The Irish Lottery offers big jackpots, great odds of winning and eight different prize tiers in every draw. It takes place twice a week and it is simple to play online. Learn more about how to take part and how the game works, including what prizes are on offer.
Playing the Irish Lottery is an easy alternative to buying a ticket when you are located outside of Ireland, allowing you to enjoy a game that would normally be unavailable to you. Here’s how to place a wager on the results of the Irish Lottery:
To win the Irish Lottery jackpot, all six of the numbers you pick must be the same as the six main winning numbers in the draw. A Bonus Ball is also drawn from the remaining 41 numbers left in the machine, helping to provide seven other ways to win apart from the jackpot. The following table shows all the different prize tiers:
|Match||Percentage of Prize Fund||Odds|
|6||46.16||1 in 10,737,573|
|5 + Bonus Ball||5.37%||1 in 1,789,596|
|5||3.22%||1 in 44,740|
|4 + Bonus Ball||0.81%||1 in 17,896|
|4||5.24%||1 in 918|
|3 + Bonus Ball||3.49%||1 in 688|
|3||15.93%||1 in 54|
|2 + Bonus Ball||3.98%||1 in 72|
The overall odds of winning a prize are 1 in 29
The remainder of the prize fund (15.8%) is kept in reserve and used to pay for the minimum jackpot of €2 million. As the prize structure is pari-mutuel, the value of awards in each tier varies from draw to draw depending on the number of tickets sold and the number of winners.
Find the answers to some of the most common questions about Irish Lottery to learn more about the game.
Is there a jackpot cap or rollover limit?
There is no rollover limit in Irish Lottery but there is a jackpot cap, which currently stands at $20.6 million. Once enough money has been added to the jackpot to meet or exceed this cap, no more money will be added to it in subsequent draws until it has been won. In the meantime, the funds that would have gone to the jackpot will instead be allocated to the next highest prize tier with winners. Once the jackpot has been won, the cap increases to the amount it reached.
The jackpot can only stay at its cap for five draws at the most. In the fifth draw at the cap, a Will Be Won draw takes place. If no tickets match all six numbers, the jackpot is awarded to players in the next category down where there are winners.
What is the biggest jackpot ever won?
The record for the largest jackpot ever won is $20.6 million. A ticket holder from Co Mayo won this record prize on 15th January, 2022.
Is the Irish Lottery only available in Ireland?
No- you can play the Irish Lottery from all over the world online at Lotteryworld.com. You can only buy physical tickets at retailers in Ireland, but entries online can still win the same prizes without having to visit Ireland.
What happens if you win a prize?
If you win a prize, you will be sent an email to let you know. The prize will be paid straight into your online lottery account in the majority of cases, while you will also be guided through what to do if you win the jackpot. Go to the Irish Lottery Results page to see the latest winning numbers.
How much do you get for 3 numbers on the Irish Lottery?
The prize amount for matching 3 numbers on the Irish Lottery changes from draw to draw but is estimated at around €9. Prizes are pari-mutuel, meaning they will vary slightly from draw to draw depending on ticket sales and the number of winners.
What are the odds of winning the Irish Lottery?
The odds of winning the jackpot are 1 in 10,737,573. The odds of winning a prize in any tier is 1 in 29.