Lotto presenters, Bláthnaid Treacy, Nuala Carey and Kamal Ibrahim celebrate ahead of Saturday's (February 3rd) 3,000th Lotto draw.
Over €13m in prizemoney has been won by jackpot winners from Co Longford since its introduction almost thirty years ago.
In that time, 13 lotto winners with Longford based addresses have become millionaires overnight, resulting in more than €4bn in winnings being paid out.
Ahead of the National Lottery's 3,000th draw this Saturday, it's hoped Longford could welcome its 14th lotto winner in a weekly format which has accounted for 745 jackpot prizes exceeding €1m.
“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," said National Lottery Chief Executive, Dermot Griffin.
"As we approach our 3,000th draw, we have seen an incredible 1,738 jackpot winners with prizes exceeding a phenomenal €4.4 billion.”
“As Chief Executive of the National Lottery, 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.”
Mr Griffin added: “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 €2.9 billion which has benefitted projects and organisations in the areas of health, sport welfare, education, arts and heritage.”