Lotto fever sets in with € 17m jackpot, second highest in Irish history

As lotto fever continues to plague the country, Wednesday’s jackpot is heading to € 17 million, the second-highest total since the game began in 1988.

Any winner could become the second biggest Irish jackpot winner in gaming history and become the country’s newest multimillionaire.

This year has already seen five Lotto jackpot wins, with players from Cork, Limerick, Kilkenny, Westmeath and Galway claiming big prizes.

The current jackpot has been renewed since June and is on the verge of reaching the current cap of € 18.96 million, which is the biggest Lotto win to be won by union Dan Morrissey in Carlow in June 2008.

Once the cap is exceeded, no more money will be added to the jackpot prize until it is won, with funds that would normally go to the total being distributed to the next lower prize level where there are winners.

However, if the jackpot is won at an amount greater than the cap of 18.96 million euros, that amount will become the new limit of the game.

A spokesperson for the National Lottery said Wednesday’s draw could prove “to be a real life changer.”

“A single winner could end up at number two on Ireland’s all-time highest Lotto jackpot winners list, which we know is a highly coveted title,” said the spokesperson.

“Will tomorrow night’s draw mark the end of the extraordinary jackpot that has lasted most of the summer? Only time will tell.”

Meanwhile, one player took home € 257,723 after matching five numbers and the bonus in Saturday’s draw, falling within one number of the € 16.4 million jackpot.

The lucky Kerry player bought his ticket to Carson’s Daybreak in Beaufort and has since contacted the National Lottery.

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