Irish Lottery News

When it comes to throwing a party it’s hard to beat the Irish. As for reasons to celebrate – what could top winning a huge amount of money playing the lottery?

The Irish Lotto creates new millionaires and big prize winners every week. Plus there's never a shortage of entertaining stories about the colourful characters whose lives were changed by winning big.

Below you'll find plenty such winners' stories along with other relevant Irish lottery news, information, stories and advice. 

Looking for the latest winning numbers? Check out our Irish Lotto Results page.

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Can I Stay Anonymous if I Win the Irish Lotto?

To be frank, the answer is yes! You can absolutely stay anonymous after you win. In this article, we will talk about a few Irish lotto winners who did just that: laid low and enjoyed their winnings quietly.

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How to Stay Safe Online

For most of us, it’s hard to remember a time when the web wasn’t so woven into everything we do. It’s so common that we’ve come to take the internet for granted. Unfortunately, threats and those who design them take advantage of this. Fortunately, you can protect yourself with some basic awareness of what to look out for.

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Lost Lottery Ticket Stories

Yikes! Can you think of anything worse than losing a winning lottery ticket? What would you do if you won? Would you keep it in a lockbox? Would you keep it in a book until you had the chance to take it for redemption?

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What happened to the biggest Irish Lottery Winners?

Since its inception in 1998 the Irish Lotto has been giving away prizes. Initially there was a weekly lotto draw on Saturdays and as the draw increased in popularity it was extended to a twice weekly draw, with the addition of the midweek lottery.

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How to Manage Your Lottery Winnings

Winning a lottery jackpot is a dream come true for most of us, but for some, that dream has turned into a nightmare. There are plenty of horror stories out there about squandered millions and fractured relationships following on from a big lottery windfall. With that in mind, we will investigate the best way to manage your lottery winnings and avoid those pitfalls.

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Lucky Irish Lotto Winners on Friday the 13th

Who said that Friday 13th was a day of bad luck? A lucky Co Limerick family picked up a €1m windfall with a ticket bought on that very date back in 2014.

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Whatever Happened to Dolores McNamara?

14 years ago, Dolores McNamara made all of us happy and a wee bit green with envy when she won the EuroMillions prize of €115 million. It was 2005, and this was the biggest lottery prize in all of Ireland.

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If you won the lottery would you quit your job?

For many of us, telling our boss that we won’t be coming in on Monday, or ever, would play an important part in the enjoyment of winning the lottery. However, not everybody wants to call it a day just because they have a couple million euro gathering interest in their bank account. 

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Irish Lottery Syndicate - The Advantages

When you hear the word “syndicate” you might think of an old gangster film or perhaps your mind turns to thoughts of some kind of organised crime ring. Well, in the fun world of the lottery, a syndicate is a very GOOD thing. A lottery syndicate is a group of players that band together to improve their odds of winning.

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A survey by online lottery website Lottoland has found that a whopping 20% of players would actively break up with their long-term partner, should they bank a major prize on a lotto draw.

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Another Irish Lotto Winner to Celebrate

Have you ever thought: what would I do if I won £5 million? Well, that was something one lucky UK punter had the good fortune to have to contemplate when he discovered he had just won £5 million on the Irish lotto having spent just £3 through the Lottoland website.

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How much is it to Play the Irish Lottery?

The Irish Lotto is an exciting way to play for major jackpots without breaking the bank. For a small per line bet cost you stand a chance of winning multi-million-pound jackpots on this great value lottery.

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The Man Who Tried to Buy the Irish Lottery

There have been many tales of shocking coups throughout history. However, the 1992 tale of Stefan Klincewicz and his Irish pub-grown syndicate’s ploy to literally buy out the Saturday night jackpot of £2.2 million (in old Irish pounds) in the Irish lottery is definitely one for the books. So, let’s see how they did it.

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How Much Can I Win from the Irish Lottery?

The Irish Lottery, or Irish Lotto, is one of Europe’s biggest and most popular lottery games. Even before EuroMillions was a thing, it was popular amongst Brits and other Europeans and despite so much choice, it remains popular. The main reason is the excellent prize structure and high chance of winning any prize.

