Irish €10m jackpot Lotto cancelled due to 3G telecoms crash

4 Feb 2015

Ireland’s €10m National Lottery jackpot draw was cancelled due to a systems outage on the 3G network that supports thousands of news agents around the country.

The draw, which was due to take place at 8pm this evening, has been postponed until tomorrow evening (Thursday 5 February).

In a statement the National Lottery 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,” the National Lottery said.

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John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years