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The Irish Lotto is one of Irelands main lottery games and is drawn on Wednesday and Saturday. The game takes the format of a six from 45 matrix and, in order to win the jackpot, which starts at 2 million, players are required to match all six main numbers. There are an additional three prize tiers for players who match three, four or five main numbers.
The Irish Lotto also offers players the chance to enter the optional side-games, Irish Lotto Plus 1 and Irish Lotto Plus 2.
This Irish Lotto data includes all draws up to and including Wednesday 25th February 2015. Chronology is used to distinguish ties.
Prize Draw Information:
The last jackpot drawn on Wednesday February 25th, 2015 for Irish Lotto was €4,324,879
The next estimated Irish Lotto jackpot is
Irish Lotto Numbers (Last 10 Draws):
Irish Lotto Odds & Prize Draw Breakdown
Players must pick 6 balls from a pool of 45. (Bonus Balls are drawn from the same pool)
|Numbers Matched||Odds (Rounded)|
|6 Main Numbers (Jackpot)||1 in 8,145,060|
|5 Main Numbers + Bonus Ball||1 in 1,357,510|
|5 Main Numbers||1 in 35,724|
|4 Main Numbers + Bonus Ball||1 in 14,290|
|4 Main Numbers||1 in 772|
|3 Main Numbers + Bonus Ball||1 in 579|
|3 Main Numbers||1 in 48|
Approx. Overall Odds: 1 in 42
Irish Lotto Draw Details:
Irish Lotto History
The Irish Lotto was launched in April 1988 with a weekly draw on a Saturday; its original format was a six from 36 matrix with a minimum jackpot of £250,000. The lottery continued to be drawn weekly until May 1990 when the Wednesday draw was introduced.
In August 1992 the matrix was changed to six from 39, a Bonus ball was introduced, and the starting jackpot increased to £500,000. The introduction of the Bonus ball meant that players could win a prize for matching three, four or five numbers plus the Bonus ball.
The Irish Lotto matrix was changed again in September 1994 when the ball pool increased to 42. In addition, computer-generated Quick Picks were introduced as an alternative to the usual method whereby players select their own numbers.
In September 1998 the cost of a line increased to £0.75, and the starting jackpot doubled to £1 million.
With the introduction of the euro currency in January 2002, the price of a ticket became 0.95 per line, and the starting jackpot became 1.2 million. The ticket price changed again in September 2002 to 1 per line when the jackpot was increased slightly to 1.35 million.
The most-recent Irish Lotto changes took place in November 2006 when the matrix was changed to six from 45 and the prize structure was altered. The starting jackpot increased to a guaranteed 2 million, the Match 5 plus Bonus ball prize increased from 12,000 to 25,000, and a prize for matching three numbers was introduced. At the same time the price of a ticket increased from 1 to 1.50 per line.
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