German Player Wins Maximum €90 Million Jackpot
A player from Germany has equalled the record for the biggest-ever Eurojackpot win after landing €90 million in the latest draw on Friday 7th February. With the jackpot cap in place, there was also a bigger prize fund than usual split between winners in the second tier.
The jackpot had reached its €90 million cap after seven consecutive weeks without a winner, sparking a rush for tickets across the 18 participating countries. A single entry managed to match all the winning numbers - 7, 16, 22, 36 and 44, plus Euro numbers 3 and 4. Go to the Eurojackpot Results page for more information about the draw.
The winning ticket was sold in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia. The winner had spent €18.50 on playing the game, submitting nine entries, and was rewarded with the largest possible return on their investment.
It is the largest win ever seen in the state, surpassing the €75 million won by a player from the Rhineland in March 2016. Axel Weber, a spokesperson for lottery operator WestLotto, said: “North Rhine-Westphalia is very lucky. We have had 34 players from our federal state alone who can now look forward to millions in winnings. A special congratulations goes to the record winner.”
Big Prizes in Second Tier
As well as the jackpot winner, there were 14 players who matched five main numbers plus one Euro number to pocket €1.3 million each. Ten of these winners came from Germany, along with one each from Denmark, Finland, Hungary and Italy.
There was over €19 million in the prize fund for the second tier because no more money could go to the jackpot beyond the €90 million maximum. The jackpot had already been as high as €85.9 million the previous week, so once the top prize reached €90 million the extra funds that would normally have been allocated to it instead went to players in the Match 5 + 1 category.
When the jackpot cap takes effect in this way, it makes it more likely that you will win a larger prize because you don’t have even to match all the numbers to grab a share of a multimillion-euro award.
There is no limit to how long the jackpot can stay at €90 million before it is won. On this occasion it was given away in the first draw, but it has stayed at its cap for several weeks in the past before there has been a winner.
The jackpot will now revert to €10 million for the next draw on Friday 14th February. Play online or visit an authorised retailer to make it a Valentine’s Day to remember.
Article Last Updated: Monday 10th February 2020 at 11:47 AM