New Year’s Special Draws FAQ

What is the New Year’s Special Draw?

As part of an internal review of our entire portfolio of scratch card games, we found issues with four top prizes in three games.  We are very sorry for these mistakes and, as a way of ensuring scratch card players have the opportunity to win prizes that should have been available, we are offering our players entry to a special draw with a guaranteed €180,000 in prizes that will be won.

How do I enter?

By entering the Christmas Bonus Draws with the code from an eligible Hampers Sweets & Treats, Merry Money or Christmas Countdown scratch card, your entry will automatically be entered into the New Year’s Special Draw too. 

You don’t need to do anything extra, just sit back and see if you’ll be drawn as one of our lucky 180 winners of €1,000.

Each unique code recorded on the system will be entered only once into the New Year’s Special Draw (unlike in the Christmas Bonus Draws where the code from a €3 entry gets 3 entries, the code from a €5 scratch card gets 5 entries and the code from a €10 scratch card gets 10 entries). 

What prizes are available?

There is a total prize fund of €180,000 available in the New Year’s Special Draw.

180 codes will be randomly selected from all entries received through the Christmas Bonus Draw webform between October 1st 2019 and 10pm on January 5th 2020 and each of those will win a cool €1,000; nice way to start the New Year!

I entered the Christmas Bonus Draws before this New Year’s Special Draw was announced, will I still be entered?

Yes. All entries received since the Christmas Bonus Draws webform was opened on October 1st 2019 will automatically be entered into the New Year’s Special Draw too; whether you won or not there’s nothing extra you need to do.

Once the winners have been drawn, they will be contacted using the details provided on the webform. 

Do I need to hold onto my scratch card to claim prize?

No there’s no need to hold onto your scratch cards, once a valid entry has been logged for Christmas Bonus Draw it’s entered into the New Year’s Special Draw.

What if I have already won a €1,000 on a weekly Christmas Bonus Draw already?

Lucky you!  Even if you’ve won on the Christmas Bonus Draw, you’ll also be entered into the New Year’s Special Draw for another chance to win €1,000.

I have entered the Christmas Bonus Draw multiple times, are all those entries valid for the New Year’s Special Draw?

Yes, every unique code entered into the Christmas Bonus Draw also gets a single entry into the New Year's Special Draw, so for example if you entered 6 unique codes into the Christmas Bonus Draws you will also get six entries into the New Year’s Special Draw.

Could I win more than once on New Year’s Special Draw?

Yes, it’s possible if you have entered more than one code into the Christmas Bonus Draws that more than one of your codes could be drawn in the New Year’s Special Draw and you could therefore win more than one prize of €1,000 – wouldn’t that be extra nice!

When will the draw take place?

Entry will remain open through lottery.ie until 10pm on Sunday January 5th.

On January 6th from all entries received, and under KPMG supervision, we’ll randomly select 180 winners from all the codes entered into the Christmas Bonus Draw by cut off of 10pm on January 5th.

What if I’m having problems entering my draw entry online?

You can contact our customer support team for help on 1890 244 344 (9:00am to 8:00pm, Monday to Saturday) or email us at support@lottery.ie