Thursday, 13 July 2023
Department of Public Expenditure and Reform
349. To ask the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the total number of National Lottery winners in the past twelve months; the number involving prizes in excess of €1 million or more, €500,000 or more and €500,000 or less in the past twelve months; how this compares with winnings in the previous 12-month period; if the amount spent on advertising is more than in previous twelve months; if it is less; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [35556/23]
I am informed by the Regulator of the National Lottery that, as set out in the Licence to Operate the National Lottery, prize winnings above €15,000 must be claimed directly from the National Lottery, where winners are required to identify themselves to the operator PLI; winners of most small prizes collect them in retail outlets anonymously. Thus the National Lottery does not have information on the number of winners of prizes less than €15,000 in a particular period.
The information that can be provided on the number of prize winnings is as follows :
- of €1m or above in value in 2022 was 34and in 2021 was31;
- of €500,000 or above in value and below €1m in value in 2022 was 30and in 2021 was 49; and
- of €15,000 or above in value and below €500,000 in value in 2022 was 540and in 2021 was501
In relation to the part of the question concerning advertising spend, I am informed by the Regulator that the Operator, PLI, has responded that it considers such information to be commercially sensitive for PLI / National Lottery, as it is for all other commercial entities, and, consequently, PLI is not in a position to provide consent for the release of that information.