Irish Lotto Answer ‘Cheat’ Accusations with a Trick of the Light

After Saturday’s Irish Lottery draw, organisers were embroiled in a cheating scandal after a player photographed the balls coming down, and one appeared to have two numbers on it. In the image, the ball with the number 38 appears to have a number 33 printed on it too, leading many on social media to call foul play. The National Lottery Ireland has now responded to these claims.

The National Lottery say it’s simply light shining on the ball, causing refraction that is obscuring half of the 8, making it appear to be a three, this means while it reads 38 on one side, the light shining appears to make it read 33 on the other side. In a statement they said “A brief reflection of light during filming caused an illusion and some players to think there were two numbers on ball 38,”

They went on to say “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.”

The ball in question came out in the Lotto Plus 1 game, rather than the main game with a jackpot of €500,000, and as all the lottery games run by the National Lottery Ireland are so carefully checked and vetted, their explanation is likely to keep players happy that no foul play has taken place.

There was no winner of the Lotto Plus 1 prize in Ireland on Saturday, and no main jackpot winner either so the €5,000,000 Irish Lotto jackpot rolls over to Wednesday night.

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