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The Birth of the Nifty Fifty Numbers Game

Note: *The following article is purely for fun. It is based on individual opinions and does not constitute advice. The drawing of lottery numbers is entirely random. Please always gamble responsibly.

Nifty Fifty is a catchy term that has regularly popped up in modern culture. Indeed, most recently it made news after being revealed as the name of a new numbers betting game available at leading bookmaker, Betfred.

But Nifty Fifty has come to mean several different things too, over the years.

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The Ultimate List of Lottery Statistics

Note: *The following article is purely for fun. It is based on individual opinions and does not constitute advice. The drawing of lottery numbers is entirely random. Please always gamble responsibly.

Have you ever wondered what the odds of winning the lottery are, what the biggest jackpot ever won was or even if anyone has ever won the lottery more than once?

Here we’ve compilated the ultimate list of the best and most interesting lottery statistics, covering lottos from around the world, including the National Lottery, EuroMillions, America’s lotteries and more.

Read on for some truly jaw-dropping lotto statistics...

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Which UK Lottery Has The Best Odds Of Winning?

Note: *The following article is purely for fun. It is based on individual opinions and does not constitute advice. The drawing of lottery numbers is entirely random. Please always gamble responsibly.

Approximately 70% of the UK population play the lottery - that’s a whopping 45 million people. It’s easy to see why so many of us love the lotto - it’s an opportunity to turn a tiny amount of money into a life changing sum. With the average UK National Lottery jackpot at approximately 10 million pounds it could give us the chance to travel the world and generally live out our dreams.

When it comes to engaging with lottery Jackpots from the UK we are spoilt for choice - there’s traditional lotteries, charity lotteries and ‘Bet On Jackpots’. Let’s look at what each of these are:

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Here’s the Reason You Can’t Bet on Irish Lotto at Betfair (But Here’s Where You Can)

Note: *The following article is purely for fun. It is based on individual opinions and does not constitute advice. The drawing of lottery numbers is entirely random. Please be aware that odds, offers and features are constantly subject to change. Please always gamble responsibly.

Betfair has revolutionised the gambling industry since the company was launched shortly after the turn of the millennium.

Indeed, when it comes to sports betting, you’re unlikely to find better odds anywhere else.


Because Betfair isn’t your typical bookmaker, it is actually a betting exchange website.

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Health Lottery v National Lottery: Odds of Winning

Note: *The following article is purely for fun. It is based on individual opinions and does not constitute advice. The drawing of lottery numbers is entirely random. Please always gamble responsibly.

The Health Lottery and the National Lottery are two of the most popular lottery games in the UK. But the big question is: which provides players with the best chance of winning?

Here, we will dig deep into the numbers to see which lottery is best for you...

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BOTB Odds Of Winning - Is It Good Value For Money?

Note: *The following article is purely for fun. It is based on individual opinions and does not constitute advice. The drawing of lottery numbers is entirely random. Please always gamble responsibly.

Is BOTB good value? Spoiler alert: It’s not. Let us explain...

Firstly, we should say that BOTB is not a lottery. BOTB is a competition with a skillful element required - Spot The Ball. However, similar to a lottery, you have a small stake/entry cost for a small chance of winning a large jackpot/prize.

It’s fair to say that BOTB is huge - operating since 1999, listed on the stock exchange since 2006 and have given away £32M worth of cars. They currently operate three prize draws per week - weekly dream car, weekly lifestyle and midweek car.

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The Nifty Fifty Lotto Compared With 49's and Irish Lottos

Note: *The following article is purely for fun. It is based on individual opinions and does not constitute advice. The drawing of lottery numbers is entirely random. Please always gamble responsibly.

Here at we’re big fans of the 49's lotto - great odds, great returns, lotteries drawn twice a day, the draw is televised in the local bookies and there are some great welcome offers from the online bookmakers.

Unfortunately, the 49’s lotto has been suspended since 23/03/20. This has meant less Lotto excitement on the days when the Irish Lotto isn’t drawn. Sure, there’s the Daily Million, however, 3 balls on the Daily Million is 400/1* - that’s significantly less than the 700/1* available on 3 balls for the 49’s.

Step up The Nifty Fifty.

