Irish Lotto History
With its great value supplementary games to the time a syndicate tried to buy up every possible combination of numbers, Irish Lotto has had a fascinating history. Have a look at the timeline to find out more.
Previous Changes to Irish Lotto
Irish Lotto was drawn for the first time, with players trying to match six numbers from a choice of 36.
A Wednesday night draw was introduced.
A Dublin syndicate, led by Stefan Klincewicz, attempted to buy up all possible Irish Lotto combinations in order to guarantee a jackpot win. Although they shared the jackpot with two other ticket holders, prizes won in the other tiers meant they made a profit of just over IR£300,000 before expenses.
- The first draw with an increased ball pool of 39 was held.
- The Bonus Ball was introduced, creating three more prize tiers.
- The ball pool was increased to 42.
- Quick Picks were first used, allowing the lottery terminal to choose a random selection of numbers.
- The ticket price rose from IR£0.50 to IR£0.75.
- The games starting jackpot was increased to IR£1 million, with other prize tiers also increasing in value.
Lotto Plus was introduced, giving players' numbers from the main game a second chance to win a prize. Entry cost an additional IR£0.25 for each line, with a fixed jackpot of IR£250,000 available.
The Euro was introduced, meaning that the price of a single ticket was 0.95 and the base jackpot was set at 1.269 million.
- The price of a single line on Irish Lotto rose slightly to 1 and the starting jackpot became 1.35 million.
- Another Lotto Plus draw was added, with both games rebranded as Lotto Plus 1 and Lotto Plus 2. The jackpots were set at 300,000 for Lotto Plus 1 and 200,000 for Lotto Plus 2.
- Entry into the Lotto Plus games was set at 0.50.
- The ball pool expanded to 45.
- The jackpot was guaranteed to be a minimum of 2 million.
- The Match 5+1 prize rose from 12,000 to 25,000.
- A Match 3 prize of 5 was introduced.
- The ticket price was increased to 1.50 per line, with a minimum purchase of 3.
- Lotto Plus 1's jackpot became 350,000 and the top prize for Lotto Plus 2 was boosted to 250,000.
A group of 16 workers at a quarry in Co Carlow won 18.9 million, the biggest ever Irish Lotto jackpot.
The Wednesday night Irish Lotto draw was postponed due to a technical fault that prevented players from buying tickets. The draw was eventually held the next night.
- The ball pool expanded from 45 to 47.
- The price of Irish Lotto tickets increased to 2 per line for a minimum purchase of 4.
- The Match 5+1 prize changed from a fixed 25,000 to an estimated 100,000 in each draw.
- A new prize tier was introduced for matching two main numbers and the Bonus Ball.
- The top prize on Lotto Plus 1 increased from 350,000 to 500,000.
- The Lotto Plus Raffle, with a prize of 300, was introduced.