The Irish Lotto is a popular lottery game in the British betting shops, mainly because it is far more flexible than the UK National Lottery. Based on the Irish National Lottery draw, this popular lotto game is sometimes referred to in Ireland as “Lucky Numbers”, to avoid confusion. With regular draws on Wednesday and Saturday, as well as a special Monday draw, you’re never short of opportunities to win big money with the Irish Lotto!
Where To Play
Paddy Power is a great bookmaker to buy your regular Irish Lotto tickets from, as their payouts are marginally better than most bookmakers in the UK. For example, the vast majority of bookmakers would give you £6.50 for correctly choosing one number on the Irish Lotto Six Ball draw (£1 stake), whereas Paddy Power would pay you £7. That may not sound like much, but those small amounts all add up in the long term. It’s always a good idea to go with the best odds!
The regular Irish Lotto game actually comprises three separate draws; the “Main Draw”, plus two bonus games, referred two as “Plus 1″ and “Plus 2″, or sometimes simply “Draw 2″ and “Draw 3″. Players have the choice of picking their numbers for the Main Irish Lotto draw only, or they can play the same numbers on one or both of the additional draws to provide a greater chance of winning.
All three Irish Lotto draws feature 45 numbers and of these, six will be drawn, along with a seventh “Bonus Ball”. Players must choose when placing their bet whether or not they wish to utilise the bonus ball – doing so provides an extra chance at having a number draw, but reduces the potential winnings accordingly.
Players must decide how many of the drawn numbers they wish to guess and the amount they wish to wager. In order to win, all of the chosen numbers must be drawn. The potential Irish Lotto winnings will depend on the players choices, detailed below.
Irish Lotto Payouts