EuroMillions Jackpot Won for Second Draw in a Row – This Time by an Irish Player
Last Updated: Wednesday 12th February 2020, 09:43 am
Ireland has crowned its first EuroMillions jackpot winner of 2020 after one ticket holder matched all five numbers and both Lucky Stars in the 11th February draw to win €17 million.
The winner played the numbers 24, 26, 32, 43, 46, and Lucky Stars 6 and 10 and became the 15th Irish player to match the entire winning line to win the EuroMillions jackpot. A spokesperson for the National Lottery urged players to check their tickets: “This is amazing news! €17 million is a mind-blowing sum of money and we are delighted to confirm that this lucky ticket was sold in Ireland.
“This is Ireland’s 15th EuroMillions jackpot winner and we are now asking all our players to check their tickets very carefully to see if they are the lucky winner or winners.
“If they are the lucky winners we encourage them to sign the back of the ticket, keep it safe and contact the National Lottery Prize Claims team. We will make arrangements for you to collect this unbelievable prize”.
This latest win came just four days after a Superdraw jackpot of €130 million was won by one ticket holder from Madrid. It is the first time that the EuroMillions jackpot has been won in consecutive draws since October 2018.
Tuesday’s draw turned out to be an especially lucky one for Irish players as one ticket holder also won the EuroMillions Plus top prize of €500,000. Go to the Results page to see all the prizes that were won in Tuesday's draw.
So far, no further information has been released by the National Lottery about where the winning ticket was bought. The winner has 90 days to claim their prize.
New EuroMillions rules in place
Tuesday’s draw was the third since EuroMillions underwent its biggest changes in years. As part of the changes the jackpot cap increased to €200 million, with the potential for it to grow to €250 million in the future.
The prize structure was also updated to allocate more money to the jackpot, meaning that it will grow faster and hit €100 million faster than it previously did. Under the old structure the jackpot hit nine figures after around 11 consecutive rollovers, but under the new rules it is estimated that it will reach that amount after eight draws.
The final big change was to the number of Superdraws expected to take place. On average, there were two Superdraws a year under the old rules, but after the changes it is expected that three will take place every year. The €130 million draw from last week was the first of 2020 and it got the year off to a great start for one lucky player.
Read this article about the February EuroMillions changes to learn about all the updates in more detail