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Monday 29 May 2017

Lotto fever as jackpot heads for €13m

Edel O'Connell

IT could be lucky for some.

The Lotto jackpot has rolled over 13 times and is heading for €13m.

It has been rolling since Wednesday, September 1.

The last time a rollover Lotto jackpot topped this amount was in April 14 when a couple brought a winning ticket in Dungarvan, Co Waterford, to scoop the second largest Lotto draw, worth more than €16m.

In January, Athlone woman Michelle Ryan scooped the second largest jackpot -- a cool €7.5m.

In last Wednesday night's draw, 96 Lotto players got heart-stoppingly close to the jackpot by matching five of the six winning numbers.

"This is a spectacular Lotto jackpot, and one which will ensure great excitement and anticipation in the lead-in to tonight's draw," said Paul McEvoy of the National Lottery.

The spokeswoman said she was looking forward to queues of punters all eager to win the prize.

"A total of 60pc of tickets are purchased in the hours leading up to the draw, with the peak selling time between 4pm and a quarter to eight. We estimate that around 85,000 plays per hour will go through the terminals, and that is why we are urging people to play early," she said.

Bookmaker Paddy Power is insisting the odds of winning this Lotto rollover were next to impossible at 8,145,060/1.

However, the bookmaker said while the odds were stacked against players, it has odds on at 1/2 that the jackpot will be won tonight.

And as the October Bank Holiday weekend approaches it has odds of 7/1 that the prize money will keep accumulating until then.

Sharon McHugh, spokeswoman for Paddy Power, said: "Lotto sales have been through the roof.

"We have been out of the door with Lotto punters in our shops. Clearly they are feeling very lucky."

Irish Independent

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