How to win the lottery: A history lesson from the past
Posted On June 21, 2021
The history of lottery ticket sales in Ireland.
The last time a lottery was sold in Dublin was in 1853 when the city was only six years old.
Today, the city is home to more than 5,000,000 people and the number of lottery machines is increasing every year.
The numbers of tickets purchased on the day of the jackpot in 2016 were 7,700, up from 6,000 the previous year.
On Thursday, the number was reported to be 8,500, making it the largest day ever for the number to exceed 7,000.
“There is a lot of excitement about the numbers going up,” said Brian Murphy, of The Irish Lottery Commission.
“We have a lot more numbers on the board now.”
“If the number goes up, there’s going to be a lot going on in the streets and in bars and restaurants, in pubs, and you’ll see lots of excitement from people going to places to gamble,” he said.
Mr Murphy said that in the past week, there have been more people queuing to buy lottery tickets than the previous day.
The commission has received a record number of calls from people in need of help buying lottery tickets, with nearly 20,000 calls for help in just the last 24 hours.
The first lottery to be sold in the city since 1853 took place on Tuesday, when the number went up to 8,200, with the jackpots going up each day until 11am.
This was followed by a surge in ticket sales on Wednesday with a total of 9,600, with another increase of 3,200 tickets on Thursday.
“I think the numbers have gone up so much, people are desperate,” said Patrick McDonagh, of McDonah and Sons in Dublin.
“This is the first time I’ve had so many calls in a week, so I’m very happy.”
He said that after a week of high demand, the numbers had calmed down.
“People have just started to relax, they’re starting to relax a little bit, they’ll be able to shop more,” he added.
“If they’ve got a lot to spend they’ll probably buy lottery tokens.”
Everybody’s just getting used to the idea of the lottery,” he explained.”
It’s like we’re going to see more of this every week.
“Irish Lottery commission general manager Conor McGovern said that the jackpotties are now selling out, but there are some remaining open.”
We’ve got people waiting in queues for more than two hours for a slot.
He added that the amount of tickets available is “not something we can predict”, but that there is “a lot of optimism about the future”.”
I don’t think people realise how much the lottery has meant to the city.”
He added that the amount of tickets available is “not something we can predict”, but that there is “a lot of optimism about the future”.
Mr Murphy also said that it was a good thing that the number has now gone up, as it would have meant the city had more lottery tickets to sell.
“You don’t get to buy a lottery ticket for the day it’s on the books,” he admitted.
“It’s a good way of doing it.”
The numbers go up, but it doesn’t change the reality that we have a whole lot of people out there who are not able to go out and buy a ticket.