Limerick Lotto presenter Kamal Ibrahim, centre, with fellow presenters Bláthnaid Treacy and Nuala Carey ahead of the milestone 3,000th draw Picture: Mac Innes Photography
LIMERICK Lotto winners have scooped over €74 million in prizes since the game, which is heading for its 3,000th draw this Saturday night, began.
To mark the milestone this weekend, the National Lottery has revealed that some 59 Limerick jackpot winners have won a total of €74,397,231 since the game started on Saturday, April 16, 1988.
Thousands of lives have been transformed and dreams have come true thanks to the payment of more than €4.4 billion in prizes on the Lotto over almost 30 years, with 1,738 Lotto jackpot wins and 745 jackpot prizes exceeding €1m.
And sales on Lotto games over the last three decades have raised €2.9bn for good causes all over Ireland.
This Saturday’s 3,000 Lotto draw is carrying a mega jackpot of €4.5m.
National Lottery Chief Executive, Dermot Griffin, said Lotto has been “one of Ireland’s favourite pastimes for almost 30 years and it captures the imagination of the public as much today as it did when it was first launched in 1988.
“I absolutely love welcoming our Lotto winners into our Winners’ Room, and witnessing first-hand the whole spectrum of emotions which winners go through with their life-changing Lotto jackpot wins. It is truly remarkable.
“It’s not all about the winners. Lotto sales also benefit good causes all over Ireland. With every euro spent on National Lottery games, nearly 30 cent goes directly to good causes.
“The total amount from sales of Lotto tickets alone which has gone back to good causes throughout the country is a staggering €2.9bn which has benefitted projects and organisations in the areas of health, sport welfare, education, arts and heritage,” he added.