Two players were just one number away from winning the record-breaking €19m Lotto jackpot – but they came out with more than €500,000 each due to their problems.
Both bettors match five numbers and the bonus in tonight’s draw, painfully close to a huge total.
However, they both now carry 565,390 euros.
Meanwhile, the Lotto Plus Two draw was won, as a result of which someone else became richer as a result.
The winning ticket was purchased in County Mayo.
In total, more than 200,000 players have won prizes in Lotto and Lotto Plus raffles
Wednesday lotto results reminder:
Main Lotto Draw:
5, 6, 9, 12, 31, 35 and 45
Lotto Plus One:
4, 16, 17, 20, 41, 42, 43
Lotto Plus Two:
9, 28, 32, 34, 36, 38, 43
The grand prize has been out since June, and one winner in the next draw on Saturday will become the biggest prize winner ever.
Since the jackpot is now set, this means that no additional money will be added to the jackpot until it has been won.
The money that normally goes to the grand prize will now be distributed to the next lowest prize category where there are winners.
Ahead of Wednesday’s record-breaking lotto draw, a National Lottery spokesperson explained what the maximum jackpot means for prize winners in the guaranteed jackpot draw of €19 million, saying: “The lotto game is truly in unprecedented territory and is incredibly exciting for our players. A record jackpot of over €19 million, and for the first time in Lotto history, the jackpot fund will flow to lower jackpot levels.”
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