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Friday 20 September 2019

Maximum EuroMillions jackpot set to be up for grabs tonight

Tonight's EuroMillions jackpot is expected to hit the upper limit for the first time since 2014

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Sean Nolan

Tonight's EuroMillions jackpot is set to hit the maximum payout of €190m for the first time since 2014.

If an Irish player is lucky enough to scoop the prize on their own they will become Ireland's biggest ever EuroMillions winner.

National Lottery CEO, Dermot Griffin, explained how the jackpot cap works and how the cash is distributed if the big prize is not won.

"The EuroMillions jackpot roll means Tuesday’s jackpot may hit €190 million," he said.

"Under the EuroMillions community rules a jackpot is capped at €190m. Any excess will flow down to the next prize tier at which there are winners."

He added: "If the jackpot is not won on a cap of €190m on Tuesday it can remain capped at that amount for up to a further four draws with any excess jackpot value rolling down to the next prize tier with a winner. 

"On the fifth draw at cap, if the €190 million jackpot is still not won, the full value of the jackpot can flow down to the next tier with a prize winner."

The jackpot rarely hits the ceiling, according to Griffin.

"This jackpot will dwarf the €115 million won by Limerick woman Dolores McNamara in 2005," said Griffin.

"And it is the first time since 2014 that we have seen the jackpot at this level."

In that 2014 draw, the €190m prize went to a winner in Portugal.

A bumper jackpot of €190m was also won by a UK player in 2012.

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