Tag Archives: Lottery

Austria’s chancellor Karl Nehammer

This afternoon.

Via Reuters:

Austria’s conservative government said it was launching a national lottery to encourage holdouts to get vaccinated against the coronavirus, hours before parliament passed legislation that would introduce a national vaccination mandate.

About 72% of the Austrian population is fully vaccinated against COVID-19, one of the lowest rates in Western Europe.

Federal Chancellor Karl Nehammer said at a press conference of the social democratic opposition leader Pamela Rendi Wagner, with whom the measure was being negotiated, said he wanted there to be a financial reward for getting vaccinated, adding: “We have learned from the past and we have seen that a vaccination lottery is the best possible way to set up such a system.”

It could be you.

Austria adds a lottery to COVID vaccine mandate to win over holdouts (Reuters)


Wait. What?

Last night’s Lotto +1 draw on RTE1.

(Thanks Ronan Emmett)


A statement from the lottery this afternoon said: “A brief reflection of light during filming caused an illusion and some players to think there were two numbers on ball 38. This was not the case.

The weight and size of all Lotto balls, and the numbers, are strictly checked in advance of each draw.

“This process, as well as the draw itself, is independently observed by our auditors KPMG.”


Lottery blames light after ball appears to show two numbers (RTÉ)

Screengrab via Muratcomtr


G’wan the Tommy!

(Hat Tip: Rob Smith)


Ah here.

We need to change forever the way politics works in this country.

Reform is required to restore trust in politics and politicians. That is why reform will start with politics.

Enda Kenny, Leaders’ Questions speech, March 15, 2011

TAOISEACH Enda Kenny’s home county has hit the jackpot with funding from the National Lottery since he became Taoiseach, an Irish Independent investigation can reveal.

The constituency was the biggest winner of Lottery-funded capital sports grants last year – getting double the allocation of Dublin city.

Lotto grants to Mayo surged by 70pc to €1.8m – leading to accusations that the funding scheme is open to being operated as a political slush fund

Revealed: Surge in Lotto cash grants for Kenny’s home base (Independent)

(Hat tip@P_Rowley)

(Photocall Ireland)