The Irish National Lottery replaced the Irish Hospital Sweepstakes in 1988 and since then has become a favourite game amongst lottery players, with an estimated two thirds of Irish adults playing regularly.
Visit the Irish Lottery website for Lotto prize breakdown and winner information including Lotto Plus 1 and Lotto Plus 2 results, as well as the Lotto Plus Raffle.
How to Play
The Irish Lottery game requires players to select six numbers from 1 to 47. Seven numbers are drawn, comprising of six main numbers and one bonus number. To win the jackpot, the player's selections must match all six numbers. Players can either choose their own numbers or opt for a Quick Pick, which will automatically generate a random entry for them.
Draws take place twice a week on Wednesday and Saturday evenings, with eight different prize tiers available. The jackpot is guaranteed to be worth a minimum of €2 million, but rollovers can quickly create jackpots of €6 million or more on a regular basis. The lower-tier prizes offered on the Irish Lottery are comprised of a combination of guaranteed and pari-mutuel prizes (which are calculated based on the number of tickets sold and divided between the number of winners in each tier). You can win a €3 scratchcard just for matching two main numbers plus the Bonus Ball, while matching five main numbers plus the Bonus Ball could land you an estimated €100,000.
The complete details of all eight prize tiers can be found in the table below:
|Prize Tier||How to Win||Prize||Odds of Winning|
|1||Match 6||Jackpot (minimum of €2 million)||1 in 10,737,573|
|2||Match 5 + Bonus Ball||Average of €100,000||1 in 1,789,596|
|3||Match 5||Dependent on prize pool and amount of winners||1 in 44,740|
|4||Match 4 + Bonus Ball||Dependent on prize pool and amount of winners||1 in 17,896|
|5||Match 4||Dependent on prize pool and amount of winners||1 in 918|
|6||Match 3 + Bonus Ball||Dependent on prize pool and amount of winners||1 in 688|
|7||Match 3||Average of €9||1 in 54|
|8||Match 2 + Bonus Ball||€3 Scratchcard||1 in 72|
Overall odds of winning any Irish Lotto prize are 1 in 29.
Irish EuroMillions Players
Irish EuroMillions players also have the opportunity to play an additional game called EuroMillions Plus, which gives players the chance of winning up to €500,000. To read more about this game, visit the EuroMillions Plus page.