Lotto jackpot to reach bumper €16m after rollover
THE Lotto jackpot is heading for a massive €16m this Wednesday after there was no winner of the weekend draw.
Saturday's prize generated a flurry of excitement among eager wannabe-millionaires, but despite bumper ticket sales the €15m jackpot remained unclaimed. Now the draw is set for yet another rollover -- its 10th since being last won on March 6.
"If it reaches €16.1m on the night, the jackpot will be the second highest of all time," Lotto spokeswoman Paula McEvoy said last night.
"That will depend on sales, but we expect sales to be brisk as there is so much excitement over the big prize."
Ms McEvoy estimated that between 80,000 and 84,000 people snapped up tickets for the prize each hour between 5pm and 7.45pm on Saturday night.
As €1m is usually added to the jackpot every time it is not won, if there still remains no winner for two more draws it will come tantalisingly close to the highest ever jackpot of more than €18m, won by a syndicate of 16 Carlow workers in June 2008.
The numbers drawn in Saturday night's Lotto draw were 9, 11, 16, 29, 42, 44, and the bonus, 22. There was also no winner of the €350,000 top prize in the weekend's Lotto Plus 1 draw, with the numbers being 14, 18, 21, 23, 37, 44 and the bonus, 9.
However, two lucky punters did manage to win the €250,000 jackpot in Lotto Plus 2. The numbers drawn there were 1, 3, 11, 19, 20 and 41, and the bonus was 30.
The winning tickets were bought at the Cross Centra Foodmarket in Naas, Co Kildare, and the Matchbox shop in Trim, Co Meath.
The largest Lotto jackpot of the year before this record roll was €7.4m. It was won on January 16 by Michelle Ryan, from Athlone, Co Westmeath.