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As the Lotto heads towards €10m, there's a billion dollar jackpot in the US

The cash for the new Powerball jackpot would amount to $806 million (€737m) before taxes.

File Photo THE NATIONAL LOTTERY is to introduce changes next month that will see the cost of playing increase. Two extra numbers will also be added to the selection grid, lengthening the odds for winning the jackpot. Customers will, from next month, have Source: Mark Stedman/RollingNews.ie

THERE WAS NO winner of the €9.7 million Lotto jackpot last night, but the prospect of it heading closer or beyond €10 million pales in comparison to the situation in the United States.

The National Lottery winning numbers last night were 2, 11, 14, 28, 29, 34, and the bonus number was 37, but no one clinched the jackpot.

There were two Match 5 plus Bonus winners who each won €164,650, and one winner of the Lotto Plus 2 top prize, worth €250,000.

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However, the rollover in the United States dwarfs this.

The jackpot for the Powerball lottery rose to a whopping $1.3 billion (€1.19bn) after organisers said there was no winner in the weekend draw.

The Powerball prize rocketed to $950 million on Saturday, fueling a frenzy of lotto ticket buying across the United States.

Powerball Jackpot Customers wait in line to buy Powerball lottery tickets in Hawthorne, California. Source: Associated Press

Numbers were drawn and announced just before 11pm local time (0359 GMT) — but hours later lottery officials said there was no winner.

According to the rules, the winner can choose to be paid the full jackpot in annual installments over 29 years, or take a lower one-off payment in cash.

The cash for the new jackpot would amount to $806 million (€737m) before taxes, according to the official Powerball site.

Over in the United Kingdon, there were two winners of the record £66 million (€87.7m) jackpot, BBC News reports.

Additional reporting © – AFP 2016

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