A LOTTO has come to Ireland with a budget of 3 million euros to win tonight’s 19 million euro jackpot.
Some of the game players from the Isle of Man are in Dublin This weekend looking to splurge on a must-win prize.
A vendor in the city center said he was visited twice in the same afternoon by men who asked him to buy a ticket worth 10,000 euros.
The newspaper seller was unable to accept the large request because the store was busy, but managed to print a pair of 2,000 euros worth.
Then, speaking to shoppers, the bemused employee revealed how overseas punters had come here to claim the huge prize.
“It was crazy,” he admitted. This guy came to ask for a ticket worth 10,000 euros and after a while another person came and asked for the same ticket.
“I chatted with him and he said he was part of an organization that went to the Isle of Man to win the lottery.
“Obviously they have a budget of 3 million euros and are trying to buy as many tickets as possible.
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“The whole week there’s been a lot of interest in the draw but I’ve never seen anything like it.”
Meanwhile, the Lotto heads are urging players buy tickets early before the jackpot has to be won – as one TD, who has called for changes to the lottery’s operations, says he will be closely monitoring developments.
Fine Gael’s Bernard Durkan called for an urgent investigation in November after the Lotto jackpot had not been won since June 6.
Lottery leaders have been called before the Oireachtas financial committee and have now made a must-win draw as it has been seven months without a winner of the highest amount.
As a result, Saturday’s jackpot, capped at 19.06 million euros as of October, is guaranteed to be won – with funds going to winners on the next prize tier if No one matches all the numbers.
To speak before the draw, Deputy Durkan said: “The new ‘must win’ lottery draw is a step in the right direction and will bring more clarity to the operation of the lottery.
“The lottery jackpot will now be limited to a maximum of five draws and if there is no outright jackpot winner on the fifth draw, the jackpot will move down to the next prize tier.
“I welcome this development and hope this will address the concerns of the general public arising from the fact that the jackpot has been unlikely to be awarded for the past seven months.
“But we still have to be vigilant and see how this new regime will work. The Regulatory Authority will continue to monitor the operation of the National Lottery and if further changes are necessary, intervention may be necessary. “
Lottery chiefs say they expect a large influx of players to buy tickets in the hopes of cashing in some cash in the historic draw.
“Following the longest spin sequence we have ever seen, we are delighted to see that a record jackpot of 19.06 million euros is guaranteed to be won this weekend,” the company said.
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