A PATTERN that resembles an upside-down L helped six separate Lotto players pick the winning numbers.
Lotto chiefs believe that this simple pattern may explain the high number of winners last Saturday night, when half-a-dozen players shared the jackpot.
The number sequence used by the winners from Malahide in Dublin, Cork, Limerick, Meath, Wexford and Wicklow forms a striking pattern that looks like an inverted L.
Many people use simple number sequences or patterns to help choose their numbers for the draw.
In fact, the most popular number sequence played in Saturday night's draw was 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6, with a staggering 531 Lotto players picking these numbers. If they had been drawn, each jackpot winner would have received just over €6,645.
As it was, six people had chosen the numbers 4, 5, 13, 21, 29, and 37 on their slip.
Meanwhile, the first of the six winners came forward - although he had to share his Lotto jackpot with five others, the man showed no bitterness as he picked up his prize.
The Co Meath man said he "couldn't be happier" with his €588,000 share of the €3.5m jackpot.
The man, who wishes to remain anonymous, was the first of the six Saturday Lotto winners to claim his share at the National Lottery offices.
He insisted: "I couldn't be happier with the amount - it is a great sum of money."
He was accompanied by his family, who described him as "an optimist" who has always believed he would win. He played the same numbers for the past 25 years.
"I checked the results on Saturday night and I couldn't believe it.
"I got a printout of the results and then I showed it to my wife and said, 'would you look at that, I've only gone and won the Lotto'," he said.
He has played the same numbers since the game began in 1988, and has been lucky to win smaller amounts in the past.