Second highest Lotto jackpot ever up for grabs tonight

It will be the second highest lotto jackpot ever with €18 million up for grabs this evening.

The monster windfall has been waiting to be won since early June, rolling over week after week.

Only one jackpot in excess of €18 million has ever been won, the Dan Morrissey syndicate from Carlow scooped a whooping €18,963,441 in 2008.

A National Lottery spokesperson said: “there is a huge buzz around this weekend’s Lotto draw with the jackpot heading towards an estimated €18 million.

“The Lotto jackpot is currently capped at €18.96 million and this represents the record-breaking Lotto jackpot win by the Dan Morrissey syndicate in Carlow in June 2008.

“Once the jackpot exceeds the cap, no more money will be added to the jackpot prize until it is won. The funds that would normally go to the jackpot will be distributed to the next lower prize tier at which there are winners. If the jackpot is won at an amount higher than €18.96 million, that amount will become the game’s new jackpot cap.”