Irish Lotto Prizes
Lotto jackpots start at 2 million and can grow quickly when it rolls over, regularly passing the 5 million mark.
You are required to match six numbers from a total of 47 in order to claim the jackpot prize, meaning the game has very favourable odds of winning the top prize when compared to other major lotteries.
The prize for matching two main numbers and the Bonus Ball is fixed at a 3 entry into Daily Million, giving you two free Quick Picks with the Plus game. All the other prizes are dependent on the value of the prize pool and the amount of other winners in the same prize tier.
Prize Tiers and Odds of Winning
You can view all eight prize tiers, the odds of winning at each level and a guide to the prizes available in the table below:
|Prize Category||Odds||Prize Value|
|Match 6||1 in 10,737,573||Jackpot (minimum of 2 million)|
|Match 5 + Bonus Ball||1 in 1,789,596||Estimated 100,000|
|Match 5||1 in 44,740||Varies (3.22% of Prize Fund)|
|Match 4 + Bonus Ball||1 in 17,896||Varies (0.81% of Prize Fund)|
|Match 4||1 in 918||Varies (5.24% of Prize Fund)|
|Match 3 + Bonus Ball||1 in 688||Varies (3.49% of Prize Fund)|
|Match 3||1 in 54||Estimated 9|
|Match 2 + Bonus Ball||1 in 72||3 Daily Million Quick Pick (with Daily Million Plus)|
|The overall odds of winning a prize are 1 in 29.|
The remaining 15.8% of the Prize Fund is then allocated to a reserve Prize Fund that can be used for any prize tier in a given game.
Playing Plus 1, Plus 2 and the Plus Raffle in addition to Lotto shortens your odds of winning prizes, and you can find out more at the pages linked above.
Visit the prize claims page to find out how and where to claim your winnings, whether you play online or at an authorised retailer.
Lotto has a current jackpot cap of 18.96 million and, once a rollover has taken the top prize up to or over that amount, no more will be added to the jackpot until it is won. If there is no Match 6 winner in a draw after the cap has been hit, the amount from ticket sales that would have been added to the jackpot for the following draw is instead used to boost the prize pool for the next winning tier (likely Match 5 + Bonus Ball).
If the jackpot is won at an amount higher than 18.96 million, that amount will become the games new current jackpot cap.
Biggest Jackpot to Date
The biggest Irish Lotto jackpot in the history of the game was paid to a syndicate of 16 quarry workers in Bennekerry, Co Carlow. The group, who all worked in the garage at Dan Morrissey Ltd, claimed 18.9 million in the draw on 28th June 2008, which worked out at around 1.2 million each!