The Irish National Lottery’s ‘Lotto’ is a number draw game in which players must select 6 numbers from a pool of 1 to 47 numbers. For each drawing 6 numbers are randomly selected and a single additional bonus number. There is a minimum jackpot prize of €2 million. When this is not won, it is increased for the following draw. There are two draws per week, on each Wednesday and Saturday, at approximately 8pm Dublin time.
|Match 6||Jackpot (minimum guaranteed €2 million)|
|Match 5 + Bonus||€100,000|
|Match 4 + Bonus||€150|
|Match 3 + Bonus||€25|
*All prizes in the above table are quoted in EUR. Prize value may vary significantly depending on the number of winners and the amount accumulated in prize pool for any given draw.
|Matched Numbers||Odds of Winning|
|6 main numbers||1 in 10,737,573|
|5 main numbers + Bonus Ball||1 in 1,789,596|
|5 main numbers||1 in 44,740|
|4 main numbers + Bonus Ball||1 in 17,896|
|4 main numbers||1 in 918|
|3 main numbers + Bonus Ball||1 in 688|
|3 main numbers||1 in 54|
*Note the above odds were not obtained from the official Lottery Operator’s website. Divisions 1 to 7 apply to Lotto only. Divisions 1 to 6 apply to Lotto Plus 1 and Lotto Plus 2.
If there are no jackpot winners in a given draw, then in the next draw it will be added to the jackpot prize pool. This is subject to the following rules:
- For the Lotto 6/47 game, a jackpot prize cap will be set. It will be set at the amount of €18.96 million, and will be called the ‘current jackpot prize cap’. If the jackpot prize is not won for any given draw, and if the draw’s jackpot amount is less than or equal to the amount of the ‘current jackpot prize cap’, then the lotto jackpot prize pool for the following draw will be increased by 46.16% of the total prize fund available for the following draw
- If the jackpot amount exceeds the current jackpot prize cap for a given draw, and it is not won, then the lotto jackpot prize pool will not be increased in any subsequent draws. Instead, in the next draw, 46.16% of the prize fund will be added to the next lower prize divisions that has at least one winner in a draw. This will continue until that lotto jackpot has been won.
- If a jackpot prize exceeding the current jackpot prize cap is won, then the won amount will become the new current jackpot prize cap for all subsequent lotto draws.
In each draw, only one prize can be won per game
Each single game on a winning ticket can only win one prize category. The highest prize won only will be paid out per winning game.
Lottery winnings are not currently taxed in Ireland.
Some promotional prizes that may be offered by the Lottery Operator to ticket holders within the Lottery Operator's country are excluded from the prizes that can be won by The Lottery Office Players. The Divisional prizes listed above are the valid prizes offered by The Lottery Office.
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