Serious questions for National Lottery as €180,000 prizes not included for 5 years – McGrath

Public trust and confidence in national lottery will be damaged

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Finance Michael McGrath has said that the revelation that four top prizes totalling €180,000 were not included for players to win in three of its scratch card games since 2014 raises very serious questions for both the lottery operator Premier Lotteries Ireland (PLI) and the national lottery regulator.

Deputy McGrath has suggested that both PLI and the regulator be invited to come before the Oireachtas Finance Committee to face questions on the issue.

Deputy McGrath said: „Today’s revelation will undoubtedly damage public trust and confidence in the national lottery. Without the trust of the general public, the success of the national lottery is far from guaranteed. The fact that these prizes were not on offer for the past five years raises very serious questions for the national lottery.

„Given that PLI says it learned of this issue six weeks ago, it is incredible they allowed these scratch cards to continue in circulation with the information they had. It would appear that the regulator did not make this discovery and they too have questions to answer to. The regulator needs to investigate how this issue did not surface until six weeks ago.

„I have today written to the Chairman of the Oireachtas Finance Committee proposing that the lottery operator PLI and the regulator be invited before us to answer questions at the earliest possible date.

„I also think that – instead of rolling this €180,000 of prizes into another lottery special draw – there is a strong argument that this money should be donated to deserving charitable causes immediately.”

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Michael McGrath TD

Spokesperson on Finance

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