Record €19m Lotto jackpot will be clinched in ‘must be won’ draw

Operator says in future top prize will be won no more than five draws after cap reached

The jackpot which has rolled over more than 50 times will be awarded in this Saturday’s draw. Photograph: iStock

The jackpot which has rolled over more than 50 times will be awarded in this Saturday’s draw. Photograph: iStock

 

One or more National Lottery players will win the current record-breaking €19 million jackpot in a guaranteed “will be won” event to be held on Saturday.

Premier Lotteries Ireland, which operates the National Lottery, last month called for the must-win draw after more than 50 rollovers of the jackpot. The unprecedented streak has continued into the new year. The jackpot has not been won on 62 successive occasions.

A National Lottery spokesperson said: “We know that most of our Lotto players would like to see the €19 million jackpot won, so we are delighted to be able to make this announcement.”

If the jackpot is not won outright on Saturday, the full value of the jackpot prize will flow down to the winner(s) of the next winning prize tier.

The spokesperson added: “While this current Lotto jackpot rollover is truly unprecedented, and has generated so much excitement and participation in the Lotto game, the National Lottery is now pleased to announce that this ‘will be won’ event will take place.

“In addition, the National Lottery will operate the same ‘will be won’ event going forward, with Lotto jackpots guaranteed to be won no more than five draws after the cap has been reached.”