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!
September 2016 – EuroMillions Overhaul
September 2016 saw sweeping changes made to the EuroMillions format, including the introduction of new supplementary games in six countries and a €2 million increase to the minimum jackpot. The price of entry was increased as follows:
The price change covered the cost of new raffles and supplementary games implemented across Europe. With the new games came the introduction of a Europe-wide raffle event, the European Millionaire Maker. The first European Millionaire Maker raffle took place on Friday 28th October 2016, with 25 winning codes selected.
Another big change was the introduction to the game of a 12th Lucky Star; the odds of winning in each prize tier changed as a result:
|Match 5 + 2 Stars||1 in 116,531,800||1 in 139,838,160|
|Match 5 + 1 Star||1 in 6,473,989||1 in 6,991,908|
|Match 5||1 in 3,236,995||1 in 3,107,515|
|Match 4 + 2 Stars||1 in 517,920||1 in 621,503|
|Match 4 + 1 Star||1 in 28,774||1 in 31,076|
|Match 3 + 2 Stars||1 in 11,771||1 in 14,126|
|Match 4||1 in 14,387||1 in 13,812|
|Match 2 + 2 Stars||1 in 882||1 in 986|
|Match 3 + 1 Star||1 in 654||1 in 707|
|Match 3||1 in 327||1 in 314|
|Match 1 + 2 Stars||1 in 157||1 in 188|
|Match 2 + 1 Stars||1 in 46||1 in 50|
|Match 2||1 in 23||1 in 22|
|The overall odds of winning a prize remained at 1 in 13.|
The UK’s popular ‘Mega Friday’ promotional draw — which saw multiple £1 million raffle prizes and luxury non-cash prizes awarded on the last Friday of each month – also saw a major change. The event was expanded to offer prizes in two consecutive draws and was renamed ‘Mega Week’.
All changes came into effect as of Saturday 24th September 2016, with the very first Mega Week beginning on Tuesday 27th September. Ten raffle prizes of £1 million plus a 100-day round-the-world trip were given out, and a special €130 million Superdraw took place on Friday 30th September. Mega Week ran for nine months, with the last Mega Week draws taking place on Tuesday 25th and Friday 28th June 2017.
Changes Summary (General)
- Minimum jackpot increased from €15 million to €17 million
- European Millionaire Maker raffle introduced
- Ticket price increased in all participating countries
- The number of draws in which the jackpot could stay at its cap before triggering a rolldown increased from two to five
- Number of Lucky Stars increased from 11 to 12, resulting in a change to the odds of winning individual prizes
Changes Summary (UK)
- UK Mega Friday transformed into Mega Week, an occasional event that offered multiple Millionaire Maker prizes, and non-cash prizes including luxury holidays
- Number of UK Millionaire Maker prizes offered per draw increased from one to two. The chances of winning improved from 1 in 4.8 million to 1 in 1.9 million for a Tuesday draw, and from 1 in 7.5 million to 1 in 2.95 million for a Friday draw
Changes Summary (Rest of Europe)
- ‘Ireland Only Raffle’ supplementary game introduced to Ireland, offering ten €5,000 prizes every draw
- ‘El Millón’ supplementary raffle introduced to Spain, offering a €1 million prize every Friday
- ‘My Bonus’ supplementary raffle introduced to Belgium, offering 600 prizes of €500 and one prize worth €1 million every week
- ‘M1lhão’ supplementary raffle introduced to Portugal, offering a €1 million prize every Friday
- ‘2. Chance’ supplementary draw introduced to Switzerland, offering players the chance to win up to CHF150,000 using their main EuroMillions numbers
- ‘Etoile+’ add-on game introduced in France, offering increased prizes and additional prize tiers for matching Lucky Stars
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.
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.
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.
€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.
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
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.
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|
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.