Irish Lottery ticket sales have fallen

May 31, 2010 by  
Filed under Lottery News

Irish Lottery ticket sales have fallen by over 11 per cent between 2008 and 2009 according to figures released last week. The falling ticket sales has been echoed by numerous rollovers, low jackpots and many draws not even awarding second tier prizes.

In recent months we have reported many times that the Irish Lottery draws have failed to award either their jackpots to players matching all six main lottery numbers or second tier prizes to players matching five main lottery numbers plus the Bonus Ball. This is simply due to the lack of combinations of numbers chosen as fewer players have bought Irish Lottery tickets.

Following record lottery ticket sales of £840.1 million during 2008, the Irish Lottery tickets sales fell by 11.4 per cent to£815.1 million during 2009 with lottery winners receiving just £438 million in prizes during last year.

Despite less players, smaller jackpots, less lottery winners and falling revenues Irish Lottery chief executive Dermot Griffin saw his annual salary remained unchanged at £230,000 but in a gesture of good faith the lottery chief waived his annual bonus.

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