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Boyle Sports Offer

Bet 1, Get 3 Free at Boyle Lotto

Terms: 18+. Min stake €/£2. Min odds 1/2. First bet only. Register between 27/03/2020 00:00 BST and 01/05/2020 23:59 BST to qualify from selected partner links. Free bets expire in 7 days. One Free bet offer per customer, household and IP address only. Qualifying bet must be placed within 30 days of account opening. Cashed out bets won’t apply. Freebet stakes will not qualify for this offer. Free bets will not qualify for any other special offers. Payment method restrictions. Irish and UK customers only. View full terms & conditions

From the 21st April until the 1st May 2020 Boyle Sports are offering 3 free bets (credited together) when you bet 1 line on any lottery.

Boyle Sports are a large, reputable bookmaker that operates in both the UK and Ireland. When reviewed Boyle Sports they came out with a four out of five star rating...

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US Powerball Jackpot Slashed

Powerball & Mega Millions Jackpots Slashed Due To Coronavirus

The US Powerball and US Mega Millions are famous the world over for their huge jackpots - the US Powerball made international headlines in October 2016 with their record-breaking $1.6 Billion (that’s with a ‘B’) jackpot.

Both the US Powerball and US Mega Millions have also been growing in popularity across the UK with companies such as Lottoland, LottoGo and Unibet offering bets on the US draws - you’re not actually buying a ticket on the official draw, however, the mechanics are the same - choose 5 numbers from 1–69 and a ‘PowerBall’ from 1-26 with a chance to win the huge jackpot.

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49's Lotto Suspended

We regret to inform you that lottery betting on the 49’s has been suspended. The operator behind the 49’s lotto announced the following today (23/03/20):

We are sorry but the 49’s products are suspended until further notice. We hope our staff and customers stay safe and we will be back as soon as it’s safe to operate -, 23/03/20

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UK Betting Shops have closed - how can I bet on the Irish Lotto?

These are incredibly uncertain times, and firstly we’d like to say that we hope all visitors to our site stay safe and healthy.

At the time of writing (21/03/2020), this is the first day since UK retail bookmakers (including Betfred, Willian Hill, Ladbrokes, Coral and Paddy Power) have had to close their doors.

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Enhanced Irish Lotto Odds at Betfred

Although Betfred are currently equal best odds on the Irish Lottery for 3 balls they’ve decided to up the ante once again - from March 9th until April 4th they are boosting their Irish Lotto 3 balls odds to either 750/1 or 800/1 depending on which day you bet.

Betting on 3 balls on the Irish Lotto is one of the most popular lotto bets given it’s large returns and long history on the high street bookmakers across the UK and Ireland. Currently, you can bet on the Irish Lotto at six different major UK and Irish bookmakers. All six bookmakers set their own odds, despite the probability of winning obviously being exactly the same. This means it can pay to keep track of the best bookmaker to use. This is where comes in.

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Lotto syndicates scam exposed

Make Sure you Read this BEFORE you Play or Bet with An Online Lottery Syndicate

We all know the theory behind lottery syndicates - you and a group of mates play the lottery together and agree to divide any winnings by the number of people in the syndicate - simple and effective. According to the UK National Lottery 1 in 6 lottery wins are through syndicates.

These days to save you the hassle of organising your own syndicate agreement and chasing your mates for money, companies in the UK such as Lotto Social and Wshful let you join syndicates online. These companies claim to offer you the chance to “increase your chances of winning” on lotteries such as the Euromillions, UK National Lottery and Irish Lotto...

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US Powerball from the UK

Can I Win The US Powerball From The UK?

The answer is Yes and No... don’t worry we’ll explain! No you can’t win the official US Powerball Lotto buying directly from the UK (unless someone or a company buys a ticket on your behalf in the USA) BUT YES you can win the equivalent directly from the UK online. (See Ways to Play)

The basics are exactly the same for UK and US citizens - you pay a small amount to win an exceptionally large amount. So, what is the difference? Let’s simply compare the options for someone who is based in the USA and someone who is based in the UK:

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Betfred Irish Lotto Enhanced 750/1 Odds Opportunity

Love Irish Lotto... and football? Well Betfred have the perfect offer for you tonight (Wednesday 03/12/2019).

Liverpool are reigning supreme this season and if they continue their winning run tonight, they might not be the only winners.

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49's Lotto Betting Lovers: Reset your Watches!

Remember, remember what happens in November... the 49’s Lotto teatime draw shifts to the winter slot of 16:49.

First the bad news:

You have one hour less time to get your bets placed for the 49’s teatime draws each day.

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New Feature: The Lottery Multiple Bet Calculator

Over five years ago was launched with our easy to use odds comparison tables - helping you get the best value for money by comparing all of the UK bookmakers in one easy format. We highlighted the best odds and the best offers...

