Dermot Griffin

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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 (...)

Jedward celebrates 25 years of the National Lottery. Photograph:  Andres Poveda

On the first floor of an office block on Abbey Street in central Dublin, there’s a special room with cream-coloured walls, white furniture, expensive (...)

Customers and staff of Garryduff XL Stores celebrate with owner Umesh Kumar (left), his wife Rozalia Csemer (centre) and their son (2). Photograph: Keith Heneghan/Phocus

A west of Ireland syndicate has been revealed as the winner of the €29 million EuroMillions jackpot. Their substantial slice of luck has now tipped (...)

The National Lottery said the lump sum should be ready to collect by this Wednesday.  Photograph: Getty Images

The winner of the €29 million EuroMillions jackpot made contact with the National Lottery on Monday. The contact comes after a weekend of speculation(...)

The man won €20,000 on this occasion but previously walked away with prizes of €300,000  in 2004 and €500,000 as part of a  syndicate in 2006. Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw

One lucky player is celebrating after winning a top prize on the National Lottery for a third time – making him one of Ireland’s luckiest players. Th(...)

Micheal Feeney, manager of Applegreen Northbound, and staff members celebrate selling the winning ticket. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

There was still a sense of disbelief from excited staff and customers at the Applegreen service station in Lusk, north Dublin, yesterday as they cele(...)

The last newspaper journalism awards  were held in 2013 and attracted 800 entries, with Kitty Holland of The Irish Times winning journalist of the year for breaking the story of Savita Halappanavar. File photograph: Shane O’Neill/Fennell Photography

The National Lottery is to sponsor the newspaper journalism awards which are returning for the first time in three years. The awards are run by News(...)

National Lottery machine: in 2014 the business raised €195 million for  charity and sports, down from €205.9 million in 2013. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Money generated for good causes by the National Lottery fell again last year, largely because of costs related to the privatisation of the franchise. (...)

National Lottery winner Ger Murphy from Ballinrobe, Co. Mayo, who netted over €6m. But the odds of emulating Ger are set to lengthen. Photograph: Collins.

The cost of playing the National Lottery is to rise for the first time in nine years as part of a series of changes being introduced by the new oper(...)

The current €3 minimum price, for two lines, makes the Irish franchise one of the most expensive in Europe. Photograph: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland

One of the main retailer groups has come out in favour of increasing lotto prices amid speculation the new private operator is planning changes to (...)

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