Sunday 21 January 2018

Lotto fever hots up as weekend jackpot is on course for €13m

Anne-Marie Walsh and Fergus Black

THE weekend Lotto jackpot is now heading for €13m after last night's draw -- the 13th in a rollover sequence -- yet again failed to produce a winner.

The numbers for the €12,078,439 prize were 11, 22, 24, 27, 30 and 41. The bonus number was 2.

It is more than a month since the prize was last won; the jackpot has been rolling over since September 1.

The last time the jackpot reached anything near this level was in April when a couple in Waterford scooped €16.7m -- the second largest jackpot ever.

There was one winner of the top €350,000 prize in last night's Lotto Plus Draw 1. The winning ticket was sold in the east of the country. The numbers were 11, 15, 33, 35, 43 and 44. The bonus was 32.

In the Lotto Plus Draw 2 there was no winner of the top €250,000 prize. The numbers were 2, 6, 21, 32, 36 and 37. The bonus was 17.

The latest Lotto fever swept the country as model Pippa O'Connor was on her own 'winning streak' after finding her dream wedding dress during a Big Money National Lottery Trip to the Big Apple.

The glamorous bride-to-be and sister of jockey Cian O'Connor chose a magnificent creation for her big day next summer at the Kleinfeld boutique in New York, while fiance and Lotto host Brian Ormond's back was turned.

The couple return to Dublin today following an almost week-long visit to Manhattan with 38 Big Money winners and guests.

"Pippa tried on the dress and knows it's the one she wants," said Brian, who hopes to host the Lotto Big Money game show again, following two shows earlier in the year.

While Finance Minister Brian Lenihan attended a meeting with the IMF in Washington last week, the lucky Lotto winners escaped the economic gloom by jetting to the States.

Grandparents Kathleen and Jim Farrell, from Dundalk, who had never flown before, were living it up. "I went around Dundalk for two weeks trying to find a parachute," joked Jim.

Irish Independent

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