A damaging debacle

When the Government privatised the National Lottery, and sold a 20-year licence to a new operator – Premier Lotteries Ireland (PLI) – the €405 million(...)

Technical problems forced the cancellation of Wednesday night’s weekly lotto draw, which had a jackpot of almost €10m

An internal investigation is continuing into the technical problems which forced the cancellation of Wednesday night’s Lotto draw for the first time i(...)

 Premier Lotteries Ireland has been holding seminars to train retail agents on how to use the new Photon ticket terminals.  Photograph: Frank Miller

The big switch to a new-look National Lottery will take place next month or in December. The lottery’s new operator, Premier Lotteries Ireland (PLI),(...)

Liam Sloyan will take up his new post as lottery regulator next month. Photograph: Eric Luke

Compliance consultant Liam Sloyan has been appointed the National Lottery’s first ever regulator, a position that may eventually evolve into t(...)

RGData’s director-general Tara Buckley said: “Retailers look forward to working with PLI but, as with any process of change, there are concerns about the impact of the new ownership structure.”

Retailers are unhappy with assurances from the National Lottery that the impending switchover to a new system will not involve additional costs or a d(...)

John Gallagher from Co Donegal in the National Lottery winners’ room celebrating a €41,096 EuroMillions win last November. Photograph: Mac Innes

You may dream of it, but what really happens when you win the lottery? A team of advisers at National Lottery headquarters says the first thing you s(...)

A file image of Stephen Hughes (12) who died in a fire in a makeshift den where he was sleeping overnight. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

The man convicted last month of causing the death of a boy 13 years ago by setting fire to a children’s makeshift den has received a 15-year prison (...)

Stephen Hughes’s mother, Elizabeth, leaves court after the sentencing of Dermot Griffin, of Ballyfermot Road in Dublin, who had been found guilty of manslaughter, was adjourned. Photograph: Collins Courts

The man convicted last month of causing the death of a boy 13 years ago by setting a children’s makeshift den on fire has a criminal record going b(...)

Money generated for good causes by the National Lottery has hit its lowest level in eight years on the back falling tickets sales linked to fewer jack(...)

The jury found Dermot Griffin (54) of Ballyfermot Road guilty following a 13-day trial. Photograph:Frank Miller /The Irish Times

A man has been found guilty of setting a children’s makeshift den on fire causing the death of a boy more than 13 years ago. Stephen Hughes was 12 yea(...)