About the National Lottery

Premier Lotteries Ireland

Premier Lotteries Ireland (PLI) is the operator of the Irish National Lottery. PLI was awarded a 20-year licence to operate the National Lottery by the Irish Government in November 2014. The staff and management of the previous operator, An Post National Lottery Company, including CEO Dermot Griffin, transferred to PLI, ensuring continuity of service and collectively have over 50 years’ experience in managing Ireland’s National Lottery. 

OTPP, An Post and An Post Pension Funds

The shareholders of PLI are Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan (OTPP), An Post and An Post Pension Funds. OTPP has a successful track record in the lottery industry through its shareholdings in the Camelot Group, which includes UK National Lottery operator Camelot UK Lotteries Limited. An Post successfully operated the Irish National Lottery since its creation in 1986.

With C$140.8 billion in net assets, OTPP is the largest single-profession pension plan in Canada and is an independent organisation that invests the pension fund's assets and administers the defined benefit pensions of 307,000 active and retired teachers in Ontario. OTPP is also the owner of Camelot Global which provides consultancy and management services to lotteries worldwide. 

Premier Lotteries Ireland represents the best in lottery expertise globally and is uniquely positioned to grow the Irish National Lottery over the coming 20 years for the benefit of good causes and future generations in Ireland. 

PLI’s Vision

PLI’s vision is for a National Lottery that provides exciting and engaging lottery games that bring fun and entertainment to everyone. As a result, we aim to be the best-known brand in Ireland. 

Our Mission 

PLI’s mission is to operate a world-class lottery for the people of Ireland, raising important funds for good causes, on behalf of the Irish Government.

PLI’s Values 


We’re fair and honest in everything we do and operate to the highest professional standards in all our activities. 


We manage our business in a dynamic and progressive way that meets the challenges of an ever-changing society.


We work together as a team in which everyone supports and encourages each other.  

Recent Developments 

Premier Lotteries Ireland commenced operations on 30th November 2014 having successfully installed over 20,000 pieces of equipment in its retail network of 3,700 agents throughout Ireland. Since November 2014 PLI’s new system has successfully handled 30 different lottery draws each week as well as processing over 4 million sales and prize payment transactions on a weekly basis.  

PLI’s biggest jackpot to date was a €13,793,435 Lotto jackpot on january 23rd 2016. The winning ticket was sold by Carey’s, Main Street, Belmullet, Co Mayo.

Principal suppliers to PLI

Intralot provides the set-up, maintenance and support of software platforms and retail terminals for the National Lottery. Intralot is one of the top three lottery technology providers worldwide. It was the first international vendor in the gaming sector to be certified according to the World Lottery Association (WLA) Security Control Standard and operates to the highest standards of the global lottery industry.

Camelot Global Services provides consultancy services to PLI and has assisted with the delivery of the ambitious technical and business transition programme undertaken by PLI following the awarding of the new National Lottery licence. Camelot Global draws upon extensive experience from the UK where it supports Europe’s largest interactive lottery. 

Pollard Banknote Limited provides security printing services to PLI and has been a supplier to the Irish National Lottery for more than 20 years.  Pollard Banknote is a leading supplier of scratch card games for over 25 years and serves over 60 lottery and charitable gaming organisations worldwide.

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