The Irish Lotto or National Lottery in Ireland launched in 1987 and is Ireland’s state Lotto. It is widely popular with a huge two-thirds of the adult population in Ireland regularly playing Lotto Games.

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How does the Irish Lottery work?

  • 6 main balls plus a bonus ball are drawn from a number selection between 1 and 47.
  • You can Bet without the bonus ball (higher payout) you can bet on up to 5 balls appearing from any of the main 6 drawn.
  • Betting with the bonus ball (lower payout) you can bet on up to 5 balls appearing from any of the main 6 drawn or the bonus ball

How much does it cost to play the Irish Lotto?

It costs a minimum of €2 to play the Irish Lottery, that is if you buy two lines per draw, it will cost €4. Each additional line is €2 per line.

Can I play the Irish lottery if I am in the UK?

Yes, you can. Simply choose 6 numbers from 1–47

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William Hill Irish Lottery Results Quick Facts

  1. The Irish Lottery launched in March 1987.
  2. Two draws are made each week, on Wednesday and Saturday evenings.
  3. The odds of winning the jackpot is 1 in 10.7m – this is favourable compared to other lottery draws.
  4. Your odds of winning any amount of money on the Irish Lottery is 1 in 29.
  5. To win the jackpot, you need to match all six numbers; match at least three numbers to scoop a cash prize.
  6. The minimum Irish Lottery jackpot is €2 million (£1.7 million) – if it isn’t won, it will roll over to a maximum of €18 million (£15.5 million).
  7. The maximum Irish Lottery jackpot is €18.9 million (£16.3 million).
  8. All winnings from the Irish Lotto are tax-free and can be in your account within two working days

William Hill Irish Lottery Results

Gambling in Ireland

The primary form of gambling in Ireland is the Irish lottery. Even though the gambling industry is experiencing certain trends, just like any other, the Irish seem to be loyal to the gambling classic – the lottery. According to the results of the survey, 56.7% of all participants have bought a lottery ticket or scratch card in person at some point last year, and 35% of them did so last month.

Only 3% decided to play the online lottery. However, this piece of information should be taken with a grain of salt – especially as the situation has significantly changed since the survey was taken. According to the Irish Times, online lottery providers are causing quite a headache to lotto operators. It’s expected that on a global level, online lottery wagers will rise from $29 billion in 2017 to $76 billion by 2022.

Lottery and Scratchcards

According to the Department of Health, most people who spent over €250 in the past year did so on lottery tickets and scratch cards. 11.2% of all surveyed participants got their nails dirty scratching silver foil on a ticket.

The same trend is noticed among both males and females. In addition to the lottery, males also tend to spend over €250 a year placing bets on sports at their favourite retail bookie (9.5%). 0.3% of females bet that much on the same category.

Sports betting is followed by horse racing. Free Bets in Ireland 3.4% of males placed bets worth over €250 in this category. On the other hand, female participants didn’t point to any other significant categories they consider worth their money – with a small exception of bingo. 1.6% of females stated they spent over €250 on playing bingo in person.

This isn’t surprising if we know how in Ireland, bingo is the most acceptable form of gambling. It is not considered betting, but a social event. Bingo is played in churches and community centres.

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When is the Irish Lottery drawn?

The Irish Lotto is drawn twice weekly on Wednesday and Saturday evenings at 19:45pm (GMT). Every Wednesday and Saturday evening, three draws take place including the main Lotto draw and Lotto plus 1 and Lotto plus 2

Do I have to pay taxes on my winnings from betting on the Irish Lotto?

There is no tax at all to pay on either prize winnings or stakes in the UK and Ireland

What is the minimum bet I can make?

This varies bookmaker to bookmaker, for example, Ladbrokes is £0.10 per line whereas William Hill is £0.01 per line.

What payment methods can you use to play the Irish Lotto?

This varies but most betting websites do accept Debit Cards, PayPal, Neteller, Ukash, Moneybookers, or Bank Transfer

What is the biggest Irish Lottery win?

The largest ever Irish Lottery jackpot ever won was worth €18,963,441 - this was won by a syndicate of 16 players who worked together in a concrete plant in County Carlow. 

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