How the Odds of You Becoming a EuroMillions Millionaire are Better Than Ever
Last Updated: Friday 6th October 2017, 10:24 am
Tuesday’s EuroMillions draw saw the game’s €190 million jackpot cap come into force for the first time in almost three years, an occurrence that has sent shockwaves around the country. But with only 11 Irish ticket holders ever having laid their hands on the coveted top prize, is there an easier way to become a millionaire in tonight’s draw?
The Jackpot Cap
First of all, for those unaware of how the jackpot cap works, a quick reminder. When the jackpot hits €190 million, the jackpot cap is activated, meaning that the pan-European game’s premium prize can grow no further. Once the cap has been reached, the jackpot can roll for a further four draws or until it is won. If a winner cannot be found in this time, the money on offer will roll down to the next highest winning prize tier.
As the jackpot can remain static for up to four draws, the funds that would normally go towards boosting the top prize must roll down to the next highest winning prize tier, most likely the Match 5+1 tier. The longer the jackpot goes unclaimed, the larger the prizes in this tier can become, ultimately producing much larger multi-million Euro totals. As it is statistically easier to match five main numbers and one Lucky Star, the odds of winning in this tier are far more favourable.
In fact, you are 20 times more likely to win a Match 5+1 prize than you are the jackpot. Granted, you won’t receive the full €190 million, but you could receive a pretty hefty share of a seven or even eight-figure sum of money. As tonight's draw will be the second draw at the cap, there is a chance that a total in the region of €10 to €20 million could be on offer, however, this does depend on ticket sales in the lead up to the draw.
You’ve Got to be in it to Win it
You may be sick and tired of the old adage ‘You’ve got to be in it to win it’, but that really is the case with tonight’s draw. Whether you’re planning to pursuit the jackpot or you’re playing to land a prize in a lower tier, you can pick your numbers online or purchased your tickets from authorised retailers right across the Republic. Good luck!