The broadcast began in the normal fashion, but Ormond got as far as welcoming people to the Wednesday night edition and then stopped in mid-sentence. As the camera zoomed in on his face Ormond looked not unlike a perplexed waxwork dummy and moments later the broadcast was pulled from the air.
Explaining the situation via Twitter, Ormond tweeted, "No I didn't see a ghost on lotto tonight! When your told to stop ya gotta stop! Can't beat live tv!"
Meanwhile the National Lottery Ireland offered its official explanation via Facebook: "The Lotto draws usually begin with the Lotto Plus 2 draw. Last night the main Lotto draw drum was started inadvertently. The draw manager then asked RTÉ to halt the broadcast."