Revealed! Irelands Luckiest Lotto Counties

Revealed! Irelands Luckiest Lotto Counties

Co. Louth may be Ireland’s smallest county, but when it comes to Lotto wins it has been the luckiest over the last 30 years, a new National Lottery survey reveals.

The National Lottery today unveiled Ireland’s luckiest Lotto Counties calculating the number of jackpot winners since the game launched in 1988 against 2016 Census population records.

The “Luckiest Lotto Counties” survey shows that Co. Louth, known as “the Wee County”, boasts the most Lotto millionaires per head of population since Lotto launched three decades ago, with an incredible 5.9 Lotto jackpot winners for every 10,000 people. The county has had 76 lucky Lotto jackpot winners who have won in excess of €89 million between them.

Coming a close second place is Co. Donegal, which has clocked up 90 Lotto jackpot winners in 30 years, sharing over €116 million in prizes. Census 2016 population figures show there are 5.65 Lotto jackpot winners for every 10,000 people in the county.

The Mayo football players may have suffered an early exit in the race for Sam Maguire this year but Lotto players in the green and red of the western county have had significantly more luck in the lottery game coming third on the Lotto list with 4.44 Lotto jackpot winners per 10,000 people. They have had 58 Lotto jackpot winners sharing over €103 million in prizes.

Meanwhile, Dublin had had 572 lucky Lotto jackpot winners scooping over €856 million in jackpot prizes alone, or 4.25 winners per head of population. That tally places the county 4th on the Lotto league table due to its population of over 1.3 million.
 

Speaking on the release of the “Luckiest Lotto Counties” survey National Lottery CEO, Dermot Griffin said:

“One of the most frequent questions we are asked is what is Ireland’s luckiest Lotto county. There has always been great rivalry amongst our players all over the country to claim this title so we are delighted to confirm that using the 2016 Census population figures that Co. Louth is Ireland’s luckiest spot”

“But it is important to note that chance has no memory and playing Lotto is purely a matter of luck, regardless of where you buy your Lotto ticket. Whether it is in Laois, Limerick or Louth, you have the exact same chance of winning a prize. However, our Lotto players in Louth have punched above their weight for the last 30 years with considerably more Lotto millionaires per head of population. Congratulations to the county and all its winners!” added Dermot Griffin.

He added: “While Lotto players in Louth, Donegal, Mayo and Dublin have enjoyed most success in the Lotto game per head of population, these findings do not have any bearing on who may be a future Lotto winner! It could be you this weekend when the Lotto Jackpot is set to roll to a mega €6.5 million. This is the highest the jackpot in a while so we are appealing to players to buy their tickets early to avoid queues in store – or play at lottery.ie or through the National Lottery App.”

According to the National Lottery’s findings, players in Co. Laois have been the unluckiest county in Ireland with 1.53 Lotto winners per 10,000 inhabitants despite having 13 Lotto jackpot who have claimed over €24 million since 1988.
 

Ireland’s Luckiest Lotto Counties

Lucky Ranking

County

Population

Lotto Jackpot Wins

Lotto Jackpot Wins per 10,000

1

Louth

128,884

76

5.90

2

Donegal

159,192

90

5.65

3

Mayo

130,507

58

4.44

4

Dublin

1,347,359

572

4.25

5

Carlow

56,932

22

3.86

6

Wicklow

142,425

54

3.79

7

Cavan

76,176

28

3.68

8

Westmeath

88,770

32

3.60

9

Monaghan

61,386

22

3.58

10

Galway

258,058

92

3.57

11

Sligo

65,535

23

3.51

12

Waterford

116,176

40

3.44

13

Clare

118,817

40

3.37

14

Tipperary

159,553

51

3.20

15

Cork

542,868

173

3.19

16

Longford

40,873

13

3.18

17

Kildare

222,504

69

3.10

18

Wexford

149,722

46

3.07

19

Limerick

194,899

59

3.03

20

Roscommon

64,544

19

2.94

21

Leitrim

32,044

9

2.81

22

Meath

195,044

54

2.77

23

Kerry

147,707

37

2.50

24

Offaly

77,961

19

2.44

25

Kilkenny

99,232

24

2.42

26

Laois

84,697

13

1.53

 

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