What is a EuroMillions ‘Super Draw’?

At certain times in the year we have Super Draw Events, where the EuroMillions jackpot is guaranteed to be a certain amount.  Some of you have been asking questions about these events on our social channels, so to help explain Super Draws and why we have them we’ve put the following Q&A together to give you more information.

Q: What is a Super Draw event? 

A Super Draw Event is where we  ‘guarantee’ that the EuroMillions Jackpot will be a significant amount on a certain date.

Q: What is the guaranteed amount

The EuroMillions jackpot is guaranteed to be €100m, which we estimate to be £72m here in the UK based on current exchange rates.

Q: How do you know when you will have these draws?

The Super Draw Events are planned in advance with the agreement of all nine EuroMillions countries. They are scheduled on days that work for all the countries in relation to other lottery event draws as well as local events, such as public holidays.

Q: Why do you have these draws?

The main reason players buy EuroMillions tickets is to win huge jackpots – people get more excited the higher the jackpot amount. As it is a lottery, anything can happen, so it is difficult to predict when there’ll be a giant jackpot. Planning a Super Draw Event enables us to plan advertising and promotion around a guaranteed  jackpot. This keeps the game fresh and exciting for players, helping to drive sales, the number of winners and, ultimately, the amount of money for National Lottery-funded Projects, which to date, you’ve all helped raise £33 billion for.

Q: How does it work?

Whatever the jackpot has naturally reached by the date of the agreed draw, we’ll boost it up to the guaranteed amount of £72m. For example, if on the Tuesday before the Super Draw Event, the jackpot rolled and going into Friday’s draw was estimated at £22m, we would top that up to £72m.

In the past, there have been times when the jackpot has been topped up from the first draw after a jackpot has been won (we call this a ‘base draw’), and times when it has been topped up from a much higher jackpot following a series of rolls. 

Q: Where does the money come from?

For each EuroMillions draw, a percentage of the shared prize fund is added to a fund known as the ‘EuroMillions Reserve Fund’. This Reserve Fund is shared by us and the other EuroMillions countries and following a jackpot being won, is used to boost the first game up to £10m. It can also be used to increase the jackpot for Super Draw Events.

Q: If you don’t need to top up the jackpot, what happens to the money?

If the jackpot naturally reaches £72m, then the money that would have been used to top it up to £72m remains in the EuroMillions Reserve Fund, which is used to fund future Super Draw Events or promotions.

Q: Why don’t you add the guaranteed amount to the existing jackpot?

A guaranteed jackpot is just that – it’s not adding a guaranteed amount on top of the natural jackpot, it’s simply boosting it.