Fine Gael TD demands urgent probe into seemingly unwinnable €19 million Lotto jackpot
"This didn't happen in Ronan Collins' day."
Fine Gael TD for Kildare North Bernard Durkan has called for an "urgent probe" into the National Lottery draw, arguing that the current jackpot is unwinnable.
The jackpot hasn't been won since the first week of June, rolling over 46 times since then.
The current jackpot stands at €19,060,800.
— The Irish National Lottery (@NationalLottery) November 17, 2021
Durkan is demanding an "audit and investigation" into the matter.
"It's been almost six months since it was won," said Durkan.
"This didn't happen in Ronan Collins' day. The jackpot has been stuck on €19 million since September. What's going on?"
Drilling down into his argument, Durkan took issue with the exact methodology involved in deciding the outcome of the draw, calling for a simpler time when there weren't as many balls in the mix.
"I have never agreed with Premier Lotteries Ireland's decision to increase the number of balls to 47," he said.
"I'm old enough to remember 1986 when there were 36 balls and that's how it should have stayed."
The next National Lottery draw will take place on Saturday, 20 November.
"I call on the chief executive of Premier Lotteries Ireland, Andrew Algeo, to drop a couple of balls as a mark of good faith and make the draw more winnable," Durkan continued.
"In 1988, there was 36 balls, 39 in 1992, 42 in 1994, 45 in 2006 before reaching a hefty 47 in 2015.
"Mr Algeo; tear down those balls."
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