EuroMillions Superdraws take place from time to time and usually guarantee a jackpot of €130 million, regardless of whether or not the jackpot was won in the preceding draw.
These Superdraws can be announced at any time but are normally held to celebrate anniversaries or special occasions. They operate under the same rules as regular draws and the only difference is the size of the guaranteed jackpot. In the event that no player matches all five main numbers and two Lucky Stars, the jackpot will roll over to the following draw. Like a regular draw, if there are no top prize winners then the jackpot will continue to roll until it reaches the jackpot cap. Event Draws are similar to Superdraws but operate under a slightly different rule whereby if the jackpot is not won on the night of the draw, the funds will roll down to be shared among players in the next prize tier in that draw (as opposed to rolling over). The jackpot fund for EuroMillions Superdraws is subsidised by the EuroMillions Booster Fund, which receives 8.6% of the Common Prize Fund from each regular EuroMillions draw.
History of EuroMillions Superdraws is listed below:
13 November 2015 (€100 million)
5 June 2015 (€100 million)
6 March 2015 (€100 million)
3 October 2014 (€100 million)
7 March 2014 (€100 million)
15 November 2013 (€100 million)
7 June 2013 (€100 million)
22 March 2013 (€100 million)
28 September 2012 (€100 million)
4 October 2011 (€100 million)
10 May 2011 (€100 million)
See more winners in history of the Euro Millions Lotto.
Biggest jackpot Euro Millions
All of Europe’s biggest jackpots have been the result of EuroMillions Superdraws. During a Superdraw the jackpot is increased to €100 million. This results in a massive spike in popularity as stores from right across the continent are swarmed with eager players. Further rollovers raise the jackpot ever higher, as far as €190 million, or approx. £142.2 million. The first Superdraw of 2016 will take place on September 30th with a starting jackpot of €130 million. This draw will coincide with the new rule changes which will also come into effect on that date.
A EuroMillions Superdraw automatically sets the jackpot to a pre-determined amount of money – generally €100 million or approximately £74.8 million. The awarded amount is calculated by adding money from a special Superdraw fund to whatever the current EuroMillions jackpot amount is. Therefore Superdraws tend to take place when there is already some money built up in the kitty. In total, there have been 19 Superdraws since 2007, with a 20th announced for September 2016. If a player plays EuroMillions at Lottoland players can increase their jackpot winnings with the DoubleJackpot option. The chance to win up to €380 million, approx. £284.4 million, is just one click away!
Superdraws often take place on important EuroMillions anniversaries, to coincide with important rules changes, or to celebrate particular dates and events. Although the exact dates can be difficult to predict, at least one Superdraw has been held each year since 2007, with 3 held in 2013, two in 2014 and three again in 2015. The following Superdraws have taken place since EuroMillions’ launch, starting with the most recent 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)
Events draws are similar to Superdraws, usually setting the jackpot at €100 million, regardless of its current amount. The main difference is that an Event Draw will always celebrate a specific event and the prize money does not roll over if it is not won. In contrast to a Superdraw, if no one wins prize money on an Event Draw it will roll down to the next tiers until all of it is exhausted. This means Event draws will usually produce more winners but do not have the opportunity to grow to the same size as a Superdraw. The best example of an Events Draw is the EuroMillions Christmas lottery.
Gap year student Ianthe Fullagar of Ravenglass, Cumbria was one of the big Superdraw winners for the 26 September 2008 draw. Then 18 years old, she became the youngest Superdraw winner of all time and, in true student fashion, celebrated her win with a can of cider and a meal of baked beans on toast. After discovering she was the big winner Ianthe was so worried that she might lose her winning ticket that she kept it in her bra for safe keeping until she could claim her prize. She would become the 27th richest young person in the UK with her £7,000,000 prize and unlike one may have assumed for such a young winner, she has apparently invested her money wisely and went on to attend law school rather than squandering it away.
On 6 March 2009, 15 lucky residents of the quaint French village of Venelles, just outside of Marseille, shared a Superdraw jackpot of £83,000,000. The town of just 8,000 inhabitants was thrown into an uproar and swarmed by the French press after a syndicate of friends managed to correctly guess the Superdraw winning numbers. The winning friends all elected to keep their identities anonymous with mayor Jean-Pierre Saez, who knew the lucky individuals, only revealing that they were “people who get up early and work hard.”
In October 2011 Dave and Angela Dawes and banked a £101 million Superdraw prize. Infamously the couple drew up a list of 20 people with whom to share a portion of their prize with, creating a real-life soap opera. As expected the tabloids lapped it up.
Andrew Louden of Dalkeith, Scotland became famous for not winning the June 2013 Superdraw. The factory worker got a friend to post a message on his Facebook wall congratulating him on his Superdraw as a joke. But soon he was inundated with friend requests, including one from his ex-girlfriend! Eventually the story got picked up by the press and soon went viral. Louden would later tell the Edinburgh Evening News that the entire episode “was simply a joke which got out of hand.”
In the last Superdraw of 2014, an anonymous player from Portugal won the full, maximum-cap jackpot of €190 million, or approximately £142.2 million. This marked the second time that the maximum amount had been won. The first was the 2012 win by Adrian and Gillian Bayford. Unlike in the UK however, where lottery winnings are tax free, the Portuguese winner had to pay a significant chunk of his winnings in tax to the government.