The Irish Lotto is the national lottery of Ireland, one that entices players from across Europe to play. But what is this lottery, what prizes does it offer and how can you play?
The Irish Lotto is one of the most popular lotteries in Europe right now and it has held onto that title for a number of years. In this guide we’ll show you why its popularity has endured.
What is the Irish Lotto?
The Irish Lotto is the state lottery of the Republic of Ireland and has been in operation since the late 1980s, 7 years before the UK National Lottery was founded. Every year this lottery generates sales in excess of €300 million, with weekly jackpots that are at least €2 million and can be rolled over.
Wins on the Irish Lotto begin when you land just 2 numbers and the bonus ball and like many lotteries in Europe it is not restricted by nationalities and players from other countries can buy tickets if they find ticket sellers.
How Much to Play the Irish Lotto?
The Irish Lotto costs €2 per line and if you are in the United Kingdom then you will pay £2.
You need to select 6 numbers between 1 and 47 to play a line on the Irish Lotto, and a total of 6 numbers and a bonus ball will be drawn. Unlike the Euromillions, where you actually select the additional balls (known as Lucky Stars) yourself, the bonus ball is taken from the 6 and offers additional chances of winning.
For instance, you need all 6 main numbers to get the jackpot, but if you only get 5 and land the bonus ball then you can still win a sizable sum, usually around 1/10 to 1/20 of the value of the jackpot (although this sum, like the jackpot itself, will be split between multiple winners).
Can I Play Irish Lotto in the UK?
You can, and many UK players prefer the Irish Lottery to the UK Lotto. Tickets are sold in bookmakers throughout the United Kingdom and you can also buy them on specialist lottery websites like MultiLotto.
The process is just like any other lottery. You choose your numbers, buy a lotto ticket, and then collect your winnings.
Where to Play The Irish Lotto
If you don’t live in Ireland then the best place to get tickets for the Irish Lotto is on the MultiLotto website. This is a regulated European gambling website that has been providing players with tickets to global lotteries since 2012.
Where to Find The Irish Lotto Results
You can find all Irish Lotto Results on MultiLotto, as well as results for a host of other lotteries and games. But what are the odds that you will be the lucky one?
Odds of Winning the Irish Lotto
You have a 1 in 10.7 million chance of winning the Irish Lotto jackpot, and the odds of getting 5 numbers and the bonus ball are roughly a tenth of this. That may sound like an astronomical figure, but it’s worth noting that the odds of winning the UK National Lottery are a good deal greater and the odds of winning the EuroMillions are over 139 million to 1.
As far as major lotteries go, the Irish Lotto has generally favorable odds.
What Was The Biggest Irish Lotto Jackpot?
The biggest jackpot ever on the Irish Lotto was €18.9 million and was scooped by a syndicate of 16 people who worked at a quarry, prompting headlines of, “Quarry Workers Strike Gold” across Ireland as the country sighed collectively in response.