Irish Lotto FAQs

If you have any questions about the Irish Lotto, have a look at this page for the answers that you need.

Question: When does the Irish Lotto draw take place?

Answer: Irish Lotto is drawn around 7:55pm GMT every Saturday and Wednesday. Results are updated on the Irish Lotto Prizes page shortly afterwards, with the full prize breakdown following soon after.

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Question: Does the Irish Lotto jackpot have a guaranteed minimum value?

Answer: The base level for an Irish Lotto jackpot is €2 million, but the top prize can grow well above that amount due to rollovers.

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Question: What time do Irish Lottery ticket sales close?

Answer: If you’re buying online, tickets close at 7.40pm on draw days. Sales at authorised retailers within the country close at 7:45pm on the night a draw takes place.

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Question: How do you win on the Irish Lottery?

Answer: In order to win the Irish Lotto jackpot, you must match all six main numbers drawn. There are a number of other prizes available, starting from a fixed €3 scratchcard for matching two numbers and the Bonus Ball and increasing in value as you match more numbers. See the Irish Lotto Prizes page for a list of all of the winning combinations.

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Question: Can you play the Irish Lottery if you do not live in Ireland?

Answer: You can buy Irish Lotto tickets from an online Ticket Concierge service which will purchase a ticket on your behalf, scan it, keep it safe and support you through the claims process for you if you win the jackpot.

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Question: If you win, how long do you have to claim a prize?

Answer: You have 90 days from the date of the draw to claim any Irish Lotto prize which you are due. If any prize remains unclaimed after this time then the money is transferred to a specific reserve fund for later use.

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Question: How old do you have to be to play Irish Lottery?

Answer: Players must be 18 or over to take part in the Irish Lotto.

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Question: Are winnings on the Irish Lottery taxable?

Answer: Winners within the Republic of Ireland will not be taxed on their prize, but if you are playing online from elsewhere then you should check your local tax laws.

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Question: What are the odds of winning a prize on Irish Lottery?

Answer: You have a 1 in 10,737,573 chance of winning the Irish Lotto jackpot, with your odds of winning any prize standing at 1 in 29.

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Question: Does the Irish Lottery have a rollover limit or jackpot cap?

Answer: The Irish Lotto may roll over as many times as it takes for someone to win it. There is no cap on the amount to which the jackpot can rise.

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Question: What is the biggest jackpot ever won on the Irish Lottery?

Answer: The largest ever Irish Lotto jackpot was won in June 2008 by a syndicate of 16 quarry workers in County Carlow who scooped €18.9 million between them. The largest amount ever won by an individual was €16.7 million, which was claimed by a ticket holder in Waterford in 2010.

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Question: When is the next Irish Lotto draw?

Answer: Wednesday 25th January 2017 .

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Question: What is the current value of the Irish Lotto jackpot?

Answer: The next Irish Lotto jackpot is €6,000,000

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Question: How much does it cost to buy an Irish Lotto ticket?

Answer: A single ticket costs £2, for an additional 50p players can add the Irish Lotto Plus 1 and Plus 2 options. Please note that if you buy your ticket through an online concierge service a small handling fee will also be required.

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