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National Lottery to mark its 30th anniversary by opening its doors for Culture Night

National Lottery to mark its 30th anniversary by opening its doors for Culture Night

The public will have a unique opportunity to get a look behind the scenes of the National Lottery as part of Culture Night, this Friday 22nd September. The National Lottery is giving the Irish public the chance to peek inside the Winner’s Room, where hundreds of dreams have been made over the last three decades, as it opens its doors from 6pm-9pm on the night.

Visitors will take a stroll down memory lane in the form of a mini-exhibition of Lottery memorabilia, including the original Lotto draw drum, a roulette wheel and will get the chance to spin the iconic Grand Prize Wheel from the TV show, Winning Streak.

That’s not all as guests who visit on the night will get to meet RTE personalities associated with National Lottery games: Lotto presenters Nuala Carey and Kamal Ibrahim, and hosts of Winning Streak, Marty Whelan and Sinead Kennedy.

Our exhibition will give visitors the chance to test their own luck and a select few will get the chance to take a step inside the shoes of a Lotto winner and get to sit inside the coveted Winner’s Room. This is the place where more than €8.8 billion in prizes has been signed over to winners over the past three decades and is the place all National Lottery game players dream to be someday.

This is the first time the National Lottery HQ on Abbey Street, Dublin 1 will open for Culture Night and there’s no better year than 2017 – where we are celebrating our 30th anniversary.

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 benefitting communities all over Ireland.”

Good Causes benefit from the sale of all National Lottery games

To date the National Lottery has raised over €5 billion for good causes. This level of funding has made a significant difference to communities, projects and individuals in the areas of Youth, Sports, Recreation, Amenities, Health, Welfare, Arts, Culture, National Heritage and the Irish Language.