The franchise that runs the National Lottery has reported a 12% increase in turnover for 2016.

Premier Lotteries Ireland recorded sales of €750m for last year, an increase from the figure of €670m in 2015.

€422m of the €750m was returned in prizes while €213m went to good causes.

During last year, 2.1 million of all Irish adults played National Lottery games on a regular basis. 

High profile National Lottery winners in 2016 included 13 Lotto jackpot winners and two EuroMillions jackpot winners. 28 new millionaires were also created.

The company also record online sales of €40.7m last year and it expanded its retail network from 4,002 to 5,290 outlets.

Dermot Griffin, CEO of Premier Lotteries Ireland said that the completion of the company's second full year of trading has seen a significant and positive return to sustainable and responsible growth for the National Lottery. 

He said the company oversaw considerable investment in the business and its sales channels.

"Several important initiatives were activated during the year, including the continued refresh of our game portfolio, major investment in our online and retail channels and the launch of the new National Lottery App," Mr Griffin said.

Premier Lotteries Ireland was awarded a 20 year licence for running the lottery in 2014 having been operated by An Post since its creation in 1986.  

The consortium is made up of the Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan, An Post and An Post Pension Funds.