Will the EuroMillions Superdraw Create Another Big Irish Win?
Last Updated: Thursday 2nd July 2020, 10:49 am
Friday’s EuroMillions Superdraw will give players the chance to scoop a jackpot of €130 million. It is only the second special event of its kind this year and has the potential to set up one of Ireland’s biggest wins.
In a Superdraw - also known as a Megadraw - the jackpot is increased to a guaranteed nine-figure amount. That is why the top prize has jumped up so much from the €62 million that was offered on Tuesday. The money comes from a Reserve Fund, so Superdraws can only be scheduled occasionally when sufficient funds have accumulated.
If the jackpot is not won on the night in a Superdraw, it rolls over to the following draw. Irish players have a successful record on Megadraws.
Biggest Irish Winners
The largest win in Irish lottery history came after a Superdraw in February 2019. Nobody won the top prize on the night of the big event and it kept growing for five more draws until it reached €175 million. When it was finally won, the lucky ticket was sold at Reilly’s Daybreak in The Naul, County Dublin. The win sparked wild speculation in the area and a family syndicate quickly came forward. They described the moment as a ‘dream come true’ and insisted they would use the money to look after future generations of the family.
Back in 2013, another Superdraw rollover resulted in a jackpot of €187 million being put up for grabs on 25th June. An Irish winner shared the top prize with someone from Belgium, netting more than €93 million. The player, from Beaumont in North Dublin, decided to stay anonymous rather than go public.
Not all winners have opted to remain private. Ireland’s first EuroMillions winner was Dolores McNamara, a cleaning lady from Limerick who picked up €115 million in July 2005. She spent her winnings on houses for all six of her children and also enjoyed a series of holidays around the world. Go to the Biggest Winners page to find out more stories behind Ireland’s luckiest players.
New Jackpot Cap of €200 Million
The Superdraw this Friday could even pave the way for the biggest EuroMillions win of all time, after the jackpot cap was increased from €190 million to €200 million earlier this year.
The increase to the jackpot cap was one of several rule changes made to the game at the start of February. Another tweak was to give more money from the prize fund to the jackpot in every draw. It could therefore take even less time for the top prize to hit €200 million.
If you are looking forward to Friday’s draw, of course, the hope will be to match all seven numbers on the night so that there is no need to rise any higher. You can take part online now or go to an authorised retailer. See the EuroMillions Results straight after the Superdraw to find out if you have landed a prize.