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How to Play Irish Lotto

Playing Irish Lotto couldn't be easier - whether you're a resident of Ireland or if you're placing a bet from another country, it takes two minutes to get started. Follow these quick and easy steps to get your entries for the next draw.

Picking your numbers

Pick six numbers from 1-47

Whether you're playing online or in-store, you will need to select six main numbers. You can either pick these using the number grid available, or you can opt for a Quick Pick to generate the numbers for you.

Choosing your draws

Choose which draws to enter

Draws take place twice a week on Wednesdays and Saturdays. You will need to decide which draw you'd like to enter your ticket for, or whether to play in both draws.

Play Irish Lotto online

Choose the 'Plus' option

Optional: Choose the 'PLUS' option

Adding 'Plus' to your ticket costs an extra 1 per line (you must purchase a minimum of two lines).

When you add Plus, you get automatic entry to the Lotto Plus 1 and Lotto Plus 2 draws, along with the Plus Raffle. That's three extra chances to win!

If you have selected Plus, it will appear on your ticket as "Plus: Yes".

How many draws to play

Decide how far in advance to play

Before your playslip is complete, you need to decide how many draws you want your ticket for. The options include 1, 2, 4 or 8 draws.

Some online betting websites such as allow you to purchase bets for up to a year in advance, or by subscription.

Pay for your tickets

Pay for your tickets

If you're playing in-store, simply pay the retailer the required amount (minimum 4 for two lines, for one draw, without Plus). You will then receive your ticket which you should keep safe until the draw has taken place.

When you play online, your account will be charged for the amount your ticket costs. Entering online brings a number of benefits, in particular you don't have to keep hold of your tickets and you are notified of any winnings. Should you win a prize, you will be able to withdraw your winnings from your account (withdrawl periods may vary depending on the banking method used).

Frequently Asked Questions

When do Irish Lotto sales close?

Ticket sales close at 19:45 every Wednesday and Saturday evening. Draws take place shortly after, at 19:57.

How much does it cost to play?

To purchase a standard two-line entry for one draw, without the Plus option enabled, the cost is 4.

How many numbers do you need to match to win?

Prizes start from matching as few as two main numbers and the Bonus Ball, ranging up to the Jackpot tier for matching all six main numbers. View a list of Irish Lotto prizes here.

What are the most common Irish Lotto numbers?

Visit the Irish Lotto stats section to view up-to-date statistics. The figures change after each draw, so remember to check back regularly.

Where can I play Irish Lotto?

  • In-store: If you are in the Republic of Ireland, you can play Lotto at any National Lottery retailer.
  • Online (in Ireland): If you are a resident of Ireland, you can play online through the National Lottery's website.
  • Online (outside Ireland): You are able to bet on Irish Lotto from outside Ireland. Find out more on the Betting page.

You can find a full list of common questions and answers on the FAQs page.