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Betfred Smashes Record Payout with £1.1 Million 49’s Lotto Winner

The massive payout was the happy result of a number of successful bets on the 49’s lunchtime lotto draw on Tuesday 13th August.

The story of the winner has an international flavour as Kuala Lumpur-born winner Edwin Chiew, son of a Chinese father and Malaysian mother, set off for the UK a quarter of a century ago to work in a kitchen...

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Brand New Feature: Lotto ‘Geek’ v Lotto ‘Guru’: This Week’s Irish Lotto Number Predictions

Picking lottery numbers can be tricky. Some people use birthdays, some have lucky numbers and some just use the lucky dip. But we’ve spoken to two lotto betting lovers who have their own special techniques they use... So, say hello to the Lotto ‘Guru’ and the Lotto ‘Geek’! Every week they’re going to help us pick out numbers on the Irish Lotto and see if they can find a winner...

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Why is Lotto Betting so Popular at Christmas?

Did you know that Christmas is one of the busiest times of the year for the lottery industry - including the Irish and 49's Lotto?

But why is this? In the below article, we’ll explore exactly why so many people are betting on lottery during the festive period...

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Lottoland Give Away World Record €90 Million to ONE Player for Lotto Bet!

Guinness World Records have confirmed that the €90 million (£79 million) prize awarded by Lottoland to a lucky German player is the biggest largest online gambling pay-out in history.

Some believe this will see a surge of business for Lottoland with previously sceptical customers getting official reassurance on the Lottoland payout model...

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Grandad Wins £150,000 from £1 on Irish Lotto at Betfred... after finding out he would lose his job

A 56-year-old grandad from Hyde, Paul Walker, has won £150,000 from a £1 stake when betting on the Irish Lotto at Betfred - in the very same week he found out he was being made redundant.

But it wasn’t instant joy for Paul when the draw was made – as he forgot he had made the bet and didn’t discover it until four days later...

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Irish Lotto Price Rise (And How To Beat It)

If you hadn't heard yet, we're sorry to the bearer of bad news... the price of the official Irish lottery is set to rise in September 2018.

We explore below whether Irish lotto lovers have any options to avoid the hike, through alternative companies like Bet365, Betfred & Lottoland.

This price jump will make it the second time that the Canadian owned operator, Premier Lotteries Ireland (PLI), has increased prices since they took over in the Lotto privatisation in 2015...

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Irish Customer wins 33,000/1 Friday Night EuroMillions Bet at BoyleSports

Friday night... a 25 cent bet... 5 numbers... and the rest as they say is history! The lucky customer beat the bookie and the 33,000/1 odds to kick off their weekend in style.

We can reveal that the customer had selected 3, 16, 25 and 44 and was delighted to discover the results that these hot numbers had delivered a massive profit. The County Monaghan customer was one of a growing worldwide base discovering the huge excitement of Lottery betting.

BoyleSports (at time of writing) offer incredible EuroMillions betting odds. As we explained in our recent article, BoyleSports offered a 65% better payout than the UK EuroMillions Hotpicks official offering for 4 balls.

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EuroMillions HotPicks v Betting

EuroMillions HotPicks vs Betting On EuroMillions

If you've been watching UK television, you've probably noticed that the marketing brains behind EuroMillions HotPicks have launched a massive campaign to promote this new game with the slogan 'Get more than you expected'. compares this new Hotpicks format with betting on the outcome using a bookmaker. Which fared better? Read on..

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Bet365 Lotto

Do You Love The New Irish Daily Million Lottery Betting At Bet365?

At ComparetheLotto we highly rate the Lotto betting experience at Bet365. Now we've got another reason to love them... we were now able to bet on the Irish Daily Millions lottery.

Even better, the odds/payout that were available at the time of writing this article (remember odds are subject to change) are absolutely fantastic.

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Betfred Lotto Line Insurance

Betfred Launch their Fantastic Line Insurance Offer across All Lottos!

Now you have the reassurance that if you miss out by just one number on a 4 ball bet on any lottery, Betfred will return your stake as a free bet up to £10!

We've all been there… the excitement as your chosen balls roll in… then the frustration when one lets you down. It probably feels like the Lotto betting equivalent of your team missing a penalty in the 90th minute for your team to win the Champions League!

This Lotto line insurance offer means that any-time you match 3 balls from your chosen 4, Betfred will credit your stake as a free bet to have another go.

