Looking at Irishlotto.net, my first impression was this was an official site. Then I started digging further and realized that it is simply a lottery concierge site that facilitates the purchase of lottery tickets. It looks pretty clean, but part of that is the lack of information. This is a service provider that doesn’t even have terms and conditions. Here’s what we found out about Irishlotto.net.
What Does Irishlotto.net Offer?
Irishlotto.net says they will enter your numbers and confirm your entry, double check your numbers after each draw and send you the details whether you win or not. I did have a bit of a chuckle over the ‘double check your numbers.’ It made me think of Santa Claus; he’s checking his list, checking it twice. Oh – and the “no one will know that you have bought an Irish Lotto ticket and no one will know that your Irish Lottery numbers have won except you” also put a smile on my face.
Irishlotto.net also says payment for your lottery lines includes postage (so what are they mailing), handling and agent charges. But, they don’t say anything about whether they take a percentage or if there are any other charges regarding the processing of your payment. They do not provide any information on whether they send a copy of your lottery ticket scanned and/or how you access your account.
Winning at Irishlotto.net
They also say that payment of Irish Lotto winnings will be made according to your instructions and within 48 hours. Winnings are tax-free, and Irishlotto.net underlines that you don’t have to live in Ireland to play.
Who is Irishlotto.net?
Irishlotto.net is owned by International Lottery Subscriptions based in Dublin, Ireland. There is no information on their site on who International Lottery Subscriptions is.
Other Games/Links at Irishlotto.net
Irishlotto.net links through their affiliates into a variety of different games including El Gordo, EuroMillions, Italian SuperEnaLotto, Japan Jumbo Draw, UK Lottery, US Mega Millions, US Powerball and The Billionaire Series. Each of their sites follows the same design and layout of Irishlotto.net, though the colors change. Okay – I found that funny — the colors used on each site in some way compliments that particular draw.
Irishlotto.net Customer Service
Besides the snail mail address, Irishlotto.net offers an Irish phone number, email address and form to complete online. There is no live chat, and so far none of my emails have been answered. That’s not to say that these folks aren’t legit, but I would feel better if one of my queries had been answered. There is no indication of their timeline on responding to emails and/or whether their phone line is open 24/7 or business hours. Even weirder, Irishlotto.net doesn’t even have an auto phone message to say when they are available.
Why Does Irishlotto.net Give Me Pause?
One of the things that Irishlotto.net state is this lottery replaced the Irish Hospital Sweepstakes in 1988. It closed because of scandal and accusations about money.
According to the Irish Independent newspaper “… the sweepstake did not have an entirely beneficial impact on Ireland’s international image. Complaints were made by foreign governments of illegal activities, including bribery, being used to sell tickets in countries that outlawed gambling, causing much embarrassment to the Irish government. The survival of the sweepstake was assured by the cultivation of a strong North American market. The gradual legalization of lotteries in the USA from the 1960s precipitated the demise of the sweepstake.” Why would a lottery site draw attention to what would be considered an indefinite period of lottery history?
Scams at Irishlotto.net
They also have a link that addresses a heap of scams relating to both the Irish Lotto and other UK lotteries. Most of it is the usual emails and letters requiring an upfront fee for processing a big jackpot win. Some of them directly use Irishlotto.net as the facilitator, and some simply use Irish Lotto.
Complaints at Irishlotto.net
There are no complaints on Irishlotto.net that I could find though part of that might be the simplicity of their name and amount of sites that sell Irish Lotto online.
The Bottom Line
I might seem to be a little picky, but I found the fact that their telephone number had no auto recording even to confirm that I had the correct number a little surprising. The fact that Irishlotto.net has a series of affiliates that all use the same layout on their sites also gave me pause for thought.
Variety of Lotteries
Multiple Draw Entries
Money In 48 Hours of a Win
Too Little Information
Poor Customer Service
Expensive to Play Here
Overall, our team gives Irishlotto.net a thumbs down. I’ll update this if and when we get any further answers to our questions!