The Irish National Lottery was established in 1986 as a way to help raise vital funding for good causes in the Republic. Ticket sales for scratchcards began in 1987 and were soon followed by the classic game, Irish Lotto, in March 1988. In 2014, the Irish government sold the lottery to Premier Lotteries Ireland, a private company whose investors include the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan, who own the Camelot Group responsible for running the UK National Lottery.
Irish Lotto is a well-loved draw game held on Wednesday and Saturday nights. The largest prize won so far on the Irish Lotto was in 2008 when €18.9 million was shared between sixteen colleagues at a County Carlow quarry and concrete plant. Other great games offered by the Irish National Lottery include Lotto Plus 1, Lotto Plus 2, Lotto Plus Raffle, Daily Million, EuroMillions and the supplementary EuroMillions Plus game. Players must be at least 18 years old. Irish Lotto prizes must be claimed within 90 days of the draw for which the ticket was purchased.
The latest Irish Lotto results are released here as soon as the draw has taken place every Wednesday and Saturday.
Find out more about picking Irish Lotto numbers for the Wednesday and Saturday draws.
Irish Lotto is well-loved around the world thanks to its favourable odds of winning a prize, as players can start picking up awards for matching as few as two main numbers plus the Bonus Ball! Learn more about the odds of winning on Irish Lotto here.
Irish Lotto's first draw took place in March 1988; read about how it has changed over time.
More than €4.5 billion has been raised for good causes across Ireland thanks to Irish Lotto. Learn more about these initiatives here.