Irish Lotto Plus 1
Irish Lotto Plus 1 is one of two supplementary games played alongside Lotto on Wednesday and Saturday evenings. The game offers a jackpot of 500,000 as well as several other cash prizes by conducting a separate draw in which a completely different set of six main numbers and a Bonus Ball are selected from a pool of 1 to 47. All Lotto Plus prizes are fixed and the the top prize does not roll over to the next draw if no ticket holder wins in that tier.
How to Play Lotto Plus 1
Players don't have to select additional numbers to play Lotto Plus 1 the numbers they enter into the main Lotto draw are reused for both Lotto Plus 1 and Lotto Plus 2. Since a new draw is held for the game, it is entirely possible for a player to win a prize on Lotto Plus 1 after failing to win a main Lotto prize. They may even win prizes on both games if some of the same numbers are selected in the draws held.
Lotto Plus 1 Prizes
|6 Main Numbers||€500,000|
|5 Main Numbers + Bonus Ball||€5,000|
|5 Main Numbers||€500|
|4 Main Numbers + Bonus Ball||€50|
|4 Main Numbers||€20|
|3 Main Numbers + Bonus Ball||€10|
|3 Main Numbers||€3 Scratchcard|
*Prize values may be readjusted in exceptional circumstances when the total prize payout for Lotto Plus 1 would exceed 2.1 million.
Lotto Plus 1 Tickets
Lotto Plus 1 is only available as a side game to the main Lotto draw and tickets cannot be purchased separately. When choosing to include the Lotto Plus 1 on their tickets for an extra 1, players will also receive an entry into the Lotto Plus 2 draw, which offers its own set of fixed prizes.
Lotto Plus 1 History
Lotto Plus 1 was introduced in 2000 at an additional cost of IR£0.25 per line and originally offered a fixed jackpot of IR£250,000. When Ireland adopted the Euro in 2002, all prizes were paid in the new currency and the Lotto Plus 1 jackpot was set at 300,000. At the same time, Lotto Plus 2 was introduced and the cost of playing both games increased to 0.50. In November 2006 the jackpot for Lotto Plus 1 was increased to 350,000, and in September 2015 the value of the top prize increased to 500,000.