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How To Play Irish Lotto

Irish Lotto is played every Wednesday and Saturday evening at around 8pm. Players must pick six numbers between 1 and 47 for each line they wish to enter into the draw. A single line costs €2, but the minimum play is two lines so tickets cost at least €4.

Tickets for Irish Lotto can be purchased from authorised retailers across the Republic of Ireland or online. However you choose to play, the main steps you need to follow are the same:

As well as buying one-off tickets or online entries, you can also subscribe to the Irish Lotto in monthly installments. That means you'll receive automatic entry into all Wednesday and Saturday draws, you can keeping the subscription going for as long as you like to ensure you never miss out on an Irish Lotto win.

How to Win

As well as the jackpot, there are seven other prize tiers on offer in the Irish Lotto. The lowest prize is awarded for matching just two main numbers plus the Bonus Ball. Get the full details of how many numbers you need to match to earn a payout in the table below:

Numbers Matched Prize
Match 6 Jackpot - minimum €2 million
Match 5 + Bonus Ball Approximately €100,000
Match 5 Varies (3.22% of Prize Fund)
Match 4 + Bonus Ball Varies (0.81% of Prize Fund)
Match 4 Varies (5.24% of Prize Fund)
Match 3 + Bonus Ball Varies (3.49% of Prize Fund)
Match 3 Approximately €9
Match 2 + Bonus Ball €3*

*Online players will receive their Match 2 + Bonus prize in cash. Individuals who bought tickets from retailers will be able to claim a free scratchcard worth €3.