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Coronavirus: How to play Irish Lottery games online

As the Coronavirus outbreak spreads across the world and social distancing measures are implemented, many users have got in touch to ask if it's still possible to play Irish Lotto during isolation.

The simple answer is yes, the Irish Lottery has announced that all games are due to continue as normal amid the Coronavirus outbreak. Staff at National Lottery headquarters in Dublin are working from home where possible for their own safety, and measures have been put in place to ensure that draws can continue as normal. The claims period has also been extended to ensure you won’t miss out on any prizes.

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Can I still play or bet on the Irish Lotto online?

One of the many questions being asked by users from outside Ireland (where betting on the Irish Lotto is popular) is whether or not it's still possible to bet on the draw. In countries such as the UK, all bookmakers have been closed, along with other retail stores, with the aim of reducing the spread of the virus.

The good news is that it's still possible to place your bets online. Doing so takes just a couple of minutes, plus you get the added benefit that your entries are stored safely in your account and cannot be lost, stolen or damaged. What's more, if you win a prize, you will receive it automatically in your online account.

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Extension to Claims Period

The Irish National Lottery has extended the period of time that winners can claim prizes. Winners are usually allowed 90 days to claim prizes, but they will now be given an extra three months. The updated rules apply to all draw games and to players who have bought their tickets online or in-store.

The extension includes winners from 9th January all the way through to 5th July. The rules have been modified so that players do not feel the need to leave the house to claim prizes.

Can I Play In Advance As Normal?

Yes, you can enter all games in advance as normal. Temporary changes had been made to EuroMillions, reducing the amount of draws you could enter at a time. This was due to the ever changing and unpredictable circumstances that COVID-19 has brought about, leading to tickets only being sold for single draws at a time after 14th April.

However, since 5th May, the rules on advance play have reverted to normal so that you can now enter up to eight consecutive EuroMillions draws. All other games have been unaffected.

Will Daily Million continue?

Yes, as is the case with the Lotto game in Ireland, Daily Million draws are expected to continue as normal at 2pm and 9pm daily. If this situation changes at any point, this page will be updated accordingly.

The safest way to continue to play any lottery game in light of the coronavirus is online. Doing so reduces the need to visit retailer stores and spend time in close contact with others in queues.

€16 Million Boost To Good Causes

The main focus of the National Lottery has always been to raise money for good causes, so it has been decided that an extra €16 million will be released to help Ireland’s health sector in their fight against coronavirus.

The funding will come from historic unclaimed prizes. When prizes expire they are normally kept by the National Lottery so that the money can be used to promote games and raise more money for good causes in the long term, but a quick injection of cash is needed during the current crisis so it will go straight to the Irish Exchequer.