This weekend's Lotto jackpot set for €9,000,000

This weekend's Lotto jackpot set for €9,000,000

While weather forecasters may be predicting freezing wintry conditions this weekend, Lotto fever is also expected nationwide ahead of Saturday’s Lotto jackpot which is heading for a massive €9 million (estimated.)

If won, the jackpot will be the third highest Lotto jackpot win of 2016.

On 23 January, a lucky ticketholder claimed a €13.7 million jackpot with a ticket which was purchased from Carey’s Newsagent in Belmullet, Co. Mayo.

The second highest winning jackpot of the year was €11.1 million which was won by a syndicate on Saturday August 20. The winning ticket was sold in the Spar shop in Kinlough, Co. Leitrim.

The current Lotto jackpot has been rolling for seven weeks. The last jackpot was won on Saturday 01 October when two winners shared the €4.5 million. One single winner from Donegal and a syndicate from Kerry each won over €2.2 million.

Speaking on the eve of Saturday’s Lotto draw, Dermot Griffin, Chief Executive of National Lottery commented, “As the jackpot continues to roll, we are seeing a lot of excitement from our Lotto players who are hoping to win big in the lead up to the Christmas period.

As with all large Lotto jackpots, we are expecting a high level of public interest and we advise players to get their tickets early to be in with a chance of winning this life-changing prize money.”

Since the Lotto game began in Ireland in 1988 there have been 1,719 jackpot winners. The largest Lotto jackpot win was on 26 June 2008 when the Dan Morrissey syndicate in Carlow won €18,963,441. Players in Ireland have won over €3.4 billion in prizes since the Lotto game began in 1988.

There were over 75,000 prize winners in last Wednesday’s Lotto draws (16 November). Play early in-store, in App or online by 7.45pm on Saturday evening to ensure you’re in with a chance of winning this Saturday’s huge Lotto jackpot.

Playing National Lottery funds good causes across Ireland. To date the National Lottery has raised over €4.7 billion for good causes. This level of funding has made a significant difference to communities, projects and individuals in the areas of Youth, Sports, Recreation, Amenities, Health, Welfare, Arts, Culture, National Heritage and the Irish Language.