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The Biggest Unclaimed Irish Lotto Prizes

We would all like to experience the joy of winning a big prize on a lottery. Every year, millions of euros, pounds and dollars go unclaimed. Smaller prizes are perhaps understandable. But it isn’t just the small prizes. Sometimes, the large prizes go unclaimed too. On the Irish Lotto, there have been an eye-watering number of prizes expiring unclaimed. Around 10 of them were valued at €1m or over. Irish Lotto winners have just 90 days to claim a winning prize.

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Irish Valentine’s Day Traditions

Not only is Valentine’s Day celebrated in Ireland, but this country has some very special connections to this famous day. You may not think of the Irish as a particularly romantic bunch, in which case you may be surprised to discover just how deep-rooted this day for lovers is in the Irish psyche and culture. While Irish people may not have the same reputation for romantic gestures as their Latin cousins in Italy, there are still some uniquely Irish connections to this romantic occasion.

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Is the Irish Lotto Tax Free?

One of the most commonly asked questions about the Irish lottery is whether or not it is necessary to pay taxes on any money that you win from it. The good news is that lottery jackpot wins are not subject to tax in the UK or Ireland. Any money that you win from the Irish Lotto is completely tax-free. However, there are other taxes which could impact on lottery winners.

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Top 10 Best Irish Films of All Time

Ireland may not compare to Hollywood in terms of its filmic output, but there are still plenty of great Irish films out there. We have narrowed our list down to ten of the best movies featuring Irish actors, themes and locations. As winter draws in and the days get shorter, make sure to check out at least one of these marvellous movies.

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Lucky and Unlucky Irish Superstitions

People talk about the ‘luck of the Irish’ and while that concept is dubious, it’s certainly true that the history of the Irish people is one where myths and superstitions played a big role. There is a list of Irish superstitions as long as your arm, so we have picked out 10 which promise good luck and ten which are premonitions of bad luck, if the legends are to be believed.

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Hurling: Ireland’s National Game

For a country with a relatively small population, Ireland’s best athletes are usually drawn to one of four major sports. While this dilutes the potential of the soccer team to compete on an international level, it does offer young sportsmen and women plenty of different options. One of the most popular Irish sports is the game of hurling, which can trace its origins back over thousands of years.

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How to Win the Irish Lotto

How do I win the Irish Lotto? Even if there is no miracle solution for how to find those magical lucky numbers, your chances of success can be boosted by following a few simple tips and tricks. We'll look at a few of them to help you to increase your chances of hitting the jackpot.

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Irish Lottery Price Increase

When the Irish Lotto first began in 1988 it cost just 50 pence to buy a line. The price has increased since then, and so have the prizes. Recently the Irish National Lottery announced that the price of the Lotto Plus game is going to double from 50c to €1 with effect from the 1st of September 2018.

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Can I Play the Irish Lotto from the UK?

The Irish Lotto is one of the most popular European lotteries around, enjoyed not just by players from Ireland but by residents of different countries around the world. This 6/47 lottery has earned this popularity due to its combination of reasonable odds, escalating jackpots and great value bonus games. UK residents can play the Irish Lotto either via a local bookmaker’s shop or online with sites like Lottoland and be in with a chance of taking home a multi-million-pound prize.

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Top 5 Irish Lotto Jackpot Winners

Since the first draw in 1988, the Irish Lotto has made countless millionaires the length and breadth of the country. For a national lottery from a relatively small country, the Lotto has also produced some impressively large jackpots over the years. Let’s take a look at the five biggest Irish Lotto jackpot winners to date.

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Irish Lotto Most Common Numbers

Some people like to base their lotto selections on numbers which have come up a lot, or those which haven’t been drawn for a long time. While we know that each lotto draw is completely independent of the previous one, it is still interesting to discover which Irish Lotto numbers are most overdue and which seem to be picked out all the time.

