Aontú leader, and Meath West TD, Peadar Tóibín said the National Lottery “system is broken” and claimed it “didn’t happen by accident”.

Mr. Tóibín said the addition of extra balls to the draw had made it more difficult to win for players. The TD took exception to Mr. Algeo when he said he could not provide a breakdown of his company’s monthly turnover for commercial sensitivity reasons.

Mr. Tóibín asked who the National Lottery is in competition with and Mr. Alego said “everybody who is competing for household disposable expenditure”

His remarks came as the operator of the National Lottery has come under fire from TDs over the €19m jackpot not being won for six months.

At the Oireachtas Finance Committee, TDs raised concerns about the Lotto draw and the level of prize money that has gone unclaimed in recent years.

Speaking at the meeting, Premier Lotteries Limited chief executive Andre Algeo revealed the number of tickets sold in the last four months, when the jackpot has not been won, has been “higher than normal”.

Mr. Algeo also told the committee at least €107m in prize money has gone unclaimed since 2016.

He said the unclaimed prize money is used to promote the National Lottery which he said meant more tickets being sold and customers benefiting from bigger jackpots.