CAN I BET ON THE IRISH LOTTO FROM THE UK?
The Irish Lotto is one of the most popular European lotteries around, enjoyed not just by punters 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 bet on 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.
HISTORY OF THE IRISH LOTTERY
In the 1930s, the Irish Sweepstakes lottery was devised as a way to raise much-needed money for hospitals. This lottery gained traction overseas, with black market tickets making their way to the United States on a regular basis. Eventually corruption scandals led to this lottery being discontinued, making room for the introduction of the current Irish lottery in 1987.
For first incarnation of the Irish Lotto, punters needed to correctly choose 6 numbers from a choice of 1 to 36. As time has passed, the number of balls has increased to its current 47, making the jackpots more difficult to win than was originally the case, and therefore more likely to grow larger. However, when compared with rival international lotteries the Irish Lotto still offers great value given the relationship between the size of its jackpots and the odds of winning the top prize.
HOW TO BET ON THE IRISH LOTTO IN THE UK
The main Irish Lotto game is straightforward. All you have to do is to pick 6 numbers from 1 to 47, either using your favourite digits or a random selection. The main game costs just £2 to enter with a guaranteed minimum jackpot of £1.4 million.
6 numbers plus an additional bonus number are drawn, and prizes are awarded if you match at least 2 regular numbers plus the bonus, with the jackpot paid out to anyone who matches all six numbers.
For an extra £1 you get to take part in not one, but two bonus draws. Simply tick the box beneath the bet-slip and you will enter the Plus 1 and Plus 2 draws. These use the same numbers that you selected for the main draw to enter you into two extra draws with an additional £900k available on tee Plus 1 draw and a further £225k up for grabs for Plus 2.
The Irish Lotto draws take place on Wednesdays and Fridays at 20:00 GMT.
WHY CHOOSE THE IRISH LOTTO?
The Irish Lotto record jackpot currently stands at €19,060,800 and was won on 29 September 2021.
The odds of a jackpot win are 1 in 10,737,573, which compares very favourably with rivals such as EuroMillions (1 in 139,838,160), The (UK) National Lottery (1 in 45,057,474) and the French Lotto (1 in 19,068,840).
You also have a 1 in 29 chance of winning any prize when you play the Irish Lotto.
Perhaps one of the biggest attractions of the Irish Lotto, however, is the fact that you get to enter two extra draws when you enter the Lotto Plus 1 and Plus 2 draws. That gives you three chances to win, with one set of numbers.
Betting on the Irish Lotto from the UK is easy with Lottoland. It just takes a couple of minutes to register, then all you have to do is to make an instant deposit and you are ready to go.
Besides the great value Irish Lotto, Lottoland also enables you to choose from a wide variety of international lotteries, as well as a great selection of games.