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Why Lotto Quick Picks Make the Best Choice

When it comes to choosing a lottery selection, most players tend to go for their favourite numbers. Birthdays, patterns and number sequences are also very popular. But we are going to explain just why these numbers are not such a good idea and what a positive influence a Quick Pick may have on your lottery luck.

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10 Valentine's Day Traditions from Around the World

10 Valentine's Day Traditions from Around the World

Valentine’s Day has become a day for couples to celebrate their love, often marked with gifts of flowers and chocolates and a meal at a (crowded!) restaurant. However, not every country follows the same traditions on February 14th. We are going to take a look at how Valentine’s Day traditions from overseas differ to our own.

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Wren Day: A Very Irish Christmas Tradition

The traditional Irish Christmas is very similar to the one we enjoy in the UK, with only a couple of differences. Families in Ireland will tuck into turkey and ham with all the trimmings on the big day, washed down with copious amounts of alcohol, before that slump on the sofa in front of the box. However, there is one tradition which is exclusive to the Emerald Isle: ‘Wren Day’.

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10 Unbelievable Things About Ireland

10 Unbelievable Things You Never Knew About Ireland

You may think that you know everything about our neighbours to the west, but in fact there are a lot of weird and wonderful facts which we’re sure you won’t be aware of. Check out this list of incredible facts about the Emerald Isle. 

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Seven Spooky Halloween Facts

Seven Spooky Halloween Facts

There are all sorts of myths and legends swirling around Halloween, which been a specially commemorated time of year for hundreds of years. Find out more with our seven spooky Halloween facts, which lift the lid on this much-anticipated holiday.

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The Irish Lotto on Lottoland

For those who want to place a bet on the Irish Lotto from the UK, (or just about anywhere else), Lottoland represents the best option for a whole host of reasons. Rather than just rocking up and buying a ticket, when you are betting online you get a range of different features to enhance your lottery betting experience. Let’s take a look at some of the features you can expect to find at the world’s favourite online lottery website: 

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Irish Myths and Legends

Irish Myths and Legends

Apart from being the home of the Irish Lotto, the Emerald Isle is also a place filled with myths, legends and superstitions. Let’s take a look at some of the most famous Irish myths and legends which have been passed on from one generation to the next. 

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5 Reasons to Bet on Irish Lotto

Top 5 Reasons to Bet on the Irish Lottery

The Irish Lotto is one of the most popular lotteries with UK punters, so what exactly is so great about this lottery from the Emerald Isle?  

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Is it Safe to Bet on Irish Lotto?

Is it Safe to Bet on the Irish Lotto Online?

At a time when people are rightly concerned about identity theft and online fraud, it is always a good idea to take proper precautions when online. This is especially true when it comes to online financial transactions. Let’s take a look at safe and secure ways to place a bet on the Irish Lotto. 

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What are the Odds of Winning the Irish Lotto?

What Are the Odds of Winning the Irish Lotto?

The Irish Lotto remains extremely popular, both in Ireland and in the UK, thanks to a combination good pricing, simplicity and positivity about the brand. Of course, there's also its reputation as "Ireland's lucky lotto" and, despite rule changes over the years, it still has some of the best odds available. But how, exactly, does the Lotto stack up with other lotteries around Europe? 

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How to Play the Irish Lotto

Find out more about the Irish Lotto, including the rules of the game and how players from the UK can bet on the outcome. Discover which are the most and least common balls drawn, and the amount of the record Irish Lotto jackpot win.

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Story of the Irish Sweepstakes

The Story of the Irish Sweepstakes

The Irish Lotto has long been one of the favourites to bet on from the UK, thanks to the great odds of winning the jackpot when compared to other European and International lotteries. That’s why the Irish Lotto has been one of the most popular lottery betting options with Lottoland since the site launched in 2013.

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Luck of the Irish

What is the ‘Luck of the Irish’?

When it comes to picking lottery numbers we could all use a bit of the famous ‘luck of the Irish’, and maybe that’s one reason why the Irish Lotto has become so popular with players from the UK.  Although perhaps the fact that the odds of winning are considerably better that the UK’s national lottery has something to do with that!

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