EuroMillions creates thousands of winners across the continent in every draw, who can receive anything from small cash prizes to life-changing jackpots. There are 13 different ways to win, allowing ticket holders to win prizes by matching as few as two of the main numbers.
The jackpot is given away if anyone can match all five main numbers plus both Lucky Stars, and there is always a minimum of 17 million on offer. The top prize rolls over when it is not won and can increase quickly, up to a cap of 190 million. When the jackpot reaches 190 million, it can only stay at this level for four draws before it must be won if nobody matches five main numbers plus both Lucky Stars after the fourth draw, the funds will then roll down to be shared by the players in the next winning prize tier.
Biggest EuroMillions Winner
There have been two occasions when a jackpot worth 190 million has been won. It first happened on 10th August 2012, when Adrian and Gillian Bayford from the UK matched the numbers drawn to scoop the maximum EuroMillions jackpot (worth £148.6 million).
The Bayfords record was equalled on 24th October 2014 when a Portuguese ticket holder pocketed 190 million. The jackpot had reached its cap following a sequence of six rollovers, after a Superdraw on Friday 3rd October had increased the top prize to a guaranteed 100 million.
Other impressive EuroMillions wins:
A EuroMillions jackpot of 187.9 million was split between two participants on 25th June 2013. There was one winner from Ireland and one from Belgium, each receiving an impressive 93.9 million.
Colin and Chris Weir from the UK won 185 million (161.6 million) on 12th July 2011, which remains the largest EuroMillions jackpot in pounds sterling. While they technically won less than the Bayfords, the Weirs benefited from a more favourable exchange rate at the time of their win.