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What Are The Benefits Of Playing the Lottery Online?

Last Updated: Friday 12th April 2019, 10:46 am

The benefits of playing the lottery online have been illustrated again this week after a lucky Irish Lotto participant scooped Wednesday’s €6.4 million jackpot. As National Lottery officials wait for the big winner to come forward, consider some of the reasons why it can pay to play online.

Convenience

When you take part online, you can play at a time that suits you without having to drag yourself to a licensed retailer. It may be that the Irish weather makes it hard to get to a store or that you don’t have a spare moment to go out and buy a ticket.

Online, you can play from the comfort of your own home or from anywhere, whether you use a desktop, smartphone or tablet. The latest win was one of the biggest ever online, and they were quickly congratulated by outgoing lottery CEO Dermot Griffin.

“What a brilliant start to the summer for a lucky online player,” said Griffin, who pointed out that more and more players are now choosing their numbers online. “Between them the seven online Lotto jackpot winners have won a combined €33,694,949.”

Security

Your numbers are safely stored online, so there is no danger of them being lost or stolen. The recent winners of the record €175 million EuroMillions jackpot were so concerned about their ticket falling into the wrong hands that they put it in an Argos catalogue and hid it under a mattress. One of the women in the family said she ‘didn’t sleep a wink all night’ before they claimed the money.

Online, your numbers are linked to your account and they cannot go missing. All that’s left to do is claim your prize.

Never Miss Out On Prizes

You are automatically notified if you win a prize playing online, regardless of how big or small it is.

Prizes up to a certain amount are paid automatically, while for larger amounts you just need to get in touch to begin the claims process.

All you need to do is make sure you remember to log into your account when you have played and there is no chance of missing out on your money. You do not have to worry about keeping your ticket safe or checking your numbers.

When a syndicate of friends from Leinster won €7.1 million in February 2018, one of the members said that he had heard on the radio while he was driving that the ticket had been bought online. He said at the time: “My heart skipped a beat and I pulled over and checked the numbers against ours, and they were matching! I sat in the car for a few minutes unable to process what was happening. Eventually I just rang the other members and started spreading the word.”

Playing Online Outside of Ireland

You can enter multiple draws in advance whether you play in-store or online, and it is even possible to enjoy games online from outside of Ireland. If you are in another country, you can set up a rolling subscription so that you never miss a draw. You can sign up for one month or three months, then just sit back and wait to see if you win a multimillion-Euro prize like the latest big online winner. Best of luck!

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