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.
|First Draw||March 23, 1987|
|Draw Schedule||Wednesday and Saturday 7:57 pm|
|Draw Venue||Broadcast 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 POOL||Matching Numbers||Percentage Payout|
Total Prize Pool (€)
|Division 1||Match 6 Numbers||Jackpot (minimum guaranteed €2 million)|
|Division 2||Match 5 + Bonus Number||€100,000|
|Division 3||Match 5 Numbers||€1,500|
|Division 4||Match 4 + Bonus Number||€150|
|Division 5||Match 4 Numbers||€50|
|Division 6||Match 3 + Bonus Number||€25|
|Division 7||Match 3 Numbers||€9|
|Division 8||Match 2 + Bonus||€3 Scratch Card|