Saturday 24 February 2018

Ever wanted to spin the wheel? Get down to National Lottery HQ on Culture Night

The opportunity to fulfil a lifelong dream for most Irish people

Marty Whelan and Sinead Kennedy
Marty Whelan and Sinead Kennedy

Sean Nolan

National Lottery HQ are opening their doors to the public tomorrow night, and they are giving everyone the opportunity to fulfil a lifelong dream and 'spin the wheel'.

For the first time ever entrance to one of Ireland's most talked about buildings will be granted to the general public as part of Culture Night 2017.

The National Lottery have decided that for their 30th anniversary they will give the public a peek at the famous Winner's Room as well as a chance to meet some very famous faces.

Doors at the Abbey Street headquarters open at 6pm on Friday, September 22 and close at 9pm.

Lotto draw presenters Nuala Carey and Kamal Ibrahim will also be on hand to meet the public as will the hosts of Winning Streak, Marty Whelan and Sinead Kennedy.

Plus, the famous wheel that is spun at the end of every Winning Streak show will be there for members of the public to try.

A National Lottery spokesperson sadly confirmed to Independent.ie that even if your ball lands in the magic €250,000 segment on the wheel no cash will be handed out but surely it is no harm to practice your spin just in case you get make it on to the show one day.

An exhibition of Lottery memorabilia will also be on display, including the original Lotto draw drum.

Speaking ahead of Culture Night, National Lottery CEO, Dermot Griffin, said: “Culture Night really has become a massive success in recent years and there is a unique atmosphere on the streets of Dublin every year, which is always fantastic. We are delighted to be involved this year to mark our 30th anniversary. Normally it is only winners who get to come into our office and sit in the Winners Room – so this is a chance for people to come in and see us! We are also delighted to welcome Marty Whelan, Nuala Carey and Kamal Ibrahim who will be on hand to meet and greet our visitors.”

He added: “This is a very special year for the National Lottery as we celebrate our 30th birthday. Recently, An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar took part in a live Lotto draw in RTE to mark our anniversary and he announced that in the last 30 years we have raised more than €5 billion for Good Causes benefiting communities all over Ireland.”

Winning Streak has been on our screens since September 1990 and a massive 5,840 people have taken part in the show, winning in excess of €165 million in prizes.

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