How To Play Telly Bingo

How to Play Telly Bingo

What is TellyBingo?


TellyBingo gives you the chance to play Bingo in your own home - you can even wear your slippers! Every Tuesday, Thursday and Friday the 'TellyBingo' TV Gameshow is broadcast on television (see Press for TV listings). On draw days, sales close at 11am and re-open at 11:15am. Each ticket costs €2.50! TellyBingo can be played with advance play with options to play for up to 6 draws (2 weeks) in advance. Separate tickets for separate dates are issued.


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How to Play TellyBingo

It's simple! There are no playslips to be filled out for TellyBingo. All tickets are generated randomly by the Lotto terminal using Quick Pick. Simply ask your local National Lottery Agent (anyone who sells TellyBingo) for a TellyBingo ticket and in return you will receive a ticket which contains a grid of 24 randomly selected numbers and one free number represented by ** (in the middle square). This free number is considered already marked. Each ticket shows the draw date for which it is valid, so don't forget to be in front of a telly on that date!

There are six prize categories in TellyBingo –Lucky LineCorners, CrossSnowballFullhouse and Phone Risk. A player can win in more than one prize category on a single ticket. For each TellyBingo TV Gameshow there is a random drawing of numbers from 1 to 75. For the amount of numbers drawn and the corresponding prize categories please see below:


To start the game thirty-two numbers are randomly drawn. Players who match the four corner numbers on their ticket on or before the 32nd number is drawn, win a parimutuel prize of on average €10, taking one TellyBingo game with another. This prize will never be less than €5.


A further four numbers are then drawn, bringing the total to thirty-six. Players who match all eight numbers to make a cross or ‘X’ on their ticket, on or before the 36th number is drawn, win a parimutuel prize of on average €100, taking one TellyBingo game with another.


Additional numbers are then drawn until one or more players have marked all of the numbers on their ticket(s). This is called a ‘Fullhouse’ and the winner(s) win or share in a fixed prize of €10,000. Once there is a Fullhouse winner the game is considered over and no more numbers will be drawn.


The Snowball prize is a bonus for players who achieve a ‘Fullhouse’ on or before the 45th number (i.e. 45 is the ‘Snowball’ number). The Snowball winner(s) win or share in an additional fixed prize of €10,000. If there is no Snowball winner, the Snowball number will be increased by one number (from 45 to 46) on the next TellyBingo show and €5,000 will be added to the Snowball prize. This process continues until there is a Snowball winner(s). Once the Snowball prize has been won, the Snowball number reverts to 45 and the Snowball prize is reset to €10,000.

Lucky Line

During the TellyBingo TV Gameshow one of the five horizontal lines on the TellyBingo ticket is randomly selected. Players who match all of the numbers on the selected line win a fixed prize of €5. On each TellyBingo ticket Line 1 refers to the top horizontal line and Line 5 refers to the bottom horizontal line. Vertical or diagonal lines don’t count for this game.

“Phone Risk” Card Number Game

On every TellyBingo ticket there is a unique six digit card number printed directly below the 24 number grid. During the TellyBingo TV show one of the card numbers is randomly chosen and announced by the presenter. The owner of the ticket with the corresponding card number has until 9pm on the following evening to phone-in to validate their winning ticket. The lucky player is then invited to participate in a “Phone Risk” game on the TellyBingo TV show where they are guaranteed to win a cash prize ranging from €1,000 to €10,000. And all from the comfort of your own home!


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