In early January, ahead of the highly anticipated draw, Lotto players all over the country continued to enjoy even bigger prizes than usual at lower prize tiers due to the capped Lotto jackpot. The additional funds that would usually go the jackpot were instead distributed to the Match 5+Bonus and Match 5 tiers across the first five draws of the year.
On New Year’s Day, 28 players all over the country had extra reason to celebrate after matching five numbers to win €26,380 each. As there were no winners at the Match 5+Bonus tier in the 1st January draw, this resulted in the additional funds flowing down to the Match 5 tier.
Three Lotto players in Galway, Mayo and Offaly became the biggest winners of the night on Wednesday 5th January after matching five numbers and the bonus to win an incredible €305,478 each. The Mayo winner scooped their share of the €916,434 Match 5+Bonus prize after purchasing their winning ticket at Mulherne’s Applegreen Filling Station and Gala Shop on Ballina Street in Crossmolina while the Galway winner purchased their winning ticket at Londis in Tí Cloch Mhíle on the Dublin Road in Co. Galway. The Offaly winner won their share of the boosted prize fund after purchasing their ticket online at www.lottery.ie.
Over 154,000 players all over Ireland won prizes across the Lotto and Lotto Plus draws in the Saturday 8th January draw, including 24 players who matched five numbers to win €33,181 each.
The Wednesday 12th January draw saw three Lotto players in Clare, Donegal and Dublin win €253,314 each after matching five numbers and the bonus. The winners in Clare and Donegal scooped their shares of the Match 5+Bonus prize fund after purchasing their tickets online while the Dublin winner purchased their winning ticket at the Centra store on Sundrive Road in Lower Crumlin, Dublin 12.
The monumental ‘Will be Won’ Lotto event took place on Saturday 15th January which culminated with a Mayo player matching all six numbers to win the massive €19,060,800 jackpot. The ‘Will be Won’ mechanism, which was introduced to the game ahead of the historic draw, was not required on the night due to the player matching all six numbers. Laura’s XL store on Hopkins Road in Castlebar was confirmed as the selling location of the record-breaking ticket. As the Lotto jackpot remained capped at €19.06 million for the 15th January draw, we also saw 149 winners of the Match 5 + Bonus prize tier benefit from additional funds which are usually added to the jackpot. Each of the 149 winners, who bought their tickets in 26 counties, all went on to claim €36,687 each. That night, more than 866,000 players won prizes across the Lotto and Lotto Plus games.
For the first time since June 9th 2021, we saw the Lotto jackpot return to base level at €2 million in the Wednesday 19th January draw.
An online player in Dublin became the biggest Lotto Plus One winner of the month after winning the top prize of €1 million in the Wednesday 26th January draw. On the same night, a Cork player matched five numbers and the bonus to win €102,570 in the main draw. The Rebel county player purchased their winning ticket at the Spar store at the Firgrove service station in Bishopstown, Co. Cork.
During the month of January, we saw two Lotto Plus Two winners scoop the top prize of €250,000 each. A Kilkenny player became the first Lotto Plus Two top prize winner of 2022 on the same night that the €19.06 million jackpot was won after purchasing their winning ticket at Kittys Cabin on Rose Inn Street in the heart of Kilkenny City. In the last Lotto draw of the month, an online player in Dublin won the €250,000 top prize.
The Saturday 29th January draw also marked the first Lotto Plus Raffle promotion of the year with 105 players all over the country enjoying a massive boost to their winnings as the National Lottery topped up the Lotto Plus Raffle with an additional €1 million. While the Lotto Plus Raffle typically sees between 80 and 120 winners of €500 in every draw, the boosted prize fund meant that each of the 105 winners scooped a prize of €10,024.