€10m Lotto draw postponed following 'service outage'
The National Lottery have confirmed that the €10m jackpot due to take place this evening is to be postponed until tomorrow night.
The announcement follows what is being described as a 'service outage' which left machines across the country - and Europe - out of action.
According to a press release issued this evening, the National Lottery said that the glitch related to "the 3G telecommunications infrastructure provided by Telefónica", which is based in Spain.
"This incident affected business customers across Ireland and Europe including over 3,500 National Lottery agents. We are continuing work to re-establish the connection between the agent terminals and the network," read the statement.
"To ensure all our players have an opportunity to play for the €10 million Lotto jackpot, the Lotto draw will now take place on Thursday 5 February 2015."
A spokesperson from the National Lottery earlier stated that terminals would be back working this evening.
However, the technical issues could not be resolved as expected and the much anticipated €10m draw is now delayed
Tickets already purchased for tonight's draw remain valid for the newly scheduled draw.
It is the first time in the company's history that a lotto draw has had to be postponed.