Revealed: The counties that have won the most Lotto jackpots
The counties that have won the most cash are ranked too
The capital has the luckiest National Lotto winners, with punters in the capital hitting the jackpot 572 times and scooping more than €856 million between them, a new report has revealed.
While people in the capital have enjoyed a Lot' of luck, players in Longford had the least amount of Lotto winners in Ireland, taking home just over €13m from 13 jackpots.
The National Lottery released the figures today ahead of their milestone 3,000th draw on Saturday, when an incredible €4.5m will be up for grabs.
They revealed a county-by-county breakdown of where people have hit the jackpot, including stats on how many people have scooped the top Lotto prize after playing online.
While Dublin exceeded every other county in terms of winners, Cork came in second, with 172 jackpot wins totalling €245m.
Finishing up the top three was Galway, where €137m in prizes was scooped over 92 jackpot wins.
Since the very first draw on April 16 1988, there have been 1,738 Lotto jackpot wins, with 745 prizes worth more than €1m.
While winners have netted over €4.4billion in prizes, a massive €2.9bn has also been raised for good causes nationwide through the game.
The very first Lotto jackpot winner was Donegal woman Brigid McGrath, who won IR£147,059.
Our first ever Lotto millionaire was Rita Power, who is from Ballinsaloe in Co Galway.
Ms Power netted IR£1,200,937 on May 6 1989.
The Dan Morrissey Syndicate from Co Carlow won a record-breaking €18.9 million on June 28 2008, which still stands today.
The National Lottery's Chief Executive Dermot Griffin said today that the game has become part of Irish culture and has changed many lives over the years.
“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 said.
Mr Griffin added that it's not just the punters who have benefited from the National Lottery.
He said: “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.”
County Lotto Jackpot Wins Total Jackpot Amount
Dublin 572 €856,434,245
Cork 172 €245,936,167
Galway 92 €137,955,578
Donegal 90 €116,006,844
Mayo 58 €103,718,494
Kildare 69 €92,659,583
Louth 76 €89,032,725
Tipperary 51 €85,944,393
Wicklow 54 €76,073,974
Meath 54 €75,074,088
Limerick 59 €74,397,231
Wexford 46 €69,095,654
Westmeath 32 €67,205,418
Waterford 40 €66,220,964
Clare 40 €60,135,055
Cavan 28 €52,879,738
Kerry 37 €48,637,047
Carlow 22 €43,670,824
Sligo 23 €34,269,036
Offaly 19 €29,866,385
Kilkenny 24 €29,307,451
Leitrim 9 €24,582,930
Laois 13 €21,511,177
Roscommon 19 €20,032,530
Monaghan 22 €16,851,213
Online 4 €13,482,170
Longford 13 €13,288,028