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Premier Lotteries Ireland Limited (PLI)
Address: Abbey Street Lower Dublin 1
Phone: +353 1 836 4444
Fax: +353 1 836 6034
Population: 4,425,675
CEO: Mr. Dermot Griffin
Start - up: 2014
Sales FY2015 : EUR670,4000,000
Per Capita Sales: N/A
Number of Employees 82
Points of Sale:
On-line Vendor: N/A
Instant Ticket Vendor: N/A
Advertising Agency: N/A
Games Offered: Draw Based games, Instant games
Beneficiaries: Education, Culture, Social Activities and Sport.
Jurisdiction: The Republic of Ireland


  • April 2012: Minister Howlin announces Government Decision to hold a competition for next National Lottery licence involving an upfront payment to the State.
  • July 2012: Heads of new National Lottery Bill are approved by Government.
  • October 2012: Davy Corporate Finance are appointed as financial and commercial advisers to the Department, following a tendering process.
  • December 2012: National Lottery Bill is published
  • January to May 2013: National Lottery Bill passes through the Oireachtas and is signed into law by the President in May 2013.
  • 8 May 2013: Minister announces that Expressions of Interest in the competitive process are being sought.
  • 30 May 2013: Minister announces the launch of the full Competitive Process.
  • 3 October 2013: Minister announces that Premier Lotteries Ireland Limited has been selected as the Preferred Applicant 14 February: Lottery staff vote to accept Labour Court Recommendation
  • 27 February 2014: Minister grants Lottery licence to Premier Lotteries Ireland

Minister Howlin grants National Lottery Licence to Premier Lotteries Ireland – bringing New Children’s Hospital closer
DUBLIN, Ireland (February 27, 2014) -- The Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Mr Brendan Howlin TD, announced today that he has granted the next licence to operate the National Lottery to Premier Lotteries Ireland, a consortium comprising Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan (the owner of the Camelot Group), An Post and An Post pension funds.
Speaking today, Minister Howlin reflected, “Almost two years ago, I brought a proposal to Government that I strongly believed could yield significant revenues. Today, I am pleased to say that I have delivered on that proposal – half of the €405 million achieved for the transaction will now be paid. As I announced during Budget 2014, these monies are earmarked for a number of job-rich projects including the Wild Atlantic Way, the 1916 Commemoration and the National Sports Campus. In nine months, the second installment of €202.5million will be delivered, bringing the construction of the New Children’s Hospital closer.”
The award of the licence follows a competition which took place between May and October 2013. On 3 October 2013, Minister Howlin announced that Premier Lotteries Ireland had been selected as the Preferred Applicant as it had met the essential requirements provided for under the terms of the competition and had submitted the highest Licence Fee proposal which was €405 million. Discussions on finalising the terms of the licence then took place between the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform and the Preferred Applicant. These discussions recently concluded. Premier Lotteries are due to take over the operation of the National Lottery within a year.
Premier Lotteries Ireland draws on the extensive experience of An Post, the parent company of the An Post Irish National Lottery Company, operator of the Irish National Lottery since 1987 and Camelot Group, operator of the UK National Lottery since 1994.
At the signing of the licence Minister Howlin said “I am very pleased with the outcome of this process. We have a new operator that brings together valuable domestic experience together with international expertise. I believe Premier Lotteries will grow the business in a responsible manner and I look forward to a greater annual revenue stream for Good Causes.”
Under the next licence, the ongoing annual contribution to Good Causes will be set at 65% of Gross Gaming Revenues, which are defined as Sales minus Prizes. Current arrangements for retailer commission will be maintained.
Staff of the current operator of the National Lottery, An Post National Lottery Company (APNLC), will transfer to Premier Lotteries Ireland under their existing terms and conditions in accordance with legal protections that arise in transfer situations.
In addition Minister Howlin stated, “This process has run very smoothly. The interests of the key stakeholders have been protected, in particular, the staff of the lottery and the thousands of retailers. The ultimate stakeholders are the people of Ireland and they will benefit from the proceeds of the upfront payment and an increase in revenues for Good Causes that will benefit worthwhile projects throughout the country for the next 20 years.”
SOURCE: Department of Public Expenditure & Reform.

News Archive for CY2019
May 10, 2019 Journalism Awards Secures New Three Year Sponsorship from National Lottery
May 8, 2019 Former Paddy Power Executive to Lead the National Lottery
April 15, 2019 Attorney General’s Advice Sought Into Dispute over Unclaimed Lottery Money
April 9, 2019 National Lottery Loses Battle Over Granting Media Access to Unclaimed Prize Money Records
April 2, 2019 Chief Executive of Premier Lotteries Ireland to Step Down after 14 Years in Job
March 21, 2019 Finance Minister Declines to Back National Lottery's View of Synthetic Lotteries
March 20, 2019 Reform of Gambling in Ireland - Significant Developments
March 20, 2019 Irish Government to Establish New Regulator for Gambling Industry
February 27, 2019 Lottery and Scratch Cards Most Common Forms of Gambling
January 23, 2019 National Lottery Issues Response to Reports of Underage People Buying Lotto Products in Shops

News Archive for CY2018
December 28, 2018 Almost Half a Billion Euro Paid Out by National Lottery in 2018
December 8, 2018 National Lottery Develops Voice Assistant for Google and Alexa Users
November 26, 2018 40% of Adults Play Lotto on Regular Basis
September 7, 2018 Data Fuels Lottery’s Latest Dynamic OOH Campaign
September 3, 2018 Lottery Reports Nearly 10% of Sales Now Generated Online, a Fivefold Increase on 2015
September 1, 2018 National Lottery Wants Crackdown on New Wave of Synthetic Bet-on-Lotto Websites
August 30, 2018 Rogue Operators’ Eating Into National Lottery Sales
August 23, 2018 Lottery Company Facing Real Competition from Betting Firms That Are Offering Similar Prize Outcomes
August 20, 2018 Update: National Lottery Defends Rising Cost of Playing Lotto Plus
August 18, 2018 Cost of National Lottery Ticket Will Rise from September 1
June 28, 2018 National Lottery's Cash for Good Causes Threatened Due to Unregulated Offshore Lotto Operators
May 28, 2018 National Lottery Machines to be Introduced in all LIDL Stores Around the Country

News Archive for CY2017
March 15, 2017 Lottoland Site Goes Up Against National Lottery in Ireland
March 8, 2017 Playing the Irish Lotto Now More Expensive with LESS Chance of a Jackpot Win
February 12, 2017 National Lottery Online Sales a Winner as it Aims to Celebrate 30 Years with €5bn for Good Causes
February 7, 2017 National Lottery Denies Advising Winners on Tax Minimisation

News Archive for CY2016
December 12, 2016 Hayes Heads Up Marketing at National Lottery
December 7, 2016 Are Lotteries Backed by Innovative Insurance Products Cannibalising Traditional Lottery Operators Across Europe?
August 24, 2016 New Operator of National Lottery Reports Operating Profit of €7.4 Million Last Year
August 11, 2016 National Lottery Launch Automated Twitter Service
July 28, 2016 National Lottery Launch Automated Twitter Service
June 14, 2016 Camelot Global Delivers the Latest Evolution of the Irish National Lottery Mobile App
April 18, 2016 National Lottery Introduces New Daily Million Lunchtime Draw
March 16, 2016 National Lottery Launches Money Multiplier Scratch Cards
January 21, 2016 Irish Lottery Hit By DDoS Attack


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