Teddington locals are used to seeing the Paddy Power logo around Kempton Park Racecourse in nearby Sunbury-on-Thames, but the leading bookmakers have now launched their online Irish lottery betting service.
Using digital platforms to bet on such lotto games is the only avenue open to people at a time when newsagents and betting shops are shut on both sides of the Irish Sea. This has led to a growth in internet searches, so – to reflect increasing demand – Paddy Power has moved their product online.
This is a departure from their usual headline-grabbing PR stunts. Ireland’s former champion National Hunt jockey Ruby Walsh, who partnered Kauto Star to his five historic King George VI Chase successes at Kempton, is among Paddy Power’s sports ambassadors.
Links between Greater London and this bookie extend even further as former Chelsea manager and current Tottenham Hotspur boss Jose Mourinho is also signed to the brand. The Special One features in a number of TV ads poking fun at his nickname and incidents from his coaching career.
Paddy Power are best known for their portfolio of horse racing sponsorship that currently includes the entire Silver Bowl Handicap Chase jumps card run at Kempton, the day after the Cheltenham Festival ends in March. How do you bet on the Irish lottery online through them, though?
You need a Paddy Power account for starters! Click on Join Now on their homepage, then complete the registration form by filling in your personal details.
A security question and answer, plus a password, are required while setting yourself up. Don’t forget to deposit funds before you start betting, and remember that credit cards are no longer an accepted payment method for online betting.
The Irish Lotto is held twice a week at 7:45 pm on Wednesdays and Saturdays with three draws taking place at that time. You must enter these separately as, following on from the Main draw, are two additional ones – called Plus 1 and Plus 2 by Paddy Power.
You are betting on the outcome of the lottery and can stake smaller amounts than you would if playing the Irish Lotto directly. Paddy Power cap maximum winnings they will pay out on any wager placed through them at £/€500,000.
Five numbers are needed to complete a line, so think of lucky numbers or ones of special significance to you and your loved ones. Whatever way you choose numbers, there are 47 balls in the Irish Lotto with seven drawn out of tumbler machines. The final ball is the bonus.
In the interests of fairness, Paddy Power advertises what the odds of getting drawn numbers are through the Irish Lotto on the page, and post the result of draws as soon as possible after they have been made. It is a 6/1 shot that one of your chosen numbers comes out.
If you want to get a return on your bet, however, then two drawn numbers are needed. That is ten times less likely at 60/1. Three numbers are a 700/1 shot, four works out at odds of 7200/1 and a full line of five 130000/1.
Including the bonus ball by using the tick-box on your betslip, you can increase the likelihood to 40000/1. You won’t miss out on the Irish Lotto, so why not see if your numbers come up?