The Irish lottery has been operating since 23rd of March 1987 making it the longest running of all the national lotteries. It was started to raise much needed cash for government funding of quite a few programs like sports and recreation, health and welfare. It also funds the arts, national heritage and even the Irish language.
Since the Irish lotto started it has put over EUR3 billion towards these great causes.
It has turned out to be very much a win win situation providing a chance for the public to win huge amounts of tax free money and paying for public programs.
The biggest ever jackpot win was a massive EUR18,963,441 won by a syndicate of 16 workers from the Dan Morrissey quarry in Carlow Ireland. Now I am just guessing here but I am thinking they don’t spend much time quarrying these days.
However there is a big winner out there somewhere who sadly forgot to check their numbers and missed out on picking up EUR3,445,934 . The tickets expire 6 months after the draw. This happened back in 2001 so I suppose they will never know.
According to the latest surveys some thing like two thirds of Irish adults say they regularly play the lotto. Starting in 2009 tickets became available online, now we can finally play the Irish national lottery from anywhere in the world.
Considering the great odds the Irish lotto gives you for a win buying a ticket seems like a good bet, dont you think. In November 2006 the lottery changed to 6 from 45 shortening your chance of winning to 1 in 8,145,060.
That may seem a lot I know but if you want to win the UK national lottery with its 6 from 49 the chances are only 1 in 13,983,816. On top of that the Irish lottery has a guaranteed minimum first prize of EUR2 Million.
We have the results waiting for you on our website every Wednesday and Saturday after the draw.
So what are you waiting for , why not head over to the Irish Lottery Results website and pick up your ticket, we may be able to re-right the story about the biggest ever Irish Lotto winners.