Cookies may be set by the website you are visiting (‘first party cookies’) or they may be set by other websites who run content on the page you are viewing (‘third party cookies’).
What is a cookie?
A cookie is a simple text file that is stored on your computer, or mobile device, by a website’s server and only that server will be able to retrieve, or read, the contents of that cookie. Each cookie is unique to your web browser. It will usually contain some anonymous information such as a unique identifier and the site/app name and some digits and numbers.
First party cookies
First party cookies are set by the website/app you are visiting.
Third party cookies
Third party cookies are set by a different organisation to the owner of the website/app you are visiting. For example, the website/app might use a third party analytics or advertising company who will set a cookie to perform this service. The website/app you are visiting may also contain content embedded from services such as YouTube, Hubspot or Flickr, and these services may set their own cookies.
A website/app may use a third party advertising network to deliver targeted advertising on their website/app, these may also have the capability to track your browsing across different sites and apps.
Session cookies are stored temporarily during a browsing session and are deleted from the user’s device when the browser is closed.
This type of cookie is saved on your computer for a fixed period and is not deleted when the browser is closed. We use persistent cookies when we need to manage return visits. For example, we use this type of cookie to know how many repeat visits the site/app receives compared with new visits.
Anonymous cookie used to randomly serve variants of content and to maintain a visitor’s view of that content. It may also be used to record a variants performance in achieving goals such as helping visitors to register.
These are anonymous identifiers used to serve ads of third parties. These cookies allow us to advertise and communicate more relevant messaging on third party websites.
Many websites use Adobe Flash Player to deliver video and game content to their users. Adobe utilise their own cookies, which are not manageable through your browser settings but are used by the Flash Player for similar purposes, such as storing your preferences or tracking users.
Flash cookies work in a different way to web browser cookies rather than having individual cookies for particular jobs, a website is restricted to storing all data in one cookie. You can control how much data can be stored in that cookie but you cannot choose the type of information stored. Find out how to manage flash cookies.
How can I control cookies?
Web browser cookies
If you wish to restrict or block the web browser cookies set on your device, you can do this through your browser settings; the Help function within your browser explains how to change these settings.
Adobe Flash Player Cookies
As mentioned above, the Adobe Flash Player, which is used to provide services such as videos or web-based games, is also capable of storing information on your device. However, these cookies cannot be controlled through your web browser. If you wish to restrict or block flash cookies, then you must do this on the Adobe website. Please be aware that restricting the use of flash cookies may affect the features available to you.
Visitors to our website/app
When someone visits www.lottery.ie or sub-domain, interactive.lottery.ie we collect standard internet log information and details of visitor behaviour patterns. We do this to ascertain information such as the number of visitors to the various parts of the site/app. We collect this information in a way which does not identify anyone. We do not make any attempt to find out the identities of those visiting our website/app.
We will not associate any data gathered from this site/app with any personally identifying information from any source. If we do want to collect personally identifiable information through our website/app, we will be up front about this. We will make it clear when we collect personal information and will explain what we intend to do with it.
The table below explains the cookies we use and why:
The table below explains the cookies we use and why:
These cookies are used to collect and analyse information about how visitors use our website/app. The service collects anonymous information such as the number of visitors to our website/app, where visitors have come from, and pages visited on our site/app. The information collected will also be used by Google.
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|Tier||MasterCookie||This stores the user experience which determines the type of pages that will be sent to the users browser to best serve the user on the mobile site/app||Typical values are mobile-tier1, mobile-tier2, desktop|
|Decision||cookie_decision||To store that the user agrees to our cookies||Has a value of ‘True’ once a user indicates they agree with our policy.|
|Java session id||JSESSIONID:||Used by the play online website interactive.lottery.ie||Deleted at end of session|
|Greeting||userGreeting:||Users First name or favourite greeting, used to greet the user when they log into website/app, on top right of header||Deleted at end of session|
|Notifications||notifications:||Flag to indicate if the user account has any notifications, if so set to yes, or otherwise the value will be no||Deleted at end of session|
|Return||returnCode:||return code if the user logs in incorrectly allows correct error message to be displayed||Deleted at end of session|
|Tracking||tracking:||page that the user is on||Deleted at end of session|
|Balance||balance:||Users balance, which is displayed on top right hand corner of header along with users first name||Deleted at end of session|
|SID||(Session ID)||This cookie remembers details of what you've done as you move around the website.|
|ROUTEID||This cookie ensures continuity of your session information and experience as you visit different pages across the site.|
|Authenticated||This cookie is used to display a session expiry message. To protect your security you will be signed out of your session if you have been signed in for an extended period but have not been active.|
|utag_main||Supplied by our business partner, Tealium, this enables us to implement analytics and tracking tags for tracking visitors to our site.|
|_drt_ & id (doubleclick)||This is used so that we know if you have come to our site from an advertising link and allows us to reward external partners for directing visitors to our site.|
By law, web browsers allow control of cookie usage through the browser settings. To find out more about cookies, including how to see what cookies have been set and how to manage and delete them, visit www.aboutcookies.org or https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HTTP_cookie.
To opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all websites visit http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout.
If you have questions or concerns about our Cookies Policy, please contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Our registered address is Premier Lotteries Ireland DAC, Abbey Street Lower, Dublin 1, Ireland.
Glossary of technical terms used
Cookies: Small pieces of information, stored in simple text files, placed on your computer by a web site/app. Cookies can be read by the website/app on your subsequent visits so that you can access information in a faster and more efficient way. The information stored in a cookie may relate to your browsing habits on the web page, or a unique identification number so that the website/app can "remember" you on your return visit. Generally speaking, cookies do not contain personal information from which you can be identified, unless you have separately furnished such information to the website/app.
IP address: The identifying details for your computer (or your internet company's computer), expressed in "internet protocol" code (for example 192.168.72.34). Every computer connected to the web has a unique IP address, although the address may not be the same every time a connection is made.
Personal data: means information about you which can identify you and which is within the possession of PLI (e.g. your name and address)
Web browser: The piece of software you use to read web pages. Examples are Microsoft Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Firefox and Safari.