Lotto to mark its 3,000th draw this Saturday
Thousands of Irish lives, including 24 Lotto jackpot winners from Kilkenny, have been transformed with payments of more than €4.4 billion in prizes on the Lotto which celebrates its 3,000th draw this Saturday.
Since the very first Lotto draw on April 16 in 1988, there have been an astonishing 1,738 Lotto jackpot wins, with 745 jackpot prizes exceeding €1 million.
With this Saturday’s draw worth €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 €872 million.
Kilkenny boasts 24 wins coming to a total of just over €29 million while Tipperary has had 51 totaling almost €86 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 totaling €116 million.
Ireland’s first Lotto jackpot winner was lucky Donegal woman, Brigid McGrath from Letterkenny who scooped the £147,059 (punts) in the draw which was broadcast live.
Ireland’s first ever Lotto millionaire was Rita Power from Ballinasloe in Galway who won £1,200,937 (punts) on May 6, 1989.
On June 28 in 2008, the Dan Morrissey Syndicate from 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, said: “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 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 benefited projects and organisations in the areas of health, sport welfare, education, arts and heritage."
County by county breakdown of Lotto jackpot wins
County by county Lotto Jackpot Wins