New Ireland Lottery operator expected to raise prices
Ireland's National Lottery is expected to raise ticket prices next year as part of a shake-up of the business aimed at halting several years of declining sales.
The new operator, Premier Lotteries Ireland (PLI), is under pressure to recoup its 405 million outlay for the licence and is known to have set ambitious growth targets for its 20-year tenure in charge.
While higher ticket prices would, in theory, generate bigger jackpots and potentially more publicity around its weekly draws, the m ...
Dec 16, 2014, 9:00 am - Lottery News forum
Northern Ireland woman wins life-changing £12.9M EuroMillions jackpot
Mary Hamilton of Newtownabbey in Northern Ireland is celebrating winning 12,935,936.30 (US$20.3 million) in the multi-country EuroMillions lottery game.
At a press conference Tuesday morning at the Culloden Hotel Northern Ireland's latest lottery millionaire Mary Hamilton enjoyed a glass of Champagne to mark her big win with a Lucky Dip [Quick Pick] ticket.
The 65-year-old furniture store employee has said she and husband Alexander (67) are going to spend it and her first purchase will be ...
Nov 20, 2014, 5:53 am - Lottery News forum
Irish winners anonymously claim €86m EuroMillions jackpot
Ireland's newest millionaires have claimed their 86.7 million (US$109.2 million) winnings but will be keeping their identities a secret for now.
The National Lottery has confirmed a syndicate (pool) from Dublin collected their EuroMillions fortune from its offices in Dublin city center yesterday.
It was announced after the draw last Friday that the 86.7m prize had been won in Ireland. It is the third biggest win in the history of the National Lottery. (See $111 million EuroMillions jackpot ...
Sep 30, 2014, 8:44 am - Lottery News forum
$111 million EuroMillions jackpot won in Ireland
The hunt is on for Ireland's latest lottery millionaire after one winner hit the jackpot in the multi-country Euro Millions lottery game.
There was one winner of the EuroMillions Jackpot, a National Lottery spokesperson said.
The winning ticket was sold in Ireland.
The winning EuroMillions numbers on Friday, September 19, 2014, were 6, 8, 34, 38, and 48 and the two Lucky Stars were 3 and 9. The jackpot was worth 86.7 million, which equates to $111.3 million in US Dollars.
The win ...
Sep 22, 2014, 7:37 am - Lottery News forum
Couple brings lottery ticket on vacation not realizing it's a winner
A Dublin, Ireland, couple went on vacation with a wining lottery ticket and were oblivious to the fact that they'd won 250,000 (US$323,000).
The lucky winners checked the ticket yesterday after they came back from a trip in the sun.
They discovered they'd won the top prize in the Lotto Plus 2 draw on Saturday, August 16, and collected their quarter of a million euro check at Ireland's National Lottery offices today.
That ticket survived Barcelona, the pick-pocketing capital of the worl ...
Sep 11, 2014, 1:39 pm - Lottery News forum
Irish Lottery winner giving away $44 million fortune
A Northern Ireland woman who won 34 million (US$45.4 million) in the EuroMillions lottery is giving away a whopping 33 million (US$44.1 million).
The big-hearted Strabane woman Margaret Loughrey plans to keep just 1.25 million (US$1.7 million) of her massive fortune. Since the windfall she's been handing out money to help people in need and has already parted with 17 million (US$22.7 million).
Margaret, who was unemployed when she won the massive jackpot, says she wants to use another 16 m ...
Aug 12, 2014, 3:59 pm - Lottery News forum
EuroMillions jackpot makes poor woman one of Ireland's richest
From struggling on 70 a week in jobseeker's allowance, Margaret Loughrey is now officially one of Ireland's richest women.
But she says she will stay in her hometown despite scooping a whopping 26.9 million (US$44 million) from the EuroMillions jackpot.
Margaret, or Mags as she is known to her friends, from Strabane, Co Tyrone, struck gold after hitting five numbers and two lucky stars in the November 26th Euro Millions drawing.
The unemployed and single 48-year-old broke her silence ye ...
Dec 9, 2013, 10:01 am - Lottery News forum
Ireland National Lottery to be sold for €405M
An Post and the operators of the UK National Lottery are in line for a 405m (US$551.6 million) buyout of the Ireland National Lottery after Public Expenditure Minister said the consortium was the preferred applicant.
Brendan Howlin said the bid by Premier Lotteries Ireland, a consortium consisting of An Post and its pension funds and the Camelot group who operate the UK lottery, had met the Essential Requirements and has submitted the highest License Fee proposal .
Discussion on finalizing ...
Oct 3, 2013, 4:27 pm - Lottery News forum
Single mom finds €258,528 lottery ticket in her garbage can
A single mother from Galway, Ireland, nearly lost out on a 258,528 (US$351,482) lottery win all because she tossed her winning ticket into a garbage can.
But Lady Luck smiled on her when she eventually discovered the all-important ticket buried in the household garbage.
The Galway woman began a frantic search for the discarded EuroMillions ticket and eventually found it at the bottom of the garbage can.
She toasted her double whammy of good luck on Tuesday at the National Lottery HQ in ...
Oct 3, 2013, 8:18 am - Lottery News forum
Winning €6m Ireland Lotto ticket sold in Lahinch, Co Clare
The popular Irish seaside town of Lahinch, Co Clare is buzzing with excitement after someone bought the winning lottery ticket from Saturday's draw worth more than 6 million at a local supermarket.
Kennedy's Centra on Back Lane in the town sold the winning 4 Quick Pick ticket worth 6,158,375 (US$8.2 million) on Friday.
The winning numbers were: 4, 11, 16, 33, 43, and 45, with bonus number 10.
News of the massive win spread quickly through the town which is a popular destination for tour ...
Aug 19, 2013, 6:18 am - Lottery News forum