Odds don’t come much more stacked than that, but with bookies offering a price of 1/3 that the jackpot will be won, the probability ratio looks less overwhelming, well, sort of.
Paddy Power spokeswoman Sharon McHugh said: “Everyone will be holding their breath. One thing is for sure, whoever scoops the jackpot will need a lot of Lotto luck.”
To put the 8,145,060/1 general probability in context, bookies have covered bets on the existence of the Lough Ness monster at 500/1 and the second coming of Christ at 1000/1.
With the Lotto facing a fifth rollover week, it’s 3/1 with Paddy Power that the jackpot will not be won and 7/1 that it rolls on for two more weeks.
Dublin and Cork ticket-holders will be delighted to learn a Lotto winner is more likely, at 6/1, to come from their counties than any other part of the country.
Tonight’s jackpot, the biggest in the game’s history, is expected to be worth €12m, with the jackpot having rolled 10 times so far, the longest ever sequence.