The top prize in Eurojackpot starts at a minimum value of €10 million and rolls over every time it is not won, increasing the value of the jackpot available in the following draw. However, there is a jackpot cap of €90 million – this page explains how it works.
What Happens When Eurojackpot Reaches €90 Million?
When the jackpot reaches its maximum value of €90 million, any additional funds generated from ticket sales that would have been added to the jackpot are diverted into the second prize tier. The prize for matching five main numbers and two Euro numbers will then remain fixed at €90 million until it is won, while excess jackpot funds continue to be diverted into the second prize tier (Match 5 + 1 Euro number). The second prize tier also has a cap of €90 million; if it reaches this amount, any excess funds are then diverted to the next prize tier (Match 5).
When Did Eurojackpot First Reach the €90 Million Jackpot Cap?
History was made when the €90 million jackpot cap was first reached in May 2015. On the 8th of May, no player matched all of the numbers drawn, but there were two tickets that matched five main numbers and one Euro number to win €4.3 million each, as excess funds that would have gone into the jackpot were allocated to this prize tier. The jackpot remained at €90 million for the next draw on the 15th of May, when one player from the Czech Republic matched all five main numbers and both Euro numbers to win the €90 million prize. Excess funds had again been diverted to the second tier during this draw, meaning that €22.9 million was shared between three ticket holders who each matched five main numbers and one Euro number.
History of the Jackpot Cap
When Eurojackpot started, there was a consecutive rollover limit of 12. This meant that there could only be 12 draws in a row where the jackpot was not won, and if no one matched all five main numbers and both Euro numbers in the following draw, then the prize would roll down into the next prize tier containing winners.
However, this was found to be too restrictive, as the jackpot only increased to €27.5 million after reaching its consecutive rollover limit in August 2012, and so the limit was withdrawn in February 2013 and replaced with a jackpot cap of €90 million.
The jackpot cap is rarely reached, but when it does happen the lure of a huge prize can lead to some remarkable results. In January 2017, a jackpot of €90 million was split five ways, as three players from Germany, one from Denmark and one from the Netherlands all won €18 million.