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The jump in Irish lotto sales also saw PLI’s operating profit rise by 121 per cent to €16.4 million last year. Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw

After several years of falling sales, a controversial privatisation process and a change to its playing format, the National Lottery is back on a winn(...)

Gambling man: Dermot Griffin, chief executive of National Lottery. Photograph: Tom Honan

Halfway through my interview with the National Lottery boss, Dermot Griffin, I ask if he thinks playing the Lotto is gambling. It’s a loaded question (...)

PLI’s Canada paymasters Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan won’t exactly be popping champagne corks on foot of these revenue numbers. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Recent figures show revenue from the lotto’s new online channel grew by 31.4 per cent* last year. However, they also show the channel only only acco(...)

The person purporting to have the winning ticket to an unclaimed €8.2 million lotto jackpot from March has criticised the National Lottery for disclo(...)

€6.38m lotto winner, Gerard Murphy (third from left), from Ballinrobe, Co Mayo, with his children, Jack, Ger, Laura and Dave, at National Lottery HQ in Dublin this week. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

By tweaking the 45-number format and raising minimum ticket prices by €1, the lotto’s new operator Premier Lotteries Ireland (PLI) believes it has hit(...)

 National Lottery machine.Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

The National Lottery regulator has requested a report on the technical issues which forced the postponement of last Wednesday’s €10 million jackpot dr(...)