Lotto to mark its 3,000th draw this Saturday!

Lotto to mark its 3,000th draw this Saturday!

Thousands of Irish lives have been transformed and dreams have come true thanks to the payment of more than €4.4 billion in prizes on the Lotto which celebrates its 3,000th draw this Saturday (February 3rd).

Since the very first Lotto draw on Saturday, 16th April 1988, there have been an astonishing 1,738 Lotto jackpot wins, with 745 jackpot prizes exceeding €1 million.


And sales on Lotto games over the last three decades have raised a massive €2.9 billion for Good Causes all over Ireland.

With this Saturday’s 3,000 Lotto draw carrying a mega jackpot of of €4.5 million, the National Lottery today revealed a County by County breakdown of Lotto wins over 30 years, showing that Dublin claims the highest number of jackpots at 572, totaling over €856 million. The second luckiest Lotto County is Cork with 172 jackpot wins totaling €245 million while the third luckiest County is Galway with 92 lotto jackpots totalling €137 million. (See full list below).

Ireland’s first Lotto jackpot winner was lucky Donegal woman, Brigid McGrath from Letterkenny who scooped the £147,059 (punts) in the highly anticipated first Lotto draw which was broadcast live to an expectant Irish nation. Ireland’s first ever Lotto millionaire was Rita Power from Ballinasloe in Co. Galway who won £1,200,937 (punts) on 6th May 1989.

 

On 28th June in 2008, the Dan Morrissey Syndicate from Co. Carlow became overnight celebrities as they smashed the Lotto jackpot record by winning the massive €18.9 million jackpot prize – a record which still stands today.

National Lottery Chief Executive, Dermot Griffin, today revealed that more than over €4.4 billion in prizes has been paid out to Lotto players in Ireland since the game was launched in 1988.

“Lotto has been one of Ireland’s favourite pastimes for almost 30 years and it captures the imagination of the public as much today as it did when it was first launched in 1988. As we approach our 3,000th draw, we have seen an incredible 1,738 jackpot winners with prizes exceeding a phenomenal €4.4 billion.”

“As Chief Executive of the National Lottery, I absolutely love welcoming our Lotto winners into our Winners’ Room, and witnessing first-hand the whole spectrum of emotions which winners go through with their life-changing Lotto jackpot wins. It is truly remarkable.”

Mr Griffin added: “It’s not all about the winners. Lotto sales also benefit Good Causes all over Ireland. With every euro spent on National Lottery games, nearly 30 cent goes directly to Good Causes. The total amount from sales of Lotto tickets alone which has gone back to Good Causes throughout the country is a staggering €2.9 billion which has benefitted projects and organisations in the areas of health, sport welfare, education, arts and heritage.”

 

Lotto In Numbers


County by county breakdown of Lotto jackpot wins

 

County

Lotto Jackpot Wins

Total Jackpot Amount

Carlow

22

€43,670,824

Cavan

28

€52,879,738

Clare

40

€60,135,055

Cork

172

€245,936,167

Donegal

90

€116,006,844

Dublin

572

€856,434,245

Galway

92

€137,955,578

Kerry

37

€48,637,047

Kildare

69

€92,659,583

Kilkenny

24

€29,307,451

Laois

13

€21,511,177

Leitrim

9

€24,582,930

Limerick

59

€74,397,231

Longford

13

€13,288,028

Louth

76

€89,032,725

Mayo

58

€103,718,494

Meath

54

€75,074,088

Monaghan

22

€16,851,213

Offaly

19

€29,866,385

Online

4

€13,482,170

Roscommon

19

€20,032,530

Sligo

23

€34,269,036

Tipperary

51

€85,944,393

Waterford

40

€66,220,964

Westmeath

32

€67,205,418

Wexford

46

€69,095,654

Wicklow

54

€76,073,974

 

Top 10 Lotto Wins

 

1: 28 June 2008 - €18,963,441

One winning ticket - the Dan Morrissey Syndicate, Carlow

Selling Shop: Hegarty’s Staplestown Road, Carlow

 

2: 14 April 2010 - €16,717,717

One winning ticket - Waterford couple

Selling Shop: Easons, Dungarvan S.C., Dungarvan, Waterford

 

3: 23 October 2010 - €16,390,239

One winning ticket - Dublin man sharing with his family.

Selling Shop: Donnybrook Fair, Morehampton Road, Donnybrook, Dublin 4

 

4: 28 July 2007 - €16,185,749

One winning ticket - The Cunningham Family, Fairhill, Cork City

Selling Shop: Centra, 23/25 Close Road, Farranree, Cork

 

5: 26 April 2008 - €15,658,143

One winning ticket - Family from Dublin      

Selling Shop: Rowlagh News, Unit 4, Chaplins Place, Clondalkin Dublin 22

 

6: 12 March 2008 - €14,543,033

One winning ticket - Group of two from Co Kildare

Selling Shop: Tesco Ireland Cork Road, Newbridge Kildare

 

7: 18 April 2009 - €14, 530,193

One winning ticket – A couple from Glenageary, Co Dublin

Selling Shop: Spar, Glenageary S.C., Glenageary,  Dublin

 

8: 23 January 2016 - €13,793,435

One Winning Ticket - Mayo family syndicate

Selling Shop: Carey's Main Street Belmullet Co Mayo

 

9: 22 December 2007 – €13,295,379

One winning ticket - Family syndicate from Galway

Selling Shop: News & Choose Main Street, Loughrea Galway

 

10: 27 May 2009 - €13,150,324

One winning ticket – Couple from Mayo  

Selling Shop: Dalkey PO, Ulverton Place, Dalkey, Dublin

 

 

 

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Good Causes benefit from the sale of all National Lottery games

To date the National Lottery has raised over €5 billion for good causes. This level of funding has made a significant difference to communities, projects and individuals in the areas of Youth, Sports, Recreation, Amenities, Health, Welfare, Arts, Culture, National Heritage and the Irish Language.