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Irish National Lottery Players Pick Up Big Prizes as Superdraw Looms

Last Updated: Tuesday 17th April 2018, 11:54 am

A busy week for the Irish National Lottery has kicked off with a number of lucky players coming forward to collect their prizes at Dublin’s headquarters. More winners could be created over the course of the next few days, leading up to the eagerly-anticipated EuroMillions Superdraw on Friday night.

Big Winners

Among the winners claiming prizes on Monday was a player from Castletownbere, Co Cork, who landed €36,364 after matching five main numbers and the Bonus Ball in the Irish Lotto draw on Saturday 31st March.

The Irish Lotto jackpot remained just out of reach that night and has continued to prove elusive over the past couple of weeks, propelling the top prize to €5 million ahead of the next draw on Wednesday. However, the jackpot odds of 1 in 10,737,573 are far more favourable than many other major lotteries around the world. There are seven other prize tiers and you can also subscribe for just €9.99 a month to enjoy Irish Lotto and never miss a draw.

Other players to collect big prizes on Monday included a Donegal woman who won €40,872 after matching five main EuroMillions numbers on Friday 6th April, and another player from Cork who won €31,260 after matching five main numbers in the EuroMillions draw on Friday 16th March.

EuroMillions Superdraw

All of these fortunate ticket holders can now think about how they would like to spend their winnings, whether they want to go on an exotic summer holiday, buy a new car or just set themselves up for a brighter future. There are some even bigger prizes available this week, though, most notably the €130 million jackpot in Friday’s EuroMillions Superdraw.

Also billed as a Megadraw, the big event on Friday will see the top prize in EuroMillions skyrocket regardless of what happens in Tuesday night’s game. Superdraws are usually only held a few times a year and one has not taken place since Friday 15th September 2017.

Superdraws can only be scheduled when there is enough money in the EuroMillions Reserve Fund, a special booster pot which receives a fixed percentage of the prize fund. Go to the page on EuroMillions Prizes to find out more about the Reserve Fund and why it is required.

The Superdraw jackpot does not have to be won on the night, and last autumn it kept climbing until it hit its jackpot cap of €190 million and someone from Spain banked the full amount on Friday 6th October. No Irish player has won the top prize in a Superdraw, and the record for the largest EuroMillions win ever achieved in the Emerald Isle remains the €115.4 million claimed by part-time cleaner Dolores McNamara in July 2005.

Will the Superdraw jackpot be won?

Only time will tell whether the jackpot is given away on Friday night or whether it continues to rise, but there has been a run of winners already this month and the enormous prize is set to ignite the interest of players from all over Europe. The odds are the same for every combination, but you have to be in it to win it so make sure you take part if you fancy getting your hands on up to €130 million.

Visit any authorised retailer in Ireland or choose numbers online, and it could be your turn to make a trip to Irish National Lottery headquarters next week.

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