Results Sat 16th March
Next Jackpot: €3,700,000
Next Draw: Wed 20th March
Irish Lotto Draws
The first Irish Lotto draw took place on Saturday 16th April 1988, with players needing to match six numbers from a pool of 36 in order to win the jackpot. A Wednesday draw was launched in May 1990 and three more balls were added to the game matrix in August 1992.
September 1994 saw the ball pool rise to 42 at the same time as Quick Picks were introduced, allowing players to let lottery terminals choose a random selection of numbers for them to play in the Irish Lotto draw.
Lotto Plus was first played in October 2000, which gave players a second chance to win additional prizes in a supplementary draw using the numbers they played in the main game. Lotto Plus 2 followed in September 2002.
The ball pool expanded to 45 in November 2006 at the same time as the base jackpot was set at €2 million, the prize for matching five main numbers and the Bonus Ball was increased from €12,000 to €25,000 and a €5 award for matching three main numbers was introduced. The jackpots for Lotto Plus 1 and Lotto Plus 2 were boosted and the cost of playing each line rose to €1.50, with a minimum purchase of €3 required to take part in the game.
The most recent changes to Irish Lotto came in September 2015, when the number of balls was set at 47 and a new winning tier was created that rewarded players for matching two main numbers and the Bonus Ball with a €3 scratchcard. In addition, the fixed €5 prize for matching three main numbers rose to an award worth approximately €9 and the previous prize of €25,000 for matching five main numbers and the Bonus Ball grew to an average of €100,000.
The ticket price was increased to €2 per line, with the Lotto Plus 1 jackpot jumping up to €500,000 and a new Lotto Plus Raffle being introduced, offering €300 to multiple winners in each draw.
You can buy Irish Lotto tickets wherever you live in the world to take advantage of the extremely tempting odds of one in 10,737,573 for winning the multimillion-Euro jackpot
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