Lotto is Ireland’s longest running and most popular national lottery game.
Lotto draws take place twice weekly on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 19:58 local time.
Lotto tickets cost €1.00 per line, although players must enter a minimum of two lines.
To enter Lotto, choose six numbers between 1 and 47, or buy a Quick Pick to play with randomly generated numbers.
The Lotto Plus option is available for an extra €1.00, which enters the six numbers into three additional games: Lotto Plus, Lotto Plus 2 and the Raffle Draw.
Players can win up to €500,000 in Lotto Plus, up to €250,000 in Lotto Plus 2 and up to €500 in the Raffle Draw.
The Lotto Plus games are played with the same numbers as selected for the main Lotto, with players being allocated a randomly generated four-digit number for the Raffle Draw: one for each line entered into the main Lotto draw.
Lotto offers a minimum guaranteed jackpot of €2 million and has no rollover or jackpot cap.
The biggest ever Lotto jackpots are:
- €18,963,441 on June 29, 2008.
- €16,700,000 on April 14, 2010.
- €16,300,000 on October 23, 2010.
Odds and Prizes
The odds of winning the Lotto jackpot are 1 in 10,737,573.
Players can win Lotto prizes at eight tiers, with overall odds of 1 in 29 of winning a prize.
|Prize Category||Numbers Matched||Winning Odds||Winning Odds %|
|1||6||1 in 10,737,573||0.000009|
|2||5, plus Bonus||1 in 1,789,596||0.00006|
|3||5||1 in 44,740||0.002|
|4||4, plus Bonus||1 in 17,896||0.006|
|5||4||1 in 918||0.1|
|6||3, plus Bonus||1 in 688||0.15|
|7||3||1 in 54||1.9|
|8||2, plus Bonus||1 in 72||1.4|
Payout and Taxes
Lotto prizes are paid out as lump sums only, with winners having up to 90 days to make a claim.
Lottery prizes are not subject to tax in Ireland; however, anyone playing Lotto from abroad should check local tax laws to find out if winnings must be declared.
Who Can Play Lotto?
Players must be at least 18 years of age to play Lotto.
Lotto tickets are available from authorized retailers across Ireland, while Irish residents can also enter via the official Irish National Lottery website.
Players from abroad can play Lotto online via Lottery Agent websites.
History of Lotto
The first Lotto draw took place in 1988. Originally, there were only 36 numbers to choose from, with draws taking place weekly on Saturdays. Jackpots were also much smaller, starting at 250,000 Irish pounds.
Wednesday draws were added in May 1990, with the number selection rising to 42 in September 1994. The number selection rose again to 45 in November 2006, before rising to the 47 of today in September 2015.
Lotto Plus was added in 2000, followed by Lotto Plus 2 in 2002 and the Raffle Draw in September 2015.