Playing games of luck is usually associated with online casinos and games like poker, blackjack and roulette, sometimes with betting on sports. But one of the very first types of these games that humans invented was the lottery: drawing lots to determine a winner at random is the definition of an invitation to Lady Luck. There is a different type of thrill when it comes to playing the lottery and you do not need to confine yourself just to those available in your home country: there are quite a few lotteries that are now open to people from Ireland wishing to play.
Go for Three Weekly Draws
According to Lottoland, there are a few national lotteries that are available to Irish citizens, like French and German Lotto. The French national lottery is a nice way to get acquainted with playing in other European lotteries, as it is relatively straightforward and offers a lot of winning chances. It offers three weekly draws, taking place on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays at 7.30 pm, which explains its popularity in France. The three weekly draws mean that the jackpot is increased three times per week, 50% faster than lotteries with two weekly draws.
Players choose five numbers between 1 and 49 and then another lucky jackpot number from 1 to 10. When you hit a match of all 5 numbers and the lucky number, you hit the jackpot – but French lotto offers many opportunities to win, from matching just the bonus number to guessing all five regular numbers correctly, which increases the chances of success in other prize categories.
The Polish Lotto also offers three weekly draws (Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays) and allows you to bet starting from very low, so you can cut back on losses. The difference is that you pick all six numbers from between 1 and 49 and there is no bonus lucky number – so not so many winning combos.
EuroMillions and Spanish El Niño among Top Choices
The Swedish lotto is popular as well for its several winning combos provided for very low bets that allow you to increase your chances of hitting the big jackpot – or, as the Swedish call it, the Drömvinsten, which translates to Dream Win. And then there is always EuroMillions, a pan-European lottery available in Ireland, the UK, Austria, France, Belgium, Portugal, Spain, Luxembourg and Switzerland.
It pools together the ticket sales from these nine countries, meaning the jackpot increases, with weekly draws every Tuesday and Friday. Players choose five numbers from 1 to 50 and another two bonus numbers (known as Lucky Star) from 1 to 12. Even matching two numbers can get you something, while past jackpots have reached €190 million.
But our personal favorite among European lotteries is the legendary El Niño in Spain, that is now available to players outside of the country. Spaniards know how to do lotteries – their world-renowned Christmas lottery, which is called El Gordo de Navidad (which means “The Christmas Fatty”), is also open to participants from across the world.
El Gordo, which is the world’s biggest lottery, has been taking place since 1812 and last year it had a total prize pool of over €2.5 billion. El Niño is sort of like El Gordo’s younger sibling, as it takes place every January 6th and resembles El Gordo in its raffle-like system. You can choose any number between 00000 and 99999, which are distributed across 100,000 tickets that are subdivided into décimos, meaning one-tenth of a ticket.
So, choose your favorite among these superb options - and who knows? Lady Luck might be smiling on your international ventures today!