Telly Bingo is an Irish National Lottery draw that works like a traditional game of bingo, with a full house prize of 10,000 and the opportunity to win much more if you complete your card on or before the Snowball number is drawn. The game was launched in 1999 and ticket holders watch the game take place every Tuesday, Thursday and Friday on television channel RTÉ One.
How to Play
Players pay 2.50 per ticket and receive a five-by-five grid containing 24 randomly generated numbers, with the centre square already marked off. Balls numbered between 1 and 75 are drawn during the game and players mark off the ones that correspond to the numbers on their cards. There are six possible prizes to be won in any round of Telly Bingo and it is possible to claim multiple prizes on the same ticket.
Here are the six ways to win:
- Corners Any players who match the four corners of their grid within the first 32 numbers drawn will win a prize worth a minimum of 5, although the average award is 10.
- Lucky Line If a player marks all of the numbers on a randomly selected horizontal line, they win 5. Line 1 is the top line, Line 2 is the line below and so on.
- X Game Players who manage to mark an X through the centre of their grid from the first 36 numbers drawn win a prize of around 100. The cross shape requires that eight numbers are matched correctly.
- Full House As soon as one player matches all of the numbers on their card, the Telly Bingo game ends and no more prizes are awarded. The Full House prize is fixed at 10,000 and is shared if others complete their cards on the same number.
- Snowball The Snowball prize is like a progressive jackpot in traditional bingo. Players who complete a Full House on or before the 45th number, which is known as the Snowball, win a minimum of 10,000 on top of the 10,000 Full House award. If no players achieve a Snowball, a further 5,000 is added to the prize pool for the following game and the Snowball number increases by one. This continues until a winner is found, potentially leading to some huge payouts.
- Phone Risk Card Players can compete on the show over the phone for a further prize of between 1,000 and 10,000 if the randomly drawn six-digit Phone Risk code matches the unique combination on their Telly Bingo card. The lucky ticket holder has until 9pm the day after their code is read out to contact lottery officials.
Each Telly Bingo ticket costs 2.50 and you can enter up to six games in advance when making your purchase. Tickets are only available from Irish Lottery retailers, where you simply ask for a ticket to be printed, you do not need to fill in a playslip. It is not possible to play Telly Bingo online.