Irish Lottery Syndicates
The Irish National Lottery main draw is a 6 from 45 game. That is, you choose 6 numbers on your playslip, from the numbers 1 to 45. Match 6 numbers and you win the jackpot of a guaranteed minimum prize of €2 Million.
As far as lottery odds go, that's a pretty decent 1 in 8,145,060 chance of winning, making the Irish lottery an interesting game for syndicates.
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|WinTrillions Irish Lotto Syndicate||Reasonable syndicate for the Irish Lotto from a company that has been managing ticket buying services since 2006.|
|Big Fat Lottos Review||These guys have experience of running syndicates for over 10 years now, and Ireland's favourite game is the latest addition to their groups.|
|Elotto Review||More of a results checking and syndicate management service really, but potentially useful if you run your own Irish group, or would like to.|
More About The Games
Ireland runs a number of different games, the main Lotto game drawn every Wednesday and Saturday being most popular. Along with EuroMillions of course which is hugely popular in Ireland and all over Europe. (You can find EuroMillions lottery syndicates here)
But they also run a few add-on games. Lotto Plus adds an extra two draws (imaginatively named Plus 1 and Plus 2), for which you can tick a box on your playslip to also play your main Lotto numbers for these extra draws too. This costs only 50c extra.
Due to the popularity of EuroMillions, they also added a Plus game here too, called EuroMillions Plus. Tick the box to add this to your main entry and your 5 main selected balls go into the supplementary draw for a cost of €1 per panel.
Lotto costs €1.50 per panel to play, with a minimum purchase of 2 panels (so €3).
The Odds & Prizes
The jackpot for the main Irish Lotto game doesn't get quite as big as some games, which is obviously the trade-off for it being much easier to win. But it always starts at €2 Million, and regularly reaches €5 and €6 Million. Most of us would be quite happy with that, even if we did have to share it.
These are the odds for the main Lotto draw:-
|Match Numbers||Odds||Estimated Prize|
|6||1 in 8,145,060||€2 Million (min)|
|5 + Bonus||1 in 1,357,510||€25,000|
|5||1 in 34,808||5.38% prize pool|
|4 + Bonus||1 in 14,290||1.35% prize pool|
|4||1 in 733||8.30% prize pool|
|3 + Bonus||1 in 579||5.53% prize pool|
|3||1 in 44||€5|
The prizes for Plus are much smaller, but they are fixed, so you don't share with everyone who wins the jackpot. Plus 1 pays a jackpot of €350,000, and Plus 2 is €250,000. There are no rollovers here though.
They also pay out smaller prize tiers ranging from a free scratch card for matching 3, up to the €3,500 for 5 plus the bonus.
For EuroMillions Plus the prize is a fixed €500,000 for matching all 5 main numbers drawn. Due to playing with only the main numbers and not the lucky stars, this game is a 5 from 50 draw making the jackpot odds 1 in 2,118,760.
A Little History
The first Irish lottery draw was 16th April 1988. And originally it was a 6 balls from 36 game - almost easy to win compared to some lottery games!
It then graduated to being a 6 from 39 game in 1992, then moved on to become a 6 from 42 game in 1994. And finally reached the current 6 from 45 game in November 2006.
Largest Irish Lotto Jackpots
One of the biggest Irish jackpots stood for over 12 years. €9,505,290 was won on 2nd November 1996. But it wasn't until the switch to a 6 from 45 game that the jackpots started beating this record.
The largest ever went to a syndicate of 16 people on 28th June 2008. They shared a jackpot prize of €18,963,441.
This is a great game for a lottery syndicate, so it comes as quite a surprise to find only a few seem to be available online. If you run one, do tell us, because people are waiting to join!
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