Paddy Power’s Millionaire Chase: All you need to know about the MILLION quid New Year’s Day giveaway

In your face 2020! Paddy's getting 2021 off to a flyer.

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After the worst year in living memory – except for some proper old lads – Paddy Power have ensured that one punter will enjoy 2021 a lot more than 2020, by giving them £/€1million in cash.

Yes, you heard right. Paddy is giving away £/€1m on Jan 1, 2021 with the creatively-named Millionaire Chase at Cheltenham’s New Year’s Day meeting.

The competition continues this Saturday, December 19 at Ascot in the 3.35pm. Huzzah!

So how do we enter Paddy? Don’t worry – it’s so simple even Donald Trump could understand it. Woof!


All you have to do is OPT IN every Thursday, every week for each Saturday qualifier and then place a winning bet on that week’s qualifying race (see below) through the Paddy Power app or Paddy Power website from November 14 through to December 19.

Do that my friend and you could then be the lucky winner in the weekly online draw on our social channels the Monday after each qualifying race. If your name is picked out, you will then go forward to the mega New Year’s Day sweepstake race at Cheltenham.

On New Year’s Day, the lucky entrants will each be assigned a horse in the Paddy Power Handicap Chase at 2pm, where the winner will walk away with the £/€1m booty. Everyone else who makes the final field will get a consolation price of £/€10k. Not bad!

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I’m in – but how do I get started?

If you’re already a Paddy Power customer, you still need to OPT IN every single week from Thursday of that week – to be eligible for a crack at the monster prize. If for some strange reason known only to you, you’re not yet a Paddy Power customer you really need to make an early New Year’s Resolution – like now! – and OPEN AN ACCOUNT HERE.

Then, & only then, OPT IN to the competition page like everyone else, each week for each qualifying race.

What are the 6 qualifier races?

Glad you asked. They are:

  • Qualifying race 1: Nov 14: Cheltenham 3.25pm
  • Qualifying race 2: Nov 21: Ascot 3.17pm
  • Qualifying race 3: Nov 28 Newbury 3.00pm
  • Qualifying race 4: Dec 5: Sandown 2.25pm
  • Qualifying race 5: Dec 12: Cheltenham 3pm
  • Qualifying race 6: Dec 19: Ascot, 3.35pm

And just in case you think you’re flying solo, we have a stack of racing previews every day from Paddy’s racing ambassadors, tipsters, pundits & all-round best guessers right over here at Paddy Power News.

Spokesman Paddy Power said: “It’s been a year to forget for most of us – so we want to make 2021 unforgettable for one lucky punter, through our Millionaire Chase competition.

“Simply by backing one winning horse before the end of 2020, they could find themselves crowned the first new millionaire of 2021. Not a bad way to start 2021!”

Terms & Conditions

Each week from 14 November until 19 December 2020, a Millionaire qualifier race will take place. Everyone who backs the winner of the weekly qualifying race and has OPTED IN each week will be put in a draw and the winner of each weekly draw will be assigned a horse by Paddy Power on or before 1 January 2021 in the Millionaire Chase sweepstake at Cheltenham on 1 January 2021.

All winning bets in any of the six qualifying races will go into an online draw the following Monday and a winner will be selected at random to go forward to the final.

All winning customers of any of the draws will be selected at random and the draws will be overseen by an independent 3rd party. Prize open to UK and Ireland residents over the age of 18. If a weekly qualifying race is cancelled or does not take place for some reason Paddy Power may, in its sole discretion, substitute another race in as the qualifying race but shall not be required to do so.

Paddy Power reserves the right to give away tickets for the final Millionaire Chase through its retail, social media, TV advertising, or other marketing channels. Applies to all online and mobile customers. Applies to win singles and the win part of each-way singles placed pre-race only. Full details available on the Promotions page at

  • The winner of the Millionaire sweepstake will win £/€1 million.
  • All other winners of the weekly draws who qualified for final sweepstake (but didn’t win the sweepstake on Jan 01, 2021) will receive £/€10,000 each.
  • All winning customers of any of the draws will be selected at random and the draws will be overseen by an Independent third party.
  • The draw for assigning horses in the sweepstake to weekly qualifying winners on 1 January 2021 will be selected at random and that draw will also be overseen by an Independent third party.
  • Excludes Paddy Power shops and SSBTs.
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