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    Meet The Celebrations

    Today, creative agency ROTHCO launch their first campaign for the Irish National Lottery, with a tongue-in-cheek mockumentary TVC, ‘The Celebrations’. Going behind the scenes at Irish National Lottery HQ, it turns out things have changed dramatically since they released their NEW Lotto Plus game.

    Since the addition of the new game, people’s chances of becoming winners and millionaires have greatly increased – much to the exhaustion of the in-house band ‘The Celebrations’. The 60-second TVC takes us through their hectic day-to-day schedule, playing ‘Celebration’ for the many winners of Lotto with Lotto Plus. The band tells viewers it didn’t used to be like this, ‘there used to be one or two winners a week, but now it seems like the siren never stops ringing’.

    The TVC will form part of a fully integrated campaign that will re-incite excitement in Ireland’s most popular National Lottery game. Three 20’ films will follow the initial TVC launch over the next few weeks, and the campaign will be supported across radio, cinema, OOH, DOOH, press, digital, social, activation and POS.

    Stephen Rogers, Creative Director at ROTHCO comments: “We discovered that people’s belief in winning the much-loved Lotto game had diminished over time, partly because most of the large jackpot winners choose to not go public. This meant we just couldn’t talk about them, so we had to reinstall that belief and make people fall in love with Lotto again. Thankfully, we had some new news to talk about, as the Lotto game was changing. The game was going to create even more winners and more millionaires than ever before. We knew this had to be our focus and we wanted to create a campaign that felt unexpected and avoided all the typical Lottery tropes of fast cars and speed boats. We decided to open the doors of the Lotto Headquarters to the public and show the fallout of all these new winners and millionaires coming through the doors on the people that worked there – in particular, the Lotto house band The Celebrations.

    Michael Hayes, Head of Marketing at the National Lottery comments: “We are really excited about our new Lotto brand campaign and how it focuses on the joys of winning the Lotto. It is executed in a modern, fun creative way which we believe will make our audiences and players smile. Our aim is to get the Lotto brand talked about again.  The campaign has a big idea at its heart and this has enabled us to develop supporting content that can be used across multiple traditional and digital media platforms to excite both our existing and next generation Lotto players.”

    The omni channel campaign will launch on Thursday 30th August 2018.


    Client: National Lottery
    Agency: Rothco

    Client: National Lottery
    CEO: Dermot Griffin
    Head of Marketing: Michael Hayes
    Marketing Manager: Jennifer Crowe
    Digital Campaign Manager: Joan Hallinan

    Agency: Rothco
    Managing Director: Richard Carr
    Executive Creative Director: Alan Kelly
    Creative Directors: Stephen Rogers, Shane O’Brien
    Creative Team: Stephen Rogers, Shane O’Brien & Kate Waters
    Strategy: Patrick Ronaldson, Kathy Troy & Niamh Murphy
    Business Director: Katie Oslizlok
    Account Director:  Annie Tidy
    Account Manager: Sean Cushen
    Agency Producer: Emma Ellis & Laura