It is the largest ever jackpot in the history of the game. The record-breaking prize now has had 48 roll overs.

But since the Lotto was capped at just over €19 million in September, all the extra cash the National Lottery gets has been put into other prizes.

The Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform said: "180 players have won increased prize amounts in the 15 draws subsequent to the new jackpot cap being applied."

Michael McGrath was responding to Fine Gael's Bernard Durkan, who has been vocal on the issue many times in the Dáil.

Some have even remarked that he appears to be on a 'crusade'.

Deputy Durkan had raised "concerns expressed by the public in respect of the inordinate amount of time that the major prize has been carried over".

He wants to know if this is a result "of technical reasons - such as hacking".

Minister McGrath has assured him that it is not.

In a written reply to a Parliamentary Question, the minister said that there are "strict protocols in place to ensure that rigorous testing of equipment takes place before each and every Lotto draw".

The Regulator has also assured him that "each step of the draw process is strictly adhered to".

"Every Lotto draw is overseen by an independent auditor," Minister McGrath concluded, with this being handled by KPMG.

Minister McGrath said he understands "that the game is currently experiencing a particularly long roll".

However, he noted that "the opposite can also occur: the jackpot was won three Saturdays in a row earlier this year between late May and early June".

If there is a single winner of the massive prize, they will become the biggest Lotto jackpot winner, ever.

The minister also provided details of all the Lotto jackpots this year.

The first win of 2021 was in January, when €8.5m was won after 16 roll overs.

The next jackpot was in April, with a €12.7m haul after 22 roll overs.

11 roll overs later, €6.5m was won in May.

The following Saturday, the winner took home €2.5m, and a week later another lucky ticket bagged the same amount.

But now, 48 roll overs later, all eyes are - still - on the unprecedented prize.