Players urged to buy tickets for largest Lotto jackpot in a decade as prize winner finally comes forward

By David Kent

The last time a Lotto jackpot exceeded €14 million was in March 2011 - but Wednesday's draw has gone past that total.

It means that a potential single winner of tonight’s jackpot would become the 8th highest Lotto jackpot winner in the history of the game.

The last jackpot to be won was Wednesday June 9 - and the National Lottery are now urging people to buy their tickets early for the next draw.

A National Lottery spokesperson said: “Things are really getting exciting now for Lotto players all over the country! After an almost three-month roll, the Lotto jackpot is now set to reach an incredible 10 year high.

"The next winner of the jackpot could see themselves being added to the roll call of all time highest winners ever as they join the list as the 8th largest Lotto winner since the game launched in Ireland in 1988. As with all big draws, especially with such an astonishing roll sequence, we expect to see an increase of sales for Wednesday night’s draw as we get closer to the 7.45pm deadline.

"We are encouraging all our players who are dreaming of winning this life-changing amount to avoid queues and to purchase their tickets early in-store, in-app or on ahead of the cut-off time for sales.”

Meanwhile, the Monaghan winner of the €1 million top prize from Saturday night’s Lotto Plus 1 draw has come forward to claim their prize. The winning ticket was purchased in the family-run Birdys Newsagents on the Main Street in Carrickmacross, Co. Monaghan.

Another ticket holder to come forward is a lucky Wicklow player who won the EuroMillions Plus top prize of €500,000 on Friday 25th June. The winner made contact with the National Lottery following a nationwide campaign to find the prize winner ahead of the prize claim deadline on Thursday 23rd September.

The National Lottery prize claims team are now making arrangements for both prizes to be paid.

Top Ireland Lotto jackpot wins.

1) June 28, 2008.

The Dan Morrissey Syndicate from Carlow scooped Ireland's biggest ever win back in 2008, winning €18,963,441

2) April 14, 2010

An unnamed Waterford couple purchased their ticket at an Easons store in Dungarvan.

They were quids in when the stub scooped them €16,717,717 in the draw.

3) October 23, 2010

Coming just a few short months later, a Dublin man was on top of the world having bought a ticket at Donnybrook Fair in Dublin 4 the week before Halloween.

He won a whopping €16,390,239

4) July 28, 2007

The Cunningham family from Cork City become Lotto multi-millionaires after buying their ticket at their local Centra store in Farranree, Co. Cork

The kin netted €16,185,749

Close-up of the lottery balls shortly before the drawing starts (DPA/PA Images)

5) April 26, 2008

One family from Co. Dublin shared the mega jackpot of €15,658, 143 with a lucky ticket from Rowlagh Newsagent in Clondalkin, Dublin 22.

6) March 12, 2008

A Kildare couple had a St Patrick's weekend to remember in the same year, buying their life-changing ticket in Tesco in Newbridge to earn €14,543,033

7) April 18, 2009

Another Dublin duo made the list in 2009 when buying a Lotto ticket at the Spar in Glenageary.

It was a valuable trip to the shop - with the jackpot of €14,530,193 coming home with them.

8) March 26, 2011

Two separate players shared the €14,037,236 jackpot in the spring of 2011, with winners in Cavan and Cork.

9) January 23, 2016

The west was very much awake five years ago, when the previous-biggest win up to this weekend was taken.

Carey's store in Belmullet, County Mayo was celebrating, as was the lucky punter who bought the €13,793, 435 winning ticket there.

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