Irish Lottery Betting
Betting on the Irish Lottery is an easy, convenient way to play your favourite lottery games and you can do it online from the comfort of your own home. Instead of buying a ticket for the lottery you place a wager to predict the winning numbers, giving yourself the chance to win millions in the process. It’s simple to do and you don’t even need to be in Ireland to place your bets.
Coronavirus notice: Betting shops in Ireland closed their doors during the height of the coronavirus crisis, but with lockdown restrictions now easing, many shops have reopened. If you have bet on the Irish Lottery at a betting shop and you have won a prize, you will need to contact the bookmakers directly to find out how you can claim. The Irish National Lottery does not pay out prizes won on lottery bets placed at bookmakers.
Bet on the Irish Lottery Online
Online lottery betting is the most popular way to do it, and with good reason. You can put a bet on at almost any time, apart from a short period when the draws take place, meaning you don’t have to go to a store to get your entry.
You can bet on all of Ireland’s favourite lottery games, including Lotto, Lotto Plus, Daily Million and EuroMillions, and many betting providers also allow you to bet on international lotteries, including UK Lotto, US Powerball and Mega Millions – these are games you ordinarily wouldn’t be able to participate in from Ireland.
Follow the simple steps below to bet on your favourite Irish Lottery games online:
- Visit a betting website that offers bets on the Irish Lottery
- Choose the game you want to play
- Pick your numbers – you can play multiple lines at a time
- Choose whether you want to bet on a single draw or subscribe
- Register a new account or log in to an existing one
- Deposit funds and pay for your entries
Once you’ve done that you just have to wait for the draw to take place and the results to come in. One of the biggest benefits of betting online is that you get a notification when you win a prize. You’ll be prompted to log in to your online lottery account, where you’ll be able to see how much you’ve won.
Bet on the Irish Lottery at Betting Shops
Betting shops across Ireland also give you the option of placing wagers on the Irish Lottery. The fundamental rules are the same as if you play online: you pick some numbers and receive a fixed prize if you match them.
The biggest difference between betting on the lottery online and at a bookmaker is that different betting shops can and often do set their own odds. On the one hand this can open up different playing options – you can choose how many numbers to bet on, for example – but you’re not always guaranteed to receive the same prize as if you were to buy a ticket for the lottery.
Note that if you do bet through a betting shop you can only claim prizes through that same bookmaker. You won’t be able to claim directly from the Irish National Lottery.
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Lottery Betting FAQ
Take a look at the frequently asked questions about lottery betting to find out everything you need to know about this popular way of playing.
What’s the difference between betting on the lottery and buying a ticket?
When you bet on the lottery you don’t buy a ticket directly but instead place a wager to predict which numbers are going to win. You’re eligible to win all the prizes advertised by the betting provider and when you win the prize money will be added to your online lottery account automatically.
Does it cost the same as buying a ticket?
Unlike the fixed cost of buying a ticket, the cost of betting on the Irish Lottery can change depending on various factors, including which provider you place your bet with and which game you bet on. Some online lottery betting providers offer a discounted cost per entry when you subscribe to bet on draws over a number of weeks.
How do I claim prizes?
By betting online you ensure that you never miss out on a prize, as the money will be transferred to your lottery account automatically after the results have been validated. This is a huge benefit over buying a ticket for the lottery as it means you will be paid out even if you forget to check your numbers.
If you’re fortunate enough to win one of the bigger prizes, such as a jackpot, an agent of the lottery provider will contact you to arrange the payout. In this instance you may be asked to go through some validation checks to ensure the prize is being paid out to the correct person.
Where can I bet on the Irish Lottery?
Thanks to online lottery betting providers you can bet on Irish lottery games from Ireland and locations around the world. The service available may differ depending on your location, but you can find a list of available games on the Lottery Tickets page.