THOUSANDS of people may have lost out on the weekend’s lotto draw after a ‘9’ was mis-read as a ‘6’.
The National lottery has issued a statement confirming the error during the draw for last Saturday’s Lotto plus two.
In order to distinguish between the '9' and '6' ball during the draw, a line is printed at the bottom of each number.
However the statement explains that due to a misprint, the ‘9’ ball had the line drawn on top, meaning it was read as a ‘6’.
Each draw ball has the number printed on it 12 times, and the other 11 numbers on the ball in question had the line drawn on the bottom -confirming the number as a ‘9’.
The National Lottery has said that it will pay out on all winning combinations with both numbers - however as the error was not immediately discovered, many players may have already disposed of winning tickets.