Cost: At Lotto’s current cost of €9 per line, a Lotto ticket costs a minimum of €45.00 Lotto Ireland offers just about the best jackpot odds you’ll find in any national lottery. It is 42 percent easier to win the Irish Lotto jackpot than the UK Lotto jackpot, Only 45 numbers to choose from. How often is the Draw: Lotto draws are held every Wednesday and Saturday evening. How to Play Lotto, which began in March 1988, is the National Lottery’s flagship drawing game. It is currently a 6/45 lottery with an additional “bonus ball.” The minimum play in Lotto has always been two lines of six numbers each. Choose 6 numbers from 1 to 45. 6 main numbers plus 1 Bonus Ball are drawn you need to match 6 main numbers to win the jackpot. There are 7 prize levels in total. Cost: At Lotto’s current cost of €9 per line, a Lotto ticket costs a minimum of €45.00 Lotto has produced two spinoff games, Lotto 5-4-3-2-1, which began in 1997, and Lotto Plus, which began in 2000. Jackpot: Jackpots start off at €2.6 Million and there is no limit on how high they can go, the jackpot rolls over until it is won. The largest ever Lotto jackpot of €18.9 million was won on 28 June 2008 by a syndicate of 16 colleagues at a quarry and concrete plant in Bennekerry, Nearly €275 Million in cash prizes are paid out by the Irish Lotto every year. Odds: Approximately 1 in every 28 tickets wins a cash prize. The Irish National Lottery began gaming operations in 1987. Since then, it has expanded its repertoire of games to include Lotto drawings, television bingo, televised game shows, and participation in the transnational EuroMillions lottery. Draws are held every Wednesday and Saturday. The jackpot is never lower than €2,000,000 and is frequently worth in excess of €5,000,000.00. On July 28, 2007, it rose to a record Jackpot of €16,185,749. The Irish National Lottery pays out more than 50% of its funds in prize money. The balance is used to fund projects in Ireland in the areas of health, sport, recreation, arts, culture, and national heritage. All cash prizes won in are paid as tax-free lump sums, and must be claimed within 90 days of the applicable drawing dates. 8 WAYS TO WIN This is the Percentage Share of the Prize Money You Win If Some or All of Your Numbers Are Drawn.