Logo image of the Irish Lottery officially named Irish National LotteryThe Irish Lottery or Irish Lotto is the main game of the National Lottery of the Republic of Ireland. It has been running for over two decades now and it’s most known for its high payout of minimum €2 million Jackpot per draw.

To play Irish Lotto you must play a minimum of two lines, that’s €1.50 per line. You choose six different numbers from 1 to 45 with a cost of €3 per ticket.

The Irish Lotto is noticeably more popular than most lottery from other countries and there may just be some good reasons for that.

Facts about the Irish Lotto?

The Irish Lotto, the popular lottery game from Ireland that replaced the Irish Hospital Sweepstakes back in ’98 offers some unique advantages that other lottery don’t. For example:

Did you know that any person from any country can play the Irish Lotto? That’s right! As you probably know, in many cases you can’t buy a lottery ticket from a country that’s not your country of residence (it sure does put a question mark on the whole “stealth tax” theory).

The Irish Lotto is open to players from anywhere! This may attract more players and offer a very high Jackpot prize. Back in 2008 there was a group of 16 people who won the largest Jackpot every paid out of €18.9 million.

Did you know that all money won on the Irish Lotto is TAX-FREE? That’s right, baby! You get to keep it all, is that just great? We can denied that’s a great PLUS specially since you consider that there are countries where the tax on gambling winnings are around 60%.

And to top that, all winnings from the Irish Lotto are paid out within 48 hours after tha draw took place. That’s just the cheery in the pie, isn’t? No waiting days or weeks to get paid out (it happens!), you’ll get your winnings quick so you can spend it on whatever you want.

Playing the Irish Lotto

If you want to play Irish Lotto you might as well go for either Lotto Plus One or Lotto Plus Two, as these two variations of the game offer some attractive winning possibilities. We will discuss these below.

Lotto Plus 1 & Loto Plus 2

The games Lotto Plus 1 & 2 are later additions to the original Irish Lotto where you can enter your lotto numbers in an additional draw for a fixed Jackpot of €350,000 and €250,000 respectively. This will cost you £0.25 and per line and the Jackpot does not roll over.

And just like it’s the case with the Irish lotto game players of Lotto Plus One & Two can also win cash prizes if they match at least three main numbers plus the bonus.

If you want to play it, you should definitely go for Lotto Plus; it is reported that over 90% of Irish lotto players favour this game.