Does anyone know anything about the irish lottery? how does it work and is it real or a scam?

This is a legitimate lottery and you play it in your local bookmakers. Click on link below for more information.
yes it is real and u can play at a betting office every wednesday & saturday
Ireland does run a legitimate national lottery and have done for many many years.
I am presuming you are referring to an email you received stating you won. If that is the case read on.
Look at the questions I have answered on this site in my info. There are so many winners there could not be enough money to pay them all.There is no International Lottery.This is a Nigeria scam. Yahoo/MSN, U.K. and Australian lotteries, football lotteries from the same counties, Global-Link, World Poverty, Microsoft, Free Lotto, which now seems to have it's own people answering gambling questions on this site claiming they have won which is a total lie, and hundreds more. I am a retired Police Officer that has years of experience investigating Internet scams and frauds. This is an old one. The common link to them getting your email is on line surveys. Yahoo does not give it's stock holders money away nor does it give it's email subscribers address's to lotteries. The only way to win in a lottery is to buy a ticket, if you didn't you could not possibly win. Here is the website of the 17 nation law enforcement task force that investigates cross border Internet crime. You may file a complaint there. Also go to and browse complaints and you will find many having the same doubts as yourself about these scams. Below is a typical scam and how they work it. They just go under a thousand different names. They are asking you to send a prepayment to collect your winnings and they want you to send it by a money wire service. Lotteries do not just pick your name out of thin air, and just so happen to have your email also. No Internet service provider gives their email list out to lotteries. If you did not pay to play you could not possibly win.

recieved letter of winning $65000.00 Pacific Player International lotteries,please contact claims agent miss linda strong at 204-951-7582. Second letter came with a check for the amount of $2,470.00 To deposited in my bank account for processing fee,a week later check cleared my bank. I contacted my claims agent over the phone she advise me to wire the balance of $2,341.00 to a Mr Edward Culwell in New York,New York.I called miss linda strong to advise her of the western union confirmation number,to date can not get in touch with linda strong just her voice mail, I know now that it was all a RIP-OFF and now Iam in the hole with $2,470.00 with my bank.... Please send HELP... THANK YOU VERY MUCH
loads better odds than national lotto, just not as big a jackpot. but 3 numbers should see you good for a few hundred.
the irish lottery is very similar to the UK lottery and works almost the same. go in to any bookmakers and ask them to explain how it works and how to play it. its drawn Wednesdays and Saturdays i think.

pick 3 & match 3 numbers will win you £601 for £1 stake.
unless they canged it in the last year.
If it came to you in an email it's a SCAM ignore it Irland does have a lottery but you must first buy a ticket to participate in it so if you didn't buy a ticket in this lottery it's a SCAM
I know the "London Lottery" is a scam. I assume that this is too. I also assume someone told you that you "won" the Irish Lottery. If so, ask these questions of yourself:

1. Did I buy a ticket?
2. Have I ever been to Ireland?
3. Do they want me to pay money for anything?

If you answer No to questions 1 or 2 or if you answer Yes to question 3, then it is a scam. RUN, don't walk away from it.
No this is definitely a scam. There is no Irish Lottery or any other lottery that you can win without buying a ticket. The e-mail that you have mentioned has all of the signs of a scam. Did you know that I and many of my friends also "won" the fictional Irish Lottery? There exists a certain form of immoral degenerate that trolls the internet searching for suckers who believe that they have gotten very lucky and won a lottery which they have never entered. They will probably entice you to send an advance fee to claim your non-existant winnings and if you do send this money, you can kiss it goodbye. The money will likely be en-route to Nigeria, a cesspool of fraud that has been the center of these types of fraud over the last few decades.

The best thing to do is to delete such emails immediately and to never reply to them. In some cases, people who travel to claim their winnings are taken hostage, and in worse-case scenarios are killed when whoever is paying ransom payments exhausts their money supply. If anything online sounds to good to be true it always is buddy. But this is simply advance fee fraud (a prevalent type of fraud which continously asks for money to cover unforseen expenses) and is intended to drain your bank account, promising money that simply does not exist. Hopefully, this answers your question.

If you have any more questions, do a yahoo search on lottery scams, nigeria 419 scams, internet fraud, or advance fee fraud.
Most people bet £1 on 3 numbers on Saturday main draw, if u are not in Ireland. if all 3 numbers come up, you win around £570, depending on local bookmakers odds. Not a scam, just a reasonable and very popular bet!

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