213 Lotto players nationwide have shared €17.3 million in additional prizes since 2nd October draw
The National Lottery has confirmed that it will be adding an additional €1 million to the Lotto Plus Raffle prize fund for this Saturday’s draw (11th December). Winners of the Lotto Plus Raffle typically win €500 in every draw but tomorrow night, players are set for a boost to their winnings. By topping up the raffle prize fund by €1 million, each winner will instead claim an equal share of the €1 million amount in addition to the €500 prize.
Over the last five Lotto draws, there have been between 121 and 164 winners of the Lotto Plus Raffle. The National Lottery estimate that if tomorrow night’s draw has approximately the same number of Raffle winners, that each will receive between €6,000 - €9,000.
Lotto players are also set to see a boost to a lower prize tier in the main Lotto draw due to the jackpot remaining capped at €19.06 million. The funds that would usually be added to the jackpot will instead continue to flow down to the next prize tier at which there is a winner.
Since Saturday 2nd October, no additional funds have been added to the jackpot which has resulted in players at the Match 5+Bonus and Match 5 categories receiving larger prizes than usual. Across the past 20 Lotto draws, 213 players across the country who won the Match 5+Bonus or Match 5 prizes have shared €17.3 million in additional prize money due to the jackpot prize roll down.
The National Lottery are continuing to appeal to players to purchase their tickets early ahead of the cut-off time for ticket sales at 7.45pm on Saturday evening.
A National Lottery spokesperson said: “This Saturday’s Lotto draw is set to be an exciting one for players nationwide. As well as the chance to become the largest Lotto jackpot winner ever seen in Ireland, tomorrow night’s draw will have a guaranteed to be won €1 million in the Lotto Plus Raffle. This will mark our sixth Lotto Plus Raffle promotion of the year and means that there will be even more big Lotto winners all over the country tomorrow night. We are continuing to appeal to Lotto players who are hoping to be one of the big winners celebrating after tomorrow night’s draw to purchase their tickets early either in-store, through the National Lottery app or at www.lottery.ie ahead of the 7.45pm deadline tomorrow night.”
Nearly 30 cent in every €1 spent on all National Lottery games goes back to Good Causes in the areas of sport, youth, health, welfare, education, arts, heritage, and the Irish Language. In total more than €6 Billion has been raised for Good Causes since the National Lottery was established 34 years ago. In 2020 alone, €254 million was raised for local Good Causes in communities across Ireland.