The National Lottery would like to assure its players of the integrity of Saturday night’s Lotto Plus 1 draw. A brief reflection of light during filming caused an illusion and some players to think there were two numbers on ball 38. This was not the case. The weight and size of all Lotto balls, and the numbers, are strictly checked in advance of each draw. This process, as well as the draw itself, is independently observed by our auditors KPMG.
Employees from the National Lottery decamped from their Abbey Street, Dublin headquarters on Friday 1st September for the company's first ever Volunteer Day. Staff swapped their normal day jobs for paint brushes and trowels to garden and paint for the charity, ALONE, which is making a difference to the lives of hundreds of older people all over Ireland who are homeless, socially isolated, living in deprivation or in crisis. As well as provides homes to older people who are homeless or at risk ALONE helps link them with the relevant services in the community. The organisation also run Befriending Campaigns and advocates for change for older people. The 16-strong team, from Premier Lotteries Ireland, operator of the National Lottery, set off to ALONE’s premises for older people at Willie Bermingham Place in Kilmainham, Dublin 8. This residential housing complex comprises of 38 housing units. After a pep talk from Mireya Gines, Fundraising Assistant for ALONE, where she detailed the fantastic work ALONE does in the community, the volunteers got to work on gardening tasks and even got their hands dirty by doing some painting to freshen up the complex for its residents. Mireya Gines, of ALONE said: “We are delighted that ALONE is the first organisation to benefit from the National Lottery Volunteer Days. We have benefitted from Lottery funding in the past but nothing beats the personal touch of getting an army of volunteers who worked really hard and the place is looking really well now. A few of our residents also commented that it was nice to chat with the visitors over the course of the afternoon.” For more information on ALONE and to find out about their services
An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar was on hand to help National Lottery celebrate its 30th birthday and Good Cause milestone in an extended special mid-week Lotto draw on RTÉ ONE on August 2nd. Mr Varadkar announced that the National Lottery has raised a landmark €5 Billion for Good Causes all over Ireland in the last 30 years, making a crucial positive impact on life in communities and organisations right across the country. As part of the celebrations, National Lottery was also featured on Nationwide earlier in the evening and the #LotteryBig30 birthday celebrations then continued on Facebook Live Speaking before the start of the draw Mr Varadkar spoke of the special place the National Lottery holds in Irish society, having been set up by the Government in 1987 with the express purpose of raising funds for good causes in the areas of health, sport, arts and heritage, youth and the environment. That includes financial support for sports clubs, disability, local social and health services, artistic projects, and the Irish language. 30c in every euro spent on the Lottery goes back to Good Causes.