Irish Lotto

The Irish Lottery, better known as Irish Lotto, is played on Wednesday and Saturday evenings at 20.00 GMT. Players are required to pick six numbers from 1 – 47, and must match the six main numbers drawn in order to win the jackpot. Prizes are also awarded for matching as few as two main numbers and the Bonus Ball, with cash amounts increasing as players match more of the numbers drawn.

The minimum jackpot value is €2 million and there is a provisional cap of €18.96 million, though this can increase in the future if the top prize goes above that amount. The largest Irish Lotto jackpot ever won was worth €18.96 million and was shared by a syndicate of 16 workers from Carlow.

Here are the prize tiers and odds of winning for the Irish Lottery:

Match Prize Odds of Winning Estimated Prize Fund
6 Numbers Jackpot 1 in 10,737,573 46.16%
5 Numbers + Bonus Ball Estimated €100,000 1 in 1,789,596 5.37%
5 Numbers Varies 1 in 44,740 3.22%
4 Numbers + Bonus Ball Varies 1 in 17,896 0.81%
4 Numbers Varies 1 in 918 5.24%
3 Numbers + Bonus Ball Varies 1 in 688 3.49%
3 Numbers Estimated €9 1 in 54 15.93%
2 Numbers + Bonus Ball €3 Scratchcard 1 in 72 3.98%

The overall odds of winning an Irish Lotto prize are 1 in 29.