Taoiseach announces €5 BILLION raised for Good Causes all over Ireland by National Lottery in last 30 years
National Lottery celebrates its 30th birthday in Ireland with Good Cause milestone
Taoiseach (Prime Minister of Ireland) Leo Varadkar T.D recently announced that the National Lottery has raised a landmark €5 Billion for Good Causes all over Ireland in the last 30 years, making a crucial contribution to life in communities and organisations right across the country.
Mr Varadkar made the announcement during a live broadcast of a special extended Lotto draw in front of a live audience on Ireland’s national broadcaster, RTÉ One television to mark the National Lottery’s 30th anniversary.
Speaking before the start of the draw, An Taoiseach, Mr Varadkar spoke of the special place the National Lottery holds in Irish society, having been set up by the Government in 1987 with the express purpose of raising funds for good causes in the areas of health, sport, arts and heritage, youth and the environment.
“Thousands of communities, individuals and organisations have benefited from National Lottery funding over the last three decades and I am delighted to celebrate and to mark this milestone,” he said.
“There isn’t a community, town or townland in Ireland that hasn’t benefited from the National Lottery in some way since its foundation. That includes financial support for sports clubs, disability, local social and health services, artistic projects, and the Irish language. 30c in every euro spent on the Lottery goes back to Good Causes.”
National Lottery CEO, Dermot Griffin, said generating funds for deserving causes in society has been the guiding principle for all National Lottery’s activities over its lifetime.
Mr Griffin said it is testimony to this vision and the generosity of the people of Ireland, through good times and bad, that the National Lottery has raised over €5 billion euro for Good Causes in communities across Ireland. “Having been a member of the National Lottery team for over 10 years and having seen the hard work needed to produce these results I am immensely proud of this achievement. “
“Approximately 30c of every euro generated by National Lottery sales going towards projects in the areas of sport and recreation, health and welfare, national heritage, the arts, and the Irish language. That amounts to over half a million Euros every day. Last year alone €210 million was raised for Good Causes. These funds play an invaluable role in maintaining and supporting the vital services and infrastructure which help to define Ireland, our communities and our culture.”
Mr Griffin added: “The National Lottery, on behalf of the people of Ireland, will continue to grow in partnership with Good Causes, beneficiaries, Government, our valued retailer network and most importantly with our players.”
He said it should also not be forgotten the part which attracts everyone to the lottery in the first place – the winners – of which there have been many. “Winners come in all shapes and sizes from the 20 plus person syndicate that wins a few hundred euro each to the big EuroMillions winners who win life changing amounts of money. To date, we are delighted to say that the National Lottery has had over 800 prizes over €1 million, creating many, many more Irish millionaires.”
“Over three decades, our relationship with RTÉ (Ireland’s National broadcaster) has been tremendously important to the promotion and development of the National Lottery. Arguably the greatest testimony to this relationship can be seen in the longevity of Winning Streak, one of Europe’s longest running TV game shows, now running for over 25 years.”
He said the National Lottery will continue to adapt and change to ensure that it the remains relevant to society and, in doing so, gain sales in a responsible manner and increase returns to Good Causes. He said it has invested heavily in technology, both in-store and online, so that players can have the best possible modern user experience. “To reflect the changing times today more than 700,000 National Lottery Apps have been downloaded and we have more than 380,000 registered players online.”
The National Lottery in numbers
- More than 800 prizes in excess of €1million have been paid out by the National Lottery in the last 30 years .
- €5 Billion has been raised for Good Causes, supporting projects in the areas of health, sport, arts, heritage, welfare and the environment.
- 1,728 players have won the Lotto jackpot.
- 11 Irish players have won the EuroMillions Jackpot.
- In total €1 €Billion has been won by Irish EuroMillions players since 2004.
- There are now more than 700,000 IOS and Android National Lottery Apps downloaded in Ireland making it one of the most
- downloaded Apps in the country.
- There are 380,000 registered on line players.
- There are approximately 5,000 retailers selling National Lottery products in Ireland.
The €5 Billion in Good Causes monies raised is the equivalent of funding:
- Over 17 Croke Park Stadiums.
- Training 131,578 Guide Dogs.
- Supplying 4.2 million Defibrillators.
- Providing 100,000 mobility modified minibuses.
