The Irish National Lottery has assured players of its “integrity” after a number on a ball appeared to change mid-draw.
The second ball to emerge from Saturday’s Lotto Plus One draw was a number 38.
After it landed, however, the reflection of light on the ball made one of its numbers appear to be a 33.
The change was immediately picked up by players and viewers, who took to Twitter to suggest the apparent rogue digit may have been evidence of a fixed draw.
One person said: “Fixed Irish lotto, look at 33 & 38 on the same ball?”
Another said: “@NationalLottery 33 or 38? Pay out on both!”
A third wrote: “Strange what’s happening is it ball 38 or 33 Lotto +1.”
A spokesperson for the National Lottery said it “would like to assure its players of the integrity of Saturday night’s Lotto Plus One draw.”
“A brief reflection of the light during filming caused an illusion and some players to think there were two numbers on ball 38,” it continued. “This was not the case.”
In a recording of the draw, the ball in question at first appears to show the number 38.
When a later ball lands from the draw, however, it can be seen to knock the ball into a line of glare, which erases part of the digit and makes it appear to be a 33.
The prize for the Lotto Plus One draw on Saturday was €500,000 for the jackpot.
“The weight and size of all Lotto balls, and the numbers, are strictly checked in advance of each draw,” the Lottery’s statement said.
“This process, as well as the draw itself, is independently verified by our auditors KPMG.”