Biggest Irish Lotto Jackpot Ever Goes to Castlebar Winner
The largest Irish Lotto jackpot of all time has gone to a single ticket holder from Castlebar in Co Mayo. The top prize stood at €19 million for Saturday’s Will Be Won draw, when it was guaranteed that the long run of rollovers would finally come to an end.
It was announced last week that regulators had changed the rules to pave the way for a Must Be Won style draw, following a seven-month sequence without a jackpot winner.
The jackpot would have flowed down to players in the category below if nobody had matched all the numbers, but one lucky player’s Quick Pick corresponded exactly with the winning line - 2, 9, 16, 30, 37 and 40.
There were 149 participants who matched five numbers plus the Bonus, 23, to pocket €36,687 each. Check out the Irish Lotto Results page to see all the details from a momentous draw.
The name of the store which sold the winning ticket will be confirmed in the coming days, but it has been confirmed that it was somewhere in Castlebar.
The win cements Castlebar’s reputation as the luckiest town in Ireland, having already been the scene of several big payouts. A player from Castlebar landed a EuroMillions jackpot of €17 million in February 2020, following on from previous wins of €28 million and €15 million since 2014.
Nobody in Ireland has ever won a Lotto prize of this magnitude before. The previous record had stood since June 2008, when a 16-strong syndicate from Co Carlow won €18.96 million.
Following this win, the jackpot cap will now be set at €19.06 million. As soon as it surpasses this value, the top prize will not be able to climb any higher until it is won or five draws have passed. In the fifth and final draw at the jackpot cap, it will have to be paid out.
Written by Lewis Rutledge, 17th January 2022