A Fine Gael TD has called for an investigation into why the Lotto jackpot hasn’t been won for six months.
The lotto jackpot has rolled over 46 times since it was last won on June 6th.
But nobody has scooped the record €19 million jackpot yet.
Bernard Durkan, TD for Kildare North, is calling on lotto chiefs to “to drop a couple of balls as a mark of good faith”.
“This didn’t happen in Ronan Collins’ day,” Mr Durkan said.
“The jackpot has been stuck on €19 million since September. What’s going on?
“We need a full investigation and audit into the draw,” Mr Durkan added.
“I have never agreed with Premier Lotteries Ireland’s decision to increase the number of balls to 47.
“I’m old enough to remember 1986 when there were 36 balls and that’s how it should have stayed.”
The TD, who is on both the Oireachtas Finance and Public Expenditure committees, called on the operator to make the draw more winnable and to bring back the independent observer from KPMG, Stokes Kennedy Crowley, who used to stand beside the machine, “keeping an eye on things”.
“I’m not saying anything odd has happened, but it’s the longest run in the history of the game, so we need a bit of reassurance,” Mr Durkan said.
“Currently ahead of tomorrow night’s lotto draw, the prospect of winning is so remote that punters must be thinking Shergar would have a better chance at winning Squid Game.”