The National Lottery continue to appeal to players to purchase their tickets early ahead of two huge weekend draws
National Lottery players all over the country are preparing for a huge weekend ahead with not one, but two, massively life-changing capped jackpots up for grabs.
Tonight’s EuroMillions jackpot is capped at a massive €220 million after reaching the astonishing amount in Tuesday’s draw. The jackpot will now remain capped at that amount for up to a further four draws with the additional funds that would have gone to the jackpot now flowing down to the next prize tier with a winner. If the jackpot is still not won after the fifth draw at the cap, the full value of the jackpot will flow down to the next tier with a prize winner.
Cap Draw 1: Tuesday 12th October €220m Jackpot. Jackpot not won.
Cap Draw 2: Friday 15th October is Guaranteed €220m Jackpot (if not won, continues at cap in roll to next draw).
Cap Draw 3: Tuesday 19th October Guaranteed €220m Jackpot (if not won, continues at cap in roll to next draw).
Cap Draw 4: Friday 22nd October Guaranteed €220m Jackpot (if not won, continues at cap in roll to next draw).
Cap Draw 5: Tuesday 26th October Guaranteed MUST BE WON €220m Jackpot. If no Jackpot winner on the fifth draw at cap, the jackpot fund flows down to the next prize tier with a winner.
And that’s not the only incredible amount that National Lottery players have to play for this weekend. Tomorrow night’s Lotto draw will mark the fifth time that the jackpot has remained capped at €19,060,800. In a similar set-up to the EuroMillions, the funds that would normally go to the jackpot will now be distributed to the next prize tier at which there is a winner. In Wednesday night’s draw, there was no winner of the Match 5 + Bonus prize tier which meant that the additional funds were allocated to the Match 5 category. This proved beneficial for 28 players all over Ireland who shared a prize fund of almost €1 million after matching 5 numbers each.
Ahead of the two highly anticipated weekend draws, the National Lottery are urging players who are dreaming of becoming Ireland’s newest multi-millionaire to purchase their tickets early and to follow public health guidelines if purchasing in retail. EuroMillions tickets must be purchased ahead of the 7.30pm cut-off time for sales this evening while the deadline for Lotto sales is at 7.45pm tomorrow evening.
A National Lottery spokesperson said: “Could this be a truly record-breaking weekend for National Lottery players? With both the highest EuroMillions jackpot ever up for grabs as well as the largest Lotto jackpot ever seen in Ireland, the stakes are high for players dreaming big. As both jackpots are now capped, we are set to see even bigger winners across the weekend as the additional funds will now flow down to the next prize tiers at which there is a winner. Ahead of both draws, we are appealing to both EuroMillions and Lotto players to purchase their tickets early and to avoid queues where possible if purchasing in retail. Don’t forget that the deadline for purchasing EuroMillions tickets is at 7.30pm this evening while the cut-off time for Lotto ticket sales is at 7.45pm tomorrow. Tickets can also be purchased through the National Lottery app and at www.lottery.ie.”
Nearly 30 cent in every €1 spent on all National Lottery games goes back to Good Causes in the areas of sport, youth, health, welfare, education, arts, heritage, and the Irish Language. In total more than €6 Billion has been raised for Good Causes since the National Lottery was established 34 years ago. In 2020 alone, €254 million was raised for local Good Causes in communities across Ireland.