It’s Not That Super Actually

When is a Superdraw not a Superdraw? That’s the problem that faced the organisers of the EuroMillions Superdraw this week. A planned enhanced jackpot of €130 million in Friday’s draw will not now take place. However, that’s not bad news for those of you who fancy becoming a multi-millionaire.

You see the problem is that the €130 million jackpot in the planned EuroMillions Superdraw would not be enhanced at all. In fact, it’d be lower than the jackpot we already have. A series of rollovers has left us in the position that on Friday April 29, the top prize is €158 million, that’s £134 million.

The last EuroMillions draw was on Tuesday and that was an interesting one for the organizers. If the jackpot of €138 million (£117 million) had been won, then the Superdraw could have gone ahead as planned. There could have been two successive jackpot wins of over €130 million if someone also won on Friday.

No one was able to win Tuesday’s jackpot though, so bye bye Superdraw. Not since March 18 has the EuroMillions jackpot been won. On that occasion a €53.6 million top prize was shared by tickets sold in France and Spain. The 11 draws that have taken place since then have all ended in rollovers.

If the jackpot keeps on avoiding being won, we could see a record EuroMillions win. At present the record is €220 million won last October. That was sold to a French player who has since decided to use most of it to help save the planet.

Under the new EuroMillions rules, the jackpot cap now rises to €230 million, so the current record is in danger of being beaten.

This is the first cancellation of a EuroMillions Superdraw since June 2014. On that occasion, the Superdraw had an enhanced jackpot of €100 million. However, a series of rollovers meant the jackpot had risen to €105 million so the Superdraw didn’t take place and was held later in the year.

There’s also a massive jackpot to be won in Italy’s SuperEnalotto draw. That doesn’t have any must-be-won draws or jackpot caps. Tuesday’s draw ended in a rollover and on Thursday, players will be trying to win a €194.9 jackpot.

This is a notoriously difficult jackpot to win due to it having 90 main balls to choose from. In fact, no one has won the top prize since May 2021. On that occasion a player won a €153.6 million top prize. The following draw saw the jackpot begin at €31.6 million and it’s been climbing ever since.

The current €194.9 million jackpot is the second highest in the history of the lottery. There’s not too far to go to beat the record jackpot of €209 million won in August 2019. Three draws are held a week (Tuesday/Thursday/Saturday) with the jackpot rising by around €1.4 million with every rollover. The €200 million mark could be reached in the draw due to be held on Saturday May 6.