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Betting on the Irish Lotto

Playing Irish Lotto is rather straightforward - players pay for a ticket and select six numbers from 1 to 47 and then wait for the draw to take place on Wednesday or Saturday evenings. However, it’s not the only way to take part in this classic lottery game.

Best Irish Lotto Bookmakers

Betting on the Irish Lotto and other games, like Daily Million, has become popular in recent years as bookmakers can sometimes offer better returns on a player’s stake than the actual lottery itself. There is also no requirement to select six numbers; when you bet on Irish Lotto, you can limit yourself to just one, two or three numbers. Instead of winning €5 for matching three main numbers in a draw, you could land a three-figure prize depending on what odds bookmakers offer.

Rather than paying €4 for the required minimum of two panels, you can stake whatever amount you like, provided that it meets the wagering requirements set forth by the bookmaker you are using. Keep in mind, though, that you’ll need to match all of the numbers you pick in order to receive any winnings. For example, if you select three numbers and bet that you can match them, you must match at least three numbers of the winning line to have the bet pay out.

Different bookmakers will provide various options for Irish Lotto betting. Ladbrokes and William Hill offer the 6-ball and 7-ball betting formats, while Bet365 also offers a number of different Irish Lotto betting markets, such as which ball will be drawn first, whether the first drawn ball will be odd or even, and which number will appear as the Bonus Ball. See the Irish Lotto Bonus Ball page for more information on betting on the supplementary number. You can also put forth combination bets, increasing your chances of a payout.

Take a look at the table below for an example based on a six-ball (main numbers only) bet of €1:

Select and Match Odds Paid Out Payout Based on €1 Bet
1 Number 7/1 €7 plus €1 stake
2 Numbers 54/1 €54 plus €1 stake
3 Numbers 651/1 €651 plus €1 stake
4 Numbers 7200/1 €7,200 plus €1 stake
5 Numbers 125000/1 €125,000 plus €1 stake

Some bookmakers will also offer you the chance to place bets on a seven-ball game, which includes the six main numbers and the Bonus Ball. The odds paid out in this instance are usually lower. Betting on 6 or 7-ball Irish Lotto is similar to playing Lotto 5-4-3-2-1 in Ireland. You can also bet on the Lotto Plus 1 and Lotto Plus 2 draws as well as Daily Million with most major bookmakers.

Totesport, Betfred and Paddy Power also offer players the chance to bet on Irish Lotto Plus 1 and Lotto Plus 2 and you can stake on Daily Million at Coral.

Betting on the Irish Lottery can be a fun and refreshing way to play one of Ireland's most popular lottery games. You can set your own limits on how you play and could see a better return for matching fewer numbers. However, if your goal is to win the Irish Lotto jackpot, you have to purchase an Irish Lotto tickets. Players should remember that placing a bet on the Irish Lottery through a bookmaker will not entitle them to the win the jackpot or any prizes in the supplementary Lotto Plus 1 and Lotto Plus 2 games.