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It's happening again! We're midway through summer and already rule changes have been announced for another lottery – this time everyone's favourite, EuroMillions. There's some big changes coming in September, including a drastic overhaul of jackpots, rules and prices – so what does it mean for you, the player?
Big changes are coming and Europe will never be the same again. But unlike in Brussels, where consensus seems impossible, the major lottery operators of Europe have all gotten together and hammered out a deal.
The result, EuroMillions enlargement.
But there's no conspiracy here. This has nothing to do with Brexit, or anything even remotely related to the EU. It may, however, help explain why we've had no Superdraw this year.
After all, by this time last year we'd already seen two, so perhaps this announcement was in the pipeline for some time. Plus, looking back, it's hardly surprising.
Last summer no less than three lotteries announced changes, including the Irish Lotto, America's PowerBall and, of course, the UK Lotto.
In all three cases the playable numbers were increased, which also had the effect of increasing the odds of winning. The Irish Lotto also saw a price increase, much as the UK Lotto had seen in 2013.
Plus, in all three cases, the official announcement and subsequent marketing messages were all the same – the lottery's going to get BIGGER!
But what exactly does that mean?
As was the case with the the above lotteries, the imminent EuroMillions changes, due to take place on September 24th, will have both positive and negative consequences – though how these consequences will manifest themselves will be entirely a matter of your own personal preference.
For some of you the news will be welcome, for others, not so welcome. Though, of course, the same can be said of about change of any form.
Ok, so here's what we're sure a lot of you aren't going to be happy about:
But let's not focus on the negative, because do we really need any more of that this year? No, let's, instead, spread…
So, does this mean that we'll start to see even more Superdraws in future? Or do the new rules render them obsolete? It certainly does look like it will be much easier for jackpots to reach the €100 million-mark organically. Or does EuroMillions have even more surprises in store?
Currently the maximum jackpot cap of €190 million remains in place – but for how long? Let's not forget that we've seen similar lottery changes in the past.
As mentioned we had three such announcements in short succession last year. Of those three lotteries, two broke all-time jackpot records in January this year.
In fact, the UK Lotto saw two record jackpots in swift succession, a £66 million jackpot in January and a record single-winner jackpot of £35.1 million in April.
But it was America's PowerBall that grabbed the global headlines with its awesome (a nice American word that!) $1.586 billion (approx. €1.4 billion) jackpot – the biggest lottery jackpot in history!
We already know that the €190 million cap was created after the Weirs' massive €185 million win. So perhaps if we start to hit the €190 million mark regularly the organisers will have no choice but to increase the cap to over €200 million, and maybe even higher, allowing European players the chance to win even bigger jackpots, like the aforementioned PowerBall, and fellow American multi-state lottery, MegaMillions.
The price remains the same, as do your chances of winning the EuroMillions jackpot – which, tonight, is worth a tasty €30 million.