Saturday 24 March 2018

Lotto heading for €14m - but here's why you're less likely than ever to win jackpot

National Lottery (stock photo)
National Lottery (stock photo)

Sarah-Jane Murphy

This weekend's Lotto prize money is heading for a staggering €14m since there was no winner of last night's draw.

The numbers drawn last night were 3, 6, 17, 23, 27, 29 and the Bonus number was 5, but there were no winners.

Oney punter won €120,319, having matched five numbers and the bonus number.

Yesterday, customers were left frustrated when National Lottery ticket machines and the website were temporarily disabled by a cyber-attack.

It is believed that the stoppage was due to a DDOS (Distributed Denial of Service).

"Indications are that this morning's technical issues were as a result of a DDOS attack affecting our communications networks.

"The issues were resolved by the National Lottery's DDOS protection systems, limiting disruption and restoring all operations within two hours.

"This incident is still under investigation. However, we can confirm that at no point was the National Lottery gaming system or player data affected," a statement from the National Lottery said.

Meanwhile Stefan Klinsavitch, who was part of a ten man syndicate that used the mathematical principles of probability and logic to win £2.4m in April 1990, has said that he no longer plays Lotto.

"As the game stands at the moment I have no plans to play it, no," he told The Ray D'Arcy show on RTE Radio One.

Klinsavitch, an accountant by profession, and his fellow syndicate members each paid £30 a week and spent £300 trying to purchase every possible combination of winning Lotto numbers.

"We played for five consecutive weeks, spending £300 per week.

"There was only one draw at that time, on a Saturday.

"The excitement when we won was incredible," he said.

Since 'Bigger Better Lotto' was introduced last September, and two additional numbers (46 & 47) were added to the game, the odds of winning have substantially increased from eight million to one to almost 11 million to one.

A price increase was introduced around the same time, bringing the cost of a standard two-line Lotto ticket to €4, up from €3.

The draw-based game now features balls numbered from 1 to 47, meaning a total increase of 11 numbers in recent years, with panels only containing only 36 numbers when the game began in 1988.

Interestingly, these changes haven't dampened our enthusiasm for the game, with players spending €760m per year on National Lottery games.

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