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What are the Luckiest Numbers in the Lotto?

We all know the lottery is simply down to statistics and probability, right? Well that is definitely true, but what is also a fact is that certain numbers appear to defy the statistical probabilities and be drawn more than others.

In a recent article in the Daily Mail, these numbers were referred to as the ‘luckiest' numbers. They quoted research conducted by Jackpot, analysing a year of more than 1,500 draws from 15 international lotteries including Irish Lotto, EuroMillions, UK Lotto and US Powerball....

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Bet365 Lotto Specials

Make Your Irish Lotto Bets even more Special at Bet365!

You probably know that at Bet365, you can choose your favourite numbers and simply bet that they'll be selected in your preferred lotto draw. If you're not aware of this, take a look at our lotto betting guide.

Many people are unaware though, that Bet 365 also offer other ways to make every lotto draw even more exciting. These are called Lotto Special bets or markets.

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Betfred Lotto Travel The World

Travel the World with Betfred Lotto and win £10,000 cash plus exotic holidays!

For a limited time, Betfred are giving Lotto betting customers an additional perk above their world beating Lotto odds.

Each week, U.K. Customers can simply bet £1 or more on the specific Lottery and win holiday vouchers to whisk you off around the world.

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Betfred Irish Lotto Odds

Why Are Betfred So Popular For Irish Lotto Betting?

As common now on the U.K. high street as Marks and Sparks or a Spar, Betfred has clearly risen ahead of its retail competitors (William Hill, Ladbrokes, Coral and Paddy Power) in at least one area... lottery betting.

The main reason... incredible odds and value for money, particularly for the Irish Lotto and more and more people are now using them online.

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Lottoland Launches WorldMillions, Its Own First Online Lottery

Lottoland are continuing to disrupt the lottery world by taking on the established industry. Their latest shake up involves the launch of their own online Lotto product; WorldMillions.

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Waiting for payday... Fancy a 10p bet on the EuroMillions?!

One of the reasons we love lotto betting at ComparetheLotto is the flexibility it offers. A great example of that is betting on the EuroMillions Lotto draw with BoyleSports Lotto. They take flexibility to the next level with minimum stakes starting a just 1p! We believe that really is a recession busting, lotto leveller. It allows everyone to get involved with the excitement of the lottery at a budget that suits them.

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UK gov to ban lotto betting

Will The UK Government Ban Lottery Betting?

It is a hugely popular past time in the UK with more and more people enjoying a fixed odds lotto bet. However there are some rumours circulating that the UK government may be about to stop the fun. UK betting companies have already been stopped from taking bets on the National Lottery and EuroMillions draws...

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Naughty Lottoland

Naughty Lottoland... Remember You're Betting Not Buying A Ticket

Lottoland have been slapped on the wrist and had a radio ad banned by the ASA for implying customers were buying lottery tickets and not betting. The game changing lotto betting operator has become a massive growth success story and takes bets on lotteries around the world...

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Boom... It’s Irish Lotto Results Time

Results Time... unlike in school days, it’s the most eagerly anticipated time of the week. Excitement, hope and trepidation… could this finally be the week you tell your boss where to stick it when you scoop a life changing tax free wedge of cash?

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Lottoland Arrive in Ireland

Big, bold, brash and trying to take over from the establishment in a country... nope we're not talking about Donald Trump's presidential bid.

We're referring to the launch of Lottoland in Ireland, the home of one of the most popular lotteries; the Greek Lotto... Of course we mean the Irish Lotto, just checking you're paying attention...

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Quick Guide to Lotto - Infographic have created an infographic to help you with the tough decision - which lotto should I play? There's more than twenty international lotteries to play out there and they all have different positives - some have bigger jackpots, some have a higher chance of winning. With this easy to use infographic we help you choose the perfect lotto for you.

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A Double Dose of Daily Millions

You can't get too much of a great thing... That seems to be the thinking from the good people at the Irish National Lottery and their recent decision to launch another Daily Millions draw.

Irish lotto lovers used to have to bide their time from Wednesday until Saturday for the next draw with the main Irish Lotto.

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Lottery Betting made Simple

You love lotto betting, you want to get the best deal... but you're always unbelievably busy so you don't have time to spend trawling through the nitty gritty... Does that sound like you?

Whether it's changing stinky nappies, writing boring reports for work or keeping up to date with requests on your Tinder profile (lucky you)... there's just not enough hours in the day....

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What is the 49's Lotto and how do the odds compare?

You've probably heard the saying - you can't get too much of a good thing. Well that is the main principle behind the 49's Lotto. It is a great option for people who love lotto betting but might not want to wait until Wednesday or Saturday for the Irish Lotto draw for example... or they might want a cheeky little lunchtime bet. Let's face it - I'd imagine there aren't many things sweeter than going on your lunch break at work having just won £150,000 from a £1 bet... Probably a fair excuse to upgrade your 6 inch to a foot long - and you'd better be buying for the whole office.

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Betfred Lotto - Don't worry, Be 'Appy

It's the 3 letter word that everyone seems to be constantly talking about these days... No - not that one, behave. It's the app word and at Compare the Lotto we want to tell you Lottery lovers about a Lotto betting app from Betfred Lotto that could change your life (well, sort of).

Firstly, just in case you didn't know (we had to look it up ourselves for the correct definition) - a mobile app is simply defined as a software application for use on smartphones and tablets.

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The Odds of winning the UK Lotto have decreased - what other options do I have?

Camelot - what is your game?

You may have switched on your television to watch the Saturday night UK Lotto draw and thought the ball drawing machine Lancelot or Merlin had malfunctioned. Where have these extra 10 balls come from, you might have asked?

Well following on from the Irish Lotto changes, Camelot have tried something similar to the UK Lotto with the biggest changes in its 21 year history.

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The Irish Lottery and odds of winning have changed - how does it affect me?

We break it down to the Good, the Bad and the Amusing...

There is a new lottery operator in town running the Irish Lotto draw - their name is PLI (Premier Lotteries Ireland) and they've brought about some pretty big changes from September 3rd 2015. PLI are promoting these changes under the tagline of 'Bigger Better Draws'....

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Paddy Power Lotto Site Redesigned - How does it compare?

Paddy Power are the kings of social media marketing and viral stunts - however there is method to their madness and they mostly back up the nutty nonsense with a strong user experience and offering in Sports and E-Gaming.

They've grabbed headlines and caused havoc for a whole array of stunts:

  • Oscar Time: money back if Oscar Pistorius walked
  • Rainbow Laces: raising the issue of homophobia in football
  • Celebrities wearing green Y-fronts
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4 Reasons You Should BET on the Lotto instead of Buying a Ticket

You don't have to buy a ticket for the lottery these days. Now you can also bet on the lottery, staking as little or as much as you want. You don't even have to pick six numbers.

Various online bookmakers, such as Betfred, bet365 and Paddy Power all offer a host of lottery markets on their websites. But why is it better to bet on the lottery, rather than buy a good old fashioned ticket? Well, here are four of the most popular reasons why many other people have torn up their tickets for the last time...

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What would you do if you won the Irish Lotto?

That money you spent having a bet on the Irish Lotto... hoping.
The lottery machine span. Balls fell. Your heart raced.
That moment has arrived. You never thought it would happen. But tonight it has.
That £1 investment.
That wise £1 investment.
You check your Irish Lottery results and your lucky number has come in.
BOOM! £6 profit (good job you found the best price)!
So what could you do with your £6 after correctly predicting one number on this week's lotto? Well... here are our top eight recommendations to make the most of your new found wealth.

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What is The Irish Daily Millions?

What is Daily Million, Ireland’s other lottery?

Basically, it is, as its name suggests, a lottery draw that takes place every day, with a €1 million prize always up for grabs. It differs from the Irish Lotto though, as it offers fixed prizes, but not rollovers. A big perk of the Daily Million is that it costs a mere €1 to play.

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Why is the Irish Lotto so Popular?

Ever wondered why the Irish Lottery is so popular?

Well, mostly it's because it's better value than the UK Lotto, with two lines costing €3, and gives you a 42% higher chance of winning the main prize, which is always worth in excess of €2 million. You can also play the Irish Lotto from anywhere in the UK.

Basically, why wouldn't you play the Irish Lotto instead of the UK Lotto?

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5 Ways to Improve Your Lotto Experience with

The lottery isn't what it used to be.

You used to pick your numbers, buy a ticket and then cross your fingers on a Saturday night… usually followed by ripping up your ticket and declaring it a waste of money.

But things have changed. There are so many more ways to play the lottery now – and to get much better value when doing so. The odds have never been better for players.

So, how do you know the best way to get better value? That's where comes in. We're an independent, unbiased website that enhances your lotto experience – and below are the five main reasons why....

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