Top prizes missing from Ireland Lottery games blamed on 'human error'
Some jackpots were literally impossible to win
By Kate Northrop
The Regulator of Ireland's National Lottery released a report today that confirmed four jackpot prizes worth a combined 180,000 (US$211,544) in three separate scratch-off games went missing, making them impossible to win.
In November 2019, the National Lottery's regulator was notified that the number of jackpots offered in three separate scratch-off games was inaccurate compared to the number of jackpots actually available ...
Oct 8, 2020, 5:46 pm - Lottery News forum
Dublin woman claims €49.5 million EuroMillions lottery jackpot
It's the 16th time a EuroMillions jackpot has been won in Ireland since the game's inception in 2004
By Kate Northrop
The 49.5 million (US$58.35 million) EuroMillions jackpot from the July 21, 2020 draw has officially been claimed by a woman from Dublin as of Friday, but her new reality has yet to sink in.
The winner, who claimed the monumental prize anonymously, has had a hard time wrapping her head around the sudden change, even three weeks after she found out that she won the jackpot ...
Aug 10, 2020, 10:37 am - Lottery News forum
Small-town newsstand in Ireland sells its fourth winning lottery ticket
Shop owner's luck refuses to run out
By Kate Northrop
Third time's the charm is apparently not enough for a small-town newsstand in west Ireland. Irish lottery players might find themselves drawn to the lucky little store in Ballinrobe after it sold its fourth significant winning lottery ticket.
Martin Murphy, 68, the owner of Murphys Newsagent on Main Street, celebrated on Thursday after discovering that he sold the winning ticket for the 2.8 million (US$3.2 million) Ireland National L ...
Jul 7, 2020, 10:31 am - Lottery News forum
Ireland Lottery releasing €16 million in unclaimed funds to help battle against COVID-19
Unclaimed Ireland Lottery funds of 16 million (US$17.5 million) are being rapidly released to help battle coronavirus.
The money will see its way towards the frontline as the country ramps-up its response to the unprecedented spread of the lethal disease.
Paschal Donohoe has announced that the windfall from the National Lottery is coming into the government's coffers early.
This will help the Government's efforts now as the country battles to beat back the deadly virus.
The money wil ...
Apr 1, 2020, 2:35 pm - Lottery News forum
Ireland lottery jackpot winner loses ticket twice
A Dublin woman admitted to losing her winning Lotto ticket twice after finding out that she was one of two lucky winners to sharing a massive 7.7 million (US$8.4 million) jackpot.
Lightning struck twice last week when it was revealed that not one but two Dubliners had matched all numbers, claiming a payout of 3,886,999 each following the Wednesday, January 29 draw.
The woman, who wants to remain anonymous, purchased her Quick Pick ticket at the Circle K Service Station in Kilmainham, Dubli ...
Feb 12, 2020, 9:16 am - Lottery News forum
Lottery first-timer's $551,575 winner nearly ended up in trash
An Ireland man who bought his first-ever lottery ticket said the $551,575 winner nearly ended up in the trash at his local store.
The Dublin dad was thanking his lucky stars today in the Ireland National Lottery Winner's Room as he claimed his check for 500,000 (US$551,575), which was a top prize won in the EuroMillions Plus draw on Tuesday, October 8.
His winning Quick Pick ticket was bought at the Centra store on Grange Road in Rathfarnham, Dublin 14.
And he revealed that while he has ...
Oct 14, 2019, 8:27 pm - Lottery News forum
Ireland Lotto winner had bank card declined hours before discovering €1m win
All the hardship this last while, Odhr n Doherty said with tears streaming down his face as he pulled his brother Shane into a firm embrace outside the National Lottery headquarters on Dublin's Abbey Street on Tuesday afternoon.
The 23-year-old farmer from Raphoe Co Donegal had just arrived in Dublin in a white Hummer to collect the 1 million (US$1.12 million) prize he had won on the Lotto Plus 1 draw on Saturday night.
As he picked up the check he recalled how less than 72 hours earlier ...
Apr 3, 2019, 8:10 am - Lottery News forum
Irish family celebrate after record €175 million lottery win
A family from a village outside Dublin, Ireland, has claimed a 175 million (US$198.7 million) EuroMillions jackpot after stashing the winning ticket in an Argos catalog under a mattress.
The family spent the day digesting and celebrating the news that it had won Ireland's biggest-ever jackpot.
This is unbelievable. It will take us some time to get our heads around this win and to organise ourselves, said a spokesperson for the family, which has not been named.
We are a very close fami ...
Feb 21, 2019, 8:24 am - Lottery News forum
Irish family claims €38.9m EuroMillions jackpot anonymously
A small pool of family members from Dublin, Ireland, collected a life-changing 38.9 million (US$46.5 million) EuroMillions lottery jackpot prize on Monday morning, following their huge win earlier this month.
The family members, who all wish to remain anonymous, bought the winning EuroMillions jackpot quick pick on the day of the draw, Friday December 29, at The Village Shop in Malahide.
Collecting their prize, the ecstatic family said that the last week has been a blur and revealed they a ...
Jan 10, 2018, 12:02 pm - Lottery News forum
Irish lottery site and ticket machines hit by DDoS attack
Customers trying to buy tickets for the 12 million (US$13 million) Ireland Lotto draw found themselves unable to do so for nearly two hours.
The jackpot was the largest in 18 months.
Premier Lotteries Ireland (PLI), the Lottery's operator, has said the incident is under investigation.
During a DDoS attack, a website or online service's capacity to handle internet traffic is overloaded usually by automated programs set to flood the site with requests.
The attack began at 11:21 GMT on ...
Jan 21, 2016, 4:11 pm - Lottery News forum