All of Europe's biggest jackpots have been the result of EuroMillions Superdraws. During a Superdraw the jackpot is increased to €100 million or more. This results in a massive spike in popularity as stores from right across the continent are swarmed with eager players. Further rollovers raise the jackpot ever higher, as far as €190 million, or approx. £165 million.
When Is The EuroMillions Superdraw 2016?
The first Superdraw of 2016 will take place on September 30th with a starting jackpot of €130 million. This draw will coincide with the new rule changes which will also come into effect on that date.
How Big Is The EuroMillions Superdraw?
A EuroMillions Superdraw automatically sets the jackpot to a pre-determined amount of money – generally €100 million (approximately £87 million) or more. The awarded amount is calculated by adding money from a special Superdraw fund to whatever the current EuroMillions jackpot amount is.
Therefore Superdraws tend to take place when there is already some money built up in the kitty.
In total, there have been 19 Superdraws since 2007, with a 20th announced for September 2016.
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When Do Superdraws Take Place?
Superdraws often take place on important EuroMillions anniversaries, to coincide with important rules changes, or to celebrate particular dates and events. Although the exact dates can be difficult to predict, at least one Superdraw has been held each year since 2007, with 3 held in 2013, two in 2014 and three again in 2015.
The following Superdraws have taken place since EuroMillions' launch, starting with the most recent draw:
|13 November 2015 (€100 million)|
|5 June 2015 (€100 million)|
|6 March 2015 (€100 million)|
|3 October 2014 (€100 million)|
|7 March 2014 (€100 million)|
|15 November 2013 (€100 million)|
|7 June 2013 (€100 million)|
|22 March 2013 (€100 million)|
|28 September 2012 (€100 million)|
|4 October 2011 (€100 million)|
|10 May 2011 (€100 million)|
|1 October 2010 (€100 million)|
|5 February 2010 (€100 million)|
|18 September 2009 (€100 million)|
|6 March 2009 (€100 million)|
|26 September 2008 (€130 million)|
|8 February 2008 (€130 million)|
|28 September 2007 (€130 million)|
|9 February 2007 (€100 million)|
What Is The Difference Between A Superdraw And An Event Draw?
Events draws are similar to Superdraws, usually setting the jackpot at €100 million, regardless of its current amount. The main difference is that an Event Draw will always celebrate a specific event and the prize money does not roll over if it is not won. In contrast to a Superdraw, if no one wins prize money on an Event Draw it will roll down to the next tiers until all of it is exhausted. This means Event draws will usually produce more winners but do not have the opportunity to grow to the same size as a Superdraw. The best example of an Events Draw is the EuroMillions Christmas lottery.
Notable Past Superdraw Winners
Ianthe Fullagar 2008
Gap year student Ianthe Fullagar of Ravenglass, Cumbria was one of the big Superdraw winners for the 26 September 2008 draw. Then 18 years old, she became the youngest Superdraw winner of all time and, in true student fashion, celebrated her win with a can of cider and a meal of baked beans on toast.
After discovering she was the big winner Ianthe was so worried that she might lose her winning ticket that she kept it in her bra for safe keeping until she could claim her prize. She would become the 27th richest young person in the UK with her £7,000,000 prize and unlike one may have assumed for such a young winner, she has apparently invested her money wisely and went on to attend law school rather than squandering it away.
French Village Lottery Syndicate 2009
On 6 March 2009, 15 lucky residents of the quaint French village of Venelles, just outside of Marseille, shared a Superdraw jackpot of £83,000,000. The town of just 8,000 inhabitants was thrown into an uproar and swarmed by the French press after a syndicate of friends managed to correctly guess the Superdraw winning numbers.
The winning friends all elected to keep their identities anonymous with mayor Jean-Pierre Saez, who knew the lucky individuals, only revealing that they were "people who get up early and work hard."
Dave and Angela Dawes – 2011
In October 2011 Dave and Angela Dawes and banked a £101 million Superdraw prize. Infamously the couple drew up a list of 20 people with whom to share a portion of their prize with, creating a real-life soap opera. As expected the tabloids lapped it up.
Andrew Louden – 2013
Andrew Louden of Dalkeith, Scotland became famous for not winning the June 2013 Superdraw. The factory worker got a friend to post a message on his Facebook wall congratulating him on his Superdraw as a joke. But soon he was inundated with friend requests, including one from his ex-girlfriend! Eventually the story got picked up by the press and soon went viral. Louden would later tell the Edinburgh Evening News that the entire episode "was simply a joke which got out of hand."
Anonymous Player From Portugal 2014
In the last Superdraw of 2014, an anonymous player from Portugal won the full, maximum-cap jackpot of €190 million, or approximately £142.2 million.
This marked the second time that the maximum amount had been won. The first was the 2012 win by Adrian and Gillian Bayford. Unlike in the UK however, where lottery winnings are tax free, the Portuguese winner had to pay a significant chunk of his winnings in tax to the government.
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