Irish Lotto

Irish Lotto

What is Irish Lotto

Irish Lotto is an established lottery draw game based in the Republic of Ireland. The Irish Lotto is the most popular domestic lottery in Ireland having been a staple on the Irish lottery scene since its first drawing in 1987. There is no doubt that the Irish Lotto is one of the best jackpot odds in the world, which makes it very popular worldwide with 1 in every 28 tickets wins a cash prize. The Irish Lotto has two draw days a week on Wednesdays and Saturdays.


History of the Irish Lotto

The first drawing of the Irish Lotto was way back in 1987 when they sold lottery tickets as well as scratch cards. The popularity of the Irish Lotto domestically is unrivalled. A report in 2011 came out with statistics that over 63% of the population of the Republic of Ireland confirmed playing the Irish Lottery and over 40% reported playing on a weekly basis. These figures are impressive and highlight just how popular the Irish Lottery is domestically. The Irish Lottery is no longer owned and operated by the Irish Government. In 2013 the license for the Irish National Lottery was bought for 20 years by Premier lotteries, a private company that paid over €400m EUR for the 20 year license.


Draw Days

Wednesday & Saturday 20:00 GMT

Minimum Jackpot

€2.6 million EUR

Record Jackpot

€25 million EUR


The Irish Lotto follows a straight forward 6/45 game structure. Players do not choose bonus balls in this draw, however bonus balls are drawn for the lower down prize divisions. You just have to choose 6 numbers out of possible 45 and you’re on your way to becoming an Irish Lotto millionaire. A bonus number will also be drawn in the addition for lower tier prizes. The jackpot winner needs to match all 6 numbers.

Ticket Cost

€3.00 (2 lines min)

Game Odds

Prize Main Numbers Extra Numbers Odds
1st 6 1:8,145,060
2nd 5 1 1:1,357,510
3rd 5 1:34,808
4th 4 1 1:28,579
5th 4 1:733
6th 3 1 1:1,755
7th 3 1:45

External Links:

Official Site

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