Irish Lottery

The Irish National Lottery began gaming operations in 1987. Since then, it has expanded its repertoire of games to include Lotto drawings, television bingo, televised game shows, and participation in the transnational EuroMillions lottery.

Quick Facts
Game Type6/47
First DrawMarch 23, 1987
Draw ScheduleWednesday and Saturday 7:57 pm
Draw VenueBroadcast live on RTE
Biggest Jackpot€16,185,749 on July 28, 2007
Biggest Individual Winner/Payout€7,892,753 on May 21, 1997

The jackpot is never lower than €2,000,000 and is frequently worth in excess of €5,000,000.00. On July 28, 2007, it rose to a record Jackpot of €16,185,749.

The Irish Lottery is surprisingly easy to win. With better odds of winning than your typical big lottery, the Irish Lottery only requires you to pick 6 numbers from 1 to 47, and match the numbers drawn on Wednesday and Saturday draws.

The Irish National Lottery pays out more than 50% of its funds in prize money. The balance is used to fund projects in Ireland in the areas of health, sport, recreation, arts, culture, and national heritage.

All cash prizes won in are paid as tax-free lump sums, and must be claimed within 90 days of the applicable drawing dates.

8 Ways to Win

This is the Percentage Share of the Prize Money You Win If Some or All of Your Numbers Are Drawn.

PRIZE POOLMatching NumbersPercentage Payout
Total Prize Pool (€)
Division 1Match 6 Numbers Jackpot (minimum guaranteed €2 million)
Division 2Match 5 + Bonus Number€100,000
Division 3Match 5 Numbers€1,500
Division 4Match 4 + Bonus Number€150
Division 5Match 4 Numbers€50
Division 6Match 3 + Bonus Number€25
Division 7Match 3 Numbers€9
Division 8Match 2 + Bonus€3 Scratch Card

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