- Distributing over 16 million self-propelled wheelchairs.
- 200 million footballs.
- Since 1987, National Lottery funded Olympic Athletes have won 18 Olympic medals.
Last year alone...
- 895 local sports projects were awarded over €45 million.
- Arts projects nationwide received over €78 million in funding.
- The National Lottery fund contributed over €2 million towards Irish language support schemes.
- Over €7 million in National Lottery funding was awarded by the HSE & Department of Health.
- History was made in 1989 when Rita Power from Co. Galway became Ireland’s first Lotto millionaire. Since then, in excess of 800 €1million plus prizes have been paid out by the National Lottery.
- In 2005, Dolores McNamara smashed National Lotter records to become the biggest ever jackpot winner. Lucky Dolores won over €115 million in the EuroMillions jackpot.
- The Dan Morrissey Syndicate of 15 work colleagues from Co. Carlow won the largest Lotto jackpot prize of €18.9 million in 2008.
Top 10 Lotto Wins
1: 28 June 2008 - €18,963,441
One winning ticket
Dan Morrissey Syndicate, Carlow
Selling Shop: Hegartys Staplestown Road, Carlow
2: 14 April 2010 - €16,717,717
One winning ticket - Waterford couple
Selling Shop: Easons, Dungarvan S.C., Dungarvan, Waterford
3: 23 October 2010 - €16,390,239
One winning ticket - Dublin man sharing with his family Selling Shop: Donnybrook Fair, 89 Morehampton Road, Donnybrook Dublin 4
4: 28 July 2007 - €16,185,749
One winning ticket - The Cunningham Family, Fairhill, Cork City Selling Shop: Centra, 23/25 Close Road, Farranree, Cork
5: 26 April 2008 - €15,658,143
One winning ticket - Family from Dublin
Selling Shop: Rowlagh News, Unit 4, Chaplins Place, Clondalkin Dublin 22
6: 12 March 2008 - €14,543,033
One winning ticket - group of two from Co Kildare Selling Shop: Tesco Ireland Cork Road, Newbridge Kildare
7: 18 April 2009 - €14, 530,193
One winning ticket – a couple from Glenageary, Co Dublin Selling Shop: Spar, Glenageary S.C., Glenageary, Dublin
8: 23 January 2016 - €13,793,435
One Winning Ticket - Mayo family syndicate Selling Shop: Carey's Main Street Belmullet Co Mayo
9: 22 December 2007 – €13,295,379
One winning ticket family group from Galway Selling Shop: News & Choose Main Street, Loughrea Galway
10: 27 May 2009 - €13,150,324
One winning ticket – couple from Mayo
Dalkey PO, Ulverton Place, Dalkey, Dublin
The 11 Irish EuroMillions winners to date:
- July 2005: Dolores McNamara from Limerick, was Ireland’s first and biggest EuroMillions winner scooping over €115 million.
- July 2008: A lucky ticket bought in Carrick-on-Suir in Co. Tipperary won a player €15 million jackpot.
- June 2009: A family syndicate shared the jackpot with a British winner, taking home over €29.4 million.
- June 2013: A winning ticket sold in Beaumount, Dublin, shared a jackpot worth over €93 million.
- September 2013: A young man from the South East shared a jackpot of over €25 million with a player in Spain, taking home over €12.8 million.
- April 2014: A jackpot prize worth €15 million was claimed on a ticket sold in Castlebar, Co. Mayo.
- September 2014: An €86.7 million jackpot was won by a syndicate from Dublin (private). The ticket was sold in Centra, Ballybrack, Co. Dublin.
- January 2016: A syndicate of friends won over €66 million, splitting the jackpot of €132,376,632. The ticket was sold in Eason’s store, Fairgreen Shopping Centre, Carlow.
- July 2016: 22 colleagues from Dublin Bus won the €23.8 million The ticket was sold in O’Hanlon’s Portarlington.
- January 2017: A Dublin work syndicate claimed the €88.5 million EuroMillions jackpot. The winning ticket was sold at the Applegreen Service Station on the M1 Northbound in Lusk, Co. Dublin.
- July 2017: A syndicate from the West of Ireland won almost €29 million. The winning ticket was sold in Garryduff XL Store on Pound Road in Castlebar. Co. Mayo.
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