The ball, second from left, appeared to be labelled number 33 as well as number 38
One of the winning balls in Saturday’s Irish National Lottery appeared to change numbers due to a trick of the light, lottery chiefs have said. Ball 38 was the second one to drop during the draw. But after it was nudged by the next ball it seemed to be labelled number 33 as well as 38. That led some people on social media to suspect foul play, but the Irish National Lottery has stressed that nothing sinister was afoot.
“A brief reflection of light during filming caused an illusion and some players to think there were two numbers on ball 38,” it said in a statement. “This was not the case.” “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 was drawn in the Irish National Lottery’s Lotto Plus 1 game, which has a jackpot of 500,000 euros (£449,000). It is not known how many winners there were, but it is thought to be unlikely that any of them were among those who complained.