Break the jinx and win €9.5m Lotto pot

One lucky punter could be set to see their financial troubles disappear this evening — if they can break an apparent Lotto jinx and win the €9.5m rollover jackpot.

Since Feb 18, the National Lottery has failed to produce an outright winner, meaning tonight’s prize is the culmination of 10 weeks of rollovers.

The consecutive rollovers mean the prizewinning pot has reached one of its highest levels ever.

The apparent jinx — which has coincided with an increased interest in the popular game — was almost ended last Wednesday, when 107 Lotto players matched five of the six numbers needed to win.

While three of these people also matched the bonus number, winning a far from miserly €25,000 in the process, all were just one number away from taking home the entire fortune.

The last time the Lotto jackpot reached this level was on Sept 24, 2011, after 13 roll-overs, when the McIntyre family from Belmullet, Co Mayo, scooped €11.033m, the 11th largest jackpot since the Lotto began, in the process.

The biggest ever win was on June 28, 2008, when a 16-strong syndicate in Bennekerry, Co Carlow, took home €18.963m.

* FOCionnaith.direct@examiner.ie


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