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Irish Lotto FAQs

Find answers to the most frequently asked questions regarding the Irish Lotto game below. If you require further assistance, please don't hesitate to contact us.

On which days do draws take place?

Irish Lotto draws take place every Wednesday and Saturday evening at around 7:55pm.

When do ticket sales close?

Tickets are available for purchase in retailers and online until 7:45pm on the night of a draw, with sales opening again after 7:55pm.

How do I play Irish Lotto?

To play Irish Lotto, you must select six numbers from a pool of 1-47 and decide whether to play in the Wednesday draw, Saturday draw or both. You will also be asked if you want to add 'PLUS' to your ticket for an additional €1 per line. Learn how to play Irish Lotto.

Where can I watch the Lotto draw?

Lotto draws are broadcast live on RTE 1. The draw takes place at approximately 7:55pm but you should check your TV listings to find the exact time that the program is scheduled to start. If you miss the live televised draw you can catch up online through RTE Player and the Irish Lottery’s YouTube channel. You can also visit the Irish Lotto results page, where winning numbers are updated within seconds of a draw taking place.

Is there a jackpot cap?

The Irish Lotto jackpot cap is currently €18.96 million. If the jackpot is still not won after reaching this amount, any extra funds that would usually increase the jackpot prize are rolled down to the next prize tier.

What are the odds of winning?

The odds of winning the jackpot are 1 in 10,737,573. The overall odds of winning an Irish Lotto prize are 1 in 29. Take a look at the Prizes page to see the odds of winning for all prize tiers.

How long do I have to claim an Irish Lotto prize?

Unclaimed Irish Lotto prizes expire 90 days after the date of the winning draw. All expired prize money is allocated to a reserve fund for use in future draws.

What are Lotto Plus 1 and Plus 2?

Lotto Plus 1 and Plus 2 are supplementary games played alongside the main Irish Lotto draws. For an extra €1 per line, your Lotto numbers are also entered into the Lotto Plus draws, where you have extra chances to win. Visit the Lotto Plus 1 and Lotto Plus 2 pages to learn more about these games.

Can I play Irish Lotto outside of Ireland?

Paper tickets can only be bought in licensed retailers in Ireland but you can participate from outside the country by choosing your numbers online.

How old do I have to be to play?

You must be at least 18 years of age to play any lottery game in Ireland, including Irish Lotto.

How much does it cost to play Irish Lotto?

If you buy a ticket in store or play online through the National Lottery website or app, entry costs €2 per line, with the option to pay an extra €1 to play Lotto Plus. You must purchase a minimum of two lines.

Do I have to pay tax on winnings?

You do not have to pay any tax on lottery winnings in Ireland, though you may be liable to pay tax on any income that the prize money generates, such as from the interest accrued on it. If you participate outside of Ireland, you may be subject to tax withholdings according to the laws in your home country.

How do I find out if I’ve won?

Find out if you have won a prize by entering your numbers into the automatic results checker. Alternatively, go to the Irish Lotto Results page to see the winning numbers from recent draws.

What is the biggest Lotto jackpot ever won?

The biggest ever Irish Lotto jackpot was worth €18.9 million, which was won by a syndicate of workers from Co Carlow on 28th June 2008. Find out more information about the biggest Irish Lotto winners.