Record Lottery Jackpot Roll Over - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Record Lottery Jackpot Roll Over

Published December 9, 2013

No one won the National Lottery’s jackpot on Saturday night, for the 7th week in a row. This is the first time in Icelandic lottery history that the jackpot rolls over for 8 weeks.

Saturday’s jackpot was over 94 million ISK and a record number of lottery tickets were sold.

Surprisingly, no one managed to pick the six correct numbers still. “This has never happened before and to be honest, when I saw the numbers that came up during the drawing [on Saturday] I thought to myself that many Icelanders would share the first prize,” Stefán Konráðsson, manager of Íslensk getspá, told RÚV.

Right after the numbers had been read out live on TV, participants took to the Internet to see if anyone had won, with the traffic overwhelming the lottery’s website, lotto.is, so it crashed. Stefán said the problem had been fixed and hopefully it wouldn’t happen again next week.

With next Saturday’s jackpot expected to reach a record amount of 125 million ISK, Stefán expects a lottery mania in Iceland this week.

So, who’s in for a nice Christmas surprice?

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