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Telly Bingo FAQs

Find out all you need to know about the Irish Lottery’s Telly Bingo through the frequently asked questions below.

How do I play Telly Bingo?

Telly Bingo works just like traditional bingo, except the winning numbers are drawn on TV.

Each ticket you purchase contains a 5x5 grid, populated with 24 randomly generated numbers between 1 and 75. To win, you have to match the numbers on your grid with those announced during the Telly Bingo broadcast. You’ll win different prizes for completing certain patterns on your grid.

What prizes can I win?

There are six kinds of prizes that can be won in Telly Bingo. If you match the numbers in the four corners of your grid you win at least €5, and if you manage to match all the numbers on your card, you’ve hit a Fullhouse, which wins you €10,000. It is even possible to win multiple prizes on the same ticket. For more information on the ways you can win, visit the Telly Bingo page.

Why is there one number missing on my ticket?

The central square on every grid of Telly Bingo numbers contains ** instead of a number. This square acts as a ‘free number’, meaning you can already consider it marked. If you match the other 24 numbers, you’ve completed a Fullhouse.

What days can I play Telly Bingo on?

You can play Telly Bingo every Tuesday, Thursday and Friday at around 12:45pm. The TV game show is broadcast on RTE 1 and is also available to watch on RTE Player for a limited time afterwards.

How much does it cost to play?

Telly Bingo tickets cost €2.50 each, and can be purchased from any licensed retailer in Ireland. You can purchase tickets for up to six games in advance.

When do ticket sales close?

You can buy Telly Bingo tickets until 11:00am on the day of each draw. Sales open for the next draw at 11:15am.

Can I play Telly Bingo online?

You cannot play Telly Bingo online. Tickets can only be purchased from retailers.

What is the Snowball prize?

The Snowball is a progressive prize that starts at €10,000, and you win it if you match a Fullhouse on or before the 45th number drawn (the Snowball number). The Snowball prize is paid on top of the €10,000 you would usually get for a Fullhouse.

If no one wins the Snowball prize, it increases by €5,000 and the Snowball number increases by one, meaning that the prize gets bigger and easier to win the longer it goes on.

What is the Lucky Line prize?

During a Telly Bingo broadcast, a random number between 1 and 5 is picked. This number corresponds to a horizontal line on your ticket, where 1 is the top line and 5 is the bottom one. If you matched all the numbers in that horizontal line during the Telly Bingo draw, you win a €5 prize.

What is the Phone Risk game?

Each Telly Bingo ticket is printed with a unique six-digit Phone Risk code. At one point during the Telly Bingo broadcast, one of the Phone Risk codes will be randomly selected. If the code on your ticket matches the one drawn, you have until 9pm the next evening to call Telly Bingo and confirm your win.

You will then take part in the Phone Risk game during the next Telly Bingo broadcast to win a guaranteed prize of between €1,000 and €10,000.

Where can I check the Telly Bingo results?

You can find out which Telly Bingo numbers were drawn on the Results page. There you can find out which numbers won certain prizes, what the Lucky Line was and the Phone Risk number drawn.

How do I claim Telly Bingo prizes?

Telly Bingo prizes between €1 and €100 can be claimed from any authorised retailer, as well as prize claim centres or lottery headquarters. Prizes between €100 and €2,500 can be claimed from claim centres, lottery headquarters, and certain retailers. Prizes between €2,501 and €14,999 can be collected from claim centres and lottery headquarters, while prizes above €15,000 must be collected from the lottery’s headquarters.

Some retailers are able to pay out Fullhouse prizes; ask your local retailer before attempting to claim. You can also claim all Telly Bingo prizes by mail, at your own risk; simply sign the back of your ticket and provide your address. Phone Risk prizes are automatically sent via mail.