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How to Play Irish Lotto

Irish Lotto draws take place on Wednesday and Saturday evenings and require players to select six numbers from 1 to 47. The jackpot is won if anyone matches all six main numbers drawn, and rolls over to the next draw if nobody wins. The top prize starts at €2 million and can climb as high as €18.96 million.

A Bonus Ball is also drawn from the remaining 41 numbers, creating a total of eight prize tiers. A rundown of the Irish Lotto prize structure, odds of winning and prizes can be found below:

Number Matched Prize Odds
6 main numbers Jackpot 1 in 10,737,573
5 main numbers + Bonus Ball Average of €100,000 (dependent on size of prize pool and number of winners) 1 in 1,789,596
5 main numbers Prize dependent on size of prize pool and number of winners 1 in 44,740
4 main numbers + Bonus Ball Prize dependent on size of prize pool and number of winners 1 in 17,896
4 main numbers Prize dependent on size of prize pool and number of winners 1 in 918
3 main numbers + Bonus Ball Prize dependent on size of prize pool and number of winners 1 in 688
3 main numbers Average of €9 (dependent on size of prize pool and number of winners) 1 in 54
2 main numbers + Bonus Ball €3 Scratchcard 1 in 72
Overall odds of winning any Irish Lotto prize are 1 in 29

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Irish Lotto tickets are available for €2 from authorised retailers in Ireland. Alternatively, numbers can be picked online from anywhere in the world.

Regardless of the method you choose to enjoy the game, you can either select the numbers yourself or opt for a random Quick Pick. However, if you play through a retailer it is recommended that you sign the back of any tickets you buy and keep them safe, as entries need to be presented before you can be paid.

All Irish Lotto prizes must be claimed within 90 days of the relevant draw, or they will be retained to promote the National Lottery and increase funds raised for good causes. Irish players must be at least 18 to take part in draws.

On top of the main Lotto game, players can also opt to take part in the Lotto Plus 1 and Lotto Plus 2 draws for a small additional fee. These draws take place alongside the Lotto draw each Wednesday and Saturday and offer players two additional jackpots to play for as well as a range of smaller prizes.

Did you know that Irish Lotto players haven’t always picked six numbers from 47? You can read a bit more about the history of the main Lotto game here.