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Tonight's Ireland Lotto draw cancelled because of network failure

Feb 4, 2015, 4:07 pm

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Ireland National LotteryIreland National Lottery: Tonight's Ireland Lotto draw cancelled because of network failure

Tonight's Ireland Lotto jackpot may be €10 million but National Lottery machines around the country aren't keen on it being won — they've been out of commission since this morning.

The Ireland National Lottery has now confirmed that tonight's draw has been cancelled.

In a statement, it said:

"The National Lottery can confirm that there were technical problems this morning following a service outage related to the 3G telecommunications infrastructure provided by Telefónica. This incident affected business customers across Ireland and Europe including over 3,500 National Lottery agents. We are continuing work to re-establish the connection between the agent terminals and the network. 

"To ensure all our players have an opportunity to play for the €10 million Lotto jackpot, the Lotto draw will now take place on Thursday 5 February 2015. Tickets already purchased for the midweek draw remain valid for this draw."

It thanked players and agents for their patience.

"It's a telecommunications problem," Lotto spokesperson Nuala Kane said earlier today.

"The machines have been down nationwide since 9.06 this morning. The core issues have been resolved so we expect the machines to be back up and running later this afternoon."

A subsequent Lottery statement confirmed that a 'network incident' had put lottery agents our of commission across Europe today.

Service has now been restored and National Lottery agent terminals are in the process of re-establishing their connection to the network.

The current jackpot has been rolling since December 13.

Thanks to myturn for the tip.

journal.ie, Lottery Post Staff

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April 2, 2013
1481 Posts
Posted: February 4, 2015, 6:15 pm - IP Logged

Better late than sorry.

Seek and ye shall find -Matt. 7:7 ...Ask and ye shall receive -John 16:24 ...Give and it shall be given unto you -Luke 6:38 ...Be careful what you ask for!!! -Mypiemaster 1:1

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    Bondi Junction
    Member #57240
    December 24, 2007
    1102 Posts
    Posted: February 5, 2015, 7:35 am - IP Logged

    October 2013

    Ireland has agreed to sell a 20-year national lottery operating licence for 405 million euros ($552 million) to a joint venture that includes the owner of British operator Camelot, Ireland's spending minister said on Friday.

    The deal is the first step in a privatisation drive agreed under Ireland's EU-IMF bailout that aims to bring in 3 billion euros, which will be used to pay down debt and to fund a jobs stimulus programme.

    A joint venture between Ireland's state-owned postal service, An Post, and Camelot's owner, the Ontario Teachers Pension Plan, has been selected as the preferred bidder with a deal due to be finalised by the end of the year, a government statement said.

    We all get a lot out of lotteries!

      Bondi Junction
      Member #57240
      December 24, 2007
      1102 Posts
      Posted: February 5, 2015, 7:49 am - IP Logged

      The incident could not have come at a worse time for the new operator of the franchise Premier Lotteries Ireland. It has been under fire over the performance of its new ticket terminals which retailers claim are plagued by glitches.


      Up 3,500 terminals, equating to 95 per cent of the network, went out of commission for several hours yesterday.

      We all get a lot out of lotteries!