The National Lottery continue to appeal to Lotto players to purchase their tickets early ahead of Wednesday’s €19.06M draw
The National Lottery has confirmed that the Lotto Plus 2 top prize winner from last Wednesday’s 6th October draw has come forward and arrangements are now being made for the winning ticket holder to claim their €250,000 prize. The winning ticket was purchased at the Bangor Erris Post Office in Ballina, Co. Mayo.
Sile Gallagher, Post Mistress Amanda Brogan and Joanne Martin celebrate after news broke that their Bangor Erris Post Office in Ballina, Co. Mayo sold the top prize Lotto Plus 2 ticket worth €250,000 in last Wednesday’s (6th October) draw.
As this Wednesday’s draw now gets closer, demand for Lotto tickets is expected to grow considerably as this Wednesday will mark the fourth draw in which the jackpot remains capped at €19,060,800.
As the jackpot is capped, this means that no additional money will be added to the jackpot prize until it is won. The funds that would normally go to the jackpot will now be distributed to the next prize tier at which there are winners. For example, if there is a winner or winners at the Match 5 + Bonus tier, the additional funds will be allocated to this tier. If there is no winner at the Match 5 + Bonus tier, the additional funds will then be allocated to the next tier at which there is a winner or winners which would be the Match 5 tier.
On Saturday night, an online player in Sligo benefited from the prize flow-down after matching 5 numbers and the bonus to scoop an incredible €1,262,603.
Ahead of the midweek Lotto draw, the National Lottery are continuing to appeal to players to purchase their tickets early. Lotto players all over the country dreaming of becoming the largest Lotto winner ever seen in Ireland are also being reminded that tickets can be purchased in-store, through the National Lottery app or at www.lottery.ie ahead of the 7.45pm deadline on Wednesday evening.
A National Lottery spokesperson said: “Will this be the week that we see the massive €19.06 million Lotto jackpot finally won? We know that players all over the country are dreaming big now and planning exactly what they could spend that massive amount on. Aside from the huge jackpot on offer, players also have the chance to win bigger prizes than usual at a lower prize tier due to the jackpot now being capped. As the jackpot is capped and cannot grow any bigger, this means that any additional prize money that would have usually been added to the jackpot is now being distributed to the next prize tier at which there is a winner or winners. On Saturday night, we saw the additional prize money flow down to the Match 5 + Bonus tier which benefited an online player in Sligo who became the newest National Lottery millionaire after scooping a cool €1,262,603.”
“We are now appealing to all of our players who are hoping to win big this week, to purchase their tickets early ahead of the cut-off time for Lotto sales at 7.45pm this Wednesday. Please continue to follow public health guidelines if buying in retail and avoid queues where possible. Don’t forget that tickets can also be purchased through the National Lottery app or 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.