages of Playing the EuroMillions Superdraw Online
Playing the EuroMillions Superdraw online is not only more comfortable, but it can also help you increase your odds of winning the big jackpot. Here are only a few of the game options available online on theLotter that will skyrocket your chances of becoming a Superdraw winner:
Play with Syndicates – enter the Superdraw together with a group of players and increase your chances of scooping the big jackpot by playing with more tickets for an affordable price.
Play with Bundles – play with a ticket and a share in a syndicate for a diverse lottery experience in the EuroMillions. You also get a better price for both of them.
Play with Systematic Forms – use statistics to your advantage and play with every possible combination of your lucky numbers. If you match the drawn EuroMillions numbers, you will have more prize-winning tickets.
November 2009 – Changes to EuroMillions Format
On 7th November 2009, EuroMillions’ 11-rollover limit was replaced by a jackpot cap of €185 million. In the event of the jackpot reaching €185 million, it would remain there for one additional draw before being rolled down to winners in the next prize tier. Additionally, the jackpot cap would be increased by €5 million once reached.
The price of a EuroMillions ticket also increased from £1.50 to £2. The price increase heralded the launch of a new supplementary raffle game, ‘Millionaire Raffle’, on 13th November. Included in the EuroMillions ticket’s new price, UK players would get the chance to win a guaranteed €1 million every week by matching the raffle code printed on their ticket with the code revealed during a EuroMillions draw.
- Rollover cap replaced by €185 million jackpot cap, increased by €5 million each time it is reached
- New supplementary ‘Millionaire Raffle’ introduced in the UK
- Ticket price increased from £1.50 to £2.
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.
EuroMillions SuperDraws FAQ
With such anticipation for these special draws, people are curious to know how to find out everything about them. We’ve answered the biggest questions about the Superdraws so that you’re ready to play.
Are there any special rules for the Superdraws?
No, there aren’t. The EuroMillions Superdraws have the same game format as the regular draws in this lottery. The numbers are drawn in the same way, from the same guess range. The only difference is the jackpot, which is higher. You still have to match the 5 main numbers and the 2 Lucky Stars to win the pot.
Are EuroMillions Superdraws held on special occasions?
No, they usually aren’t. Superdraws are not hosted to celebrate a special occasion. They are held a few times a year and announced a few weeks beforehand.
Are the Superdraws tickets different than EuroMillions tickets?
No, they aren’t. As the Superdraws follow the same rules as the usual draws, the tickets are also the same. If you have an active subscription to the EuroMillions, then your tickets for the Superdraw are assured.
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.
When is the Next EuroMillions Superdraw?
The next EuroMillions Superdraw will take place on 21-Nov-2020
There are typically about 3 each year, and they can come at any time. They’re usually announced a few weeks before the draw, so be sure to check in regularly with The Lottery Office to make sure you don’t miss out on the next EuroMillions Superdraw.
For every ticket you buy in our own government licensed European Millions lottery, we buy a matching ticket in the corresponding EuroMillions draw. With this system, entry in our lottery ensures you can win from the AUD$210 million Superdraws offered by the EuroMillions.
Here are the EuroMillions Superdraws results since it first started way back in 2007:
|Draw Date||Initial Jackpot||Winning Jackpot||Winner From|
|25 September 2020||AUD$215 million||AUD$215 million||Spain|
|3 July 2020||AUD$210 million||AUD$230 million||Spain|
|7 February 2020||AUD$210 million||AUD$210 million||Spain|
|7 June 2019||AUD$210 million||AUD$220 million||UK|
|1 February 2019||AUD$195 million||AUD$285 million||Ireland|
|21 September 2018||AUD$210 million||AUD$280 million||Switzerland|
|20 April 2018||AUD$210 million||AUD$217 million||UK|
|15 September 2017||AUD$210 million||AUD$305 million||Spain|
|30 June 2017||AUD$156 million||AUD$156 million||UK|
|30 September 2016||AUD$210 million||AUD$273 million||Belgium|
|6 November 2015||AUD$160 million||AUD$265 million||Portugal|
|5 June 2015||AUD$160 million||AUD$165 million||UK|
|6 March 2015||AUD$160 million||AUD$160 million||Portugal|
|3 October 2014||AUD$160 million||AUD$305 million||Portugal|
|7 March 2014||AUD$160 million||AUD$190 million||UK|
|15 November 2013||AUD$160 million||AUD$160 million||Spain|
|7 June 2013||AUD$160 million||AUD$305 million||Belgium|
|22 March 2013||AUD$160 million||AUD$215 million||France|
|28 September 2012||AUD$160 million||AUD$160 million||Spain|
|4 October 2011||AUD$160 million||AUD$180 million||UK|
|10 May 2011||AUD$160 million||AUD$197 million||Spain|
|1 October 2010||AUD$160 million||AUD$202 million||UK|
|5 February 2010||AUD$160 million||AUD$210 million||UK & Spain|
|18 September 2009||AUD$160 million||AUD$160 million||France|
|6 March 2009||AUD$160 million||AUD$160 million||Austria & France|
|9 February 2007||AUD$160 million||AUD$160 million||Belgium|
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.
When Is the Next EuroMillions Superdraw?
The next EuroMillions SuperDraw will be held on Friday, September 25th 2020. The starting jackpot will be of €130 million. This is the third EuroMillions SuperDraw of 2020. This year has brought two Superdraws so far and the next one is jut around the corner.
The latest EuroMillions Superdraw was held on July 3rd, 2020 and it brought a huge €130 million jackpot. The draw resulted in a rollover and the jackpot got to €144 million. In the following draw, a lucky ticket holder from Valladolid, Spain matched the winning numbers and scooped the top prize.
|Jul 3rd, 2020||€130 Million||€144 Million||1 – Spain|
|Feb 7th, 2020||€130 Million||€130 Million||1 – Spain|
|Oct 4th, 2019||€100 Million||€190 Million||1 – UK|
|Jun 7th, 2019||€130 Million||€139 Million||1 – UK|
|Feb 1st, 2019||€120 Million||€175 Million||1 – Ireland|
|Sept 21st, 2018||€130 Million||€162 Million||1 – Switzerland|
|Apr 20th, 2018||€130 Million||€138 Million||1 – UK|
|Sept 25th, 2017||€130 Million||€190 Million||1 – Spain|
|Jun 30th, 2017||€100 Million||€100 Million||1 – UK|
|Sept 30th, 2016||€130 Million||€168 Million||1 – Belgium|
Claim Your Prize Within 180 Days
EuroMillions tickets are valid for 180 days from the date of the draw in the UK, so you have this time to come forward and claim your prize. The process for claiming prizes varies depending on whether you played online or bought your ticket from a retailer.
If you win the Superdraw jackpot, you must telephone the National Lottery to discuss when and where you would like to collect your prize in person. You will need to provide proof of your identity and complete a claim form first of all. A number of security checks will then be conducted to ensure you are the rightful owner of the winning ticket. If you have played via a retailer, you should immediately sign the back of your ticket to stop it being picked up and used by someone else.
If the claim deadline passes without you claiming you prize, the money will be donated to the Good Causes Fund.
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.
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.