Lotto chiefs have been criticized by the former National Lottery board chairman for « raiding » the prize fund to cover expenses and making the jackpot game unfair.
John Haynes was the CEO of An Post and president of the An Post National Lottery Company for 13 years until he retired in 2003.
In a scathing letter to the Irish Times on Friday, Haynes criticized the existing lotto operators, saying the odds of winning the jackpot were « wrong ».
Lotto has been in the spotlight in recent weeks as the jackpot has not been won for more than six months.
The prize has been flipped and is now frozen at just over €19 million.
This led the Chiefs to lured to Dale’s committee to explain their position, where they said they wanted to reform the game to introduce a « must win » clause.
Fine Gael TD, Bernard Durkan, had highlighted the reason in the first place, with his famous and colorful comment that winning the jackpot had become so hard that « it would be easy for Schergarh to win a Squid Game ».
Durkan backed Mr Heinz, and told the Irish Mirror he looked forward to having Mr. Heinz’s complaints examined in a formal review.
Mr. Heinz wrote in the Irish Times: « Sir, I have served as President of the An Post National Lottery Company for 13 years.
“The current jackpot odds are wrong in principle and in practice.
“The allocation of unclaimed prizes into marketing expenses is a raid on the prize fund which would not have occurred at the time of An Post.
Unclaimed prizes belong to lottery players, not to the executive.
« It’s time to turn back the clock. – Yours, etc. »
Mr Durkan told The Mirror: “In the course of the many discussions that have taken place over the past few weeks, the public has brought to my attention several issues regarding how lotteries are run, won or not won and the methodology for dealing with unclaimed prizes, which we expect will They are all dealt with in the context of the review now underway.”
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