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Irish Lotto Introduction

The Irish Lotto is the National Lottery is Ireland. It is controlled by Premier Lotteries Ireland and played throughout the Republic of Ireland, but it has also become popular with players around the world who can play through the Multilotto website.


The Irish Lotto was first drawn in 1987, and in the first quarter century of its operation it paid out around €7 billion in prizes and raised over €4.5 billion for good causes throughout Ireland. This lottery is often said to be one of the most accessible of national lotteries, as the odds are very low in comparison to other games.


How to Play Irish Lotto

An Irish Lotto ticket consists of 6 numbers between 1 and 47. It’s a straightforward lottery with 8 prize tiers. Payments begin when players get 2 main numbers and the bonus ball (this is drawn as an additional number but is not selected by the player) and if played in Ireland then there are also side games like Plus 1 and Plus 2 that can be purchased.


An Irish Lotto ticket costs €2 and in Ireland there is a minimum cost of €4, which means that two tickets need to be purchased. This is not the case for players purchasing online through the Multilotto website.


Jackpots and Records

The largest ever Irish Lotto jackpot was €18.9 million. This was claimed in June 2008 by a syndicate from the town of Carlow, after which it was shared between a total of 16 syndicate members.


In 1992, when the jackpot reached one of its highest amounts yet, a syndicate of 28 players tried to buy as many tickets as they could to guarantee a win. They ended up with 80% of the possible number combinations and they did, in the end, claim the jackpot. But so did two other players, which meant that they had to share their success. It is claimed that they spent over £820,000 to win a jackpot that ended up paying £568,682.


This was one of the first instances of what is known as a “brute force attack” on lottery games.


Winning Odds of Irish Lotto

The odds of winning the Irish Lotto jackpot are 1 in 10,737,573 (1 in 10.7 million), which are much more favourable than the odds on lotteries like EuroMillions (1 in 139 million) and even the UK National Lottery (1 in 45 million). The odds of scooping the second prize, which is paid to players who get 5 main numbers and a bonus number, are 1 in 1,789,596, while the odds of winning the smallest prize are 1 in 72.


Irish Lotto Introduction

The Irish Lotto is the National Lottery is Ireland. It is controlled by Premier Lotteries Ireland and played throughout the Republic of Ireland, but it has also become popular with players around the world who can play through the Multilotto website.


The Irish Lotto was first drawn in 1987, and in the first quarter century of its operation it paid out around €7 billion in prizes and raised over €4.5 billion for good causes throughout Ireland. This lottery is often said to be one of the most accessible of national lotteries, as the odds are very low in comparison to other games.


How to Play Irish Lotto

An Irish Lotto ticket consists of 6 numbers between 1 and 47. It’s a straightforward lottery with 8 prize tiers. Payments begin when players get 2 main numbers and the bonus ball (this is drawn as an additional number but is not selected by the player) and if played in Ireland then there are also side games like Plus 1 and Plus 2 that can be purchased.


An Irish Lotto ticket costs €2 and in Ireland there is a minimum cost of €4, which means that two tickets need to be purchased. This is not the case for players purchasing online through the Multilotto website.


Jackpots and Records

The largest ever Irish Lotto jackpot was €18.9 million. This was claimed in June 2008 by a syndicate from the town of Carlow, after which it was shared between a total of 16 syndicate members.


In 1992, when the jackpot reached one of its highest amounts yet, a syndicate of 28 players tried to buy as many tickets as they could to guarantee a win. They ended up with 80% of the possible number combinations and they did, in the end, claim the jackpot. But so did two other players, which meant that they had to share their success. It is claimed that they spent over £820,000 to win a jackpot that ended up paying £568,682.


This was one of the first instances of what is known as a “brute force attack” on lottery games.


Winning Odds of Irish Lotto

The odds of winning the Irish Lotto jackpot are 1 in 10,737,573 (1 in 10.7 million), which are much more favourable than the odds on lotteries like EuroMillions (1 in 139 million) and even the UK National Lottery (1 in 45 million). The odds of scooping the second prize, which is paid to players who get 5 main numbers and a bonus number, are 1 in 1,789,596, while the odds of winning the smallest prize are 1 in 72.