Irish Lotto Prizes
Irish Lotto jackpots start at 2 million and grow quickly thanks to rollovers, regularly passing the 5 million mark. Players are required to match six numbers from a choice of 47 in order to claim the top prize, meaning the game has very favourable odds of winning the jackpot when compared with other major lotteries.
The prize for matching two main numbers and the Bonus Ball is fixed at a 3 scratchcard, with all other awards dependent on the value of the prize pool and the amount of other winners in the same prize tier.
Irish Lotto Prize Tiers and Odds of Winning
Here are the Irish Lotto prize tiers, a guide to the values of the awards and the odds of winning.
|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 Scratchcard|
The overall odds of winning a prize on Irish Lotto 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 Irish Lotto game.
Playing Lotto Plus 1, Lotto Plus 2 and Lotto Plus Raffle in addition to Irish Lotto shortens your odds of winning prizes and you can find out more at the pages dedicated to these supplementary games.
Visit the Claiming Prizes page to find out how to receive your winnings, whether you play online or at an authoirsed retailer.
Irish Lotto Jackpot Cap
Irish 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.
If the jackpot is won at an amount higher than 18.96 million, that amount will become the games new current jackpot cap.
Record Irish Lotto Jackpot
The largest 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.
Irish Lotto Betting Prizes
Many players choose to bet on the outcome of Irish Lotto, which means the prizes received are dependent on the stake placed and the odds offered by the bookmaker. See the Betting page for an illustration of the winnings you could receive by wagering on Irish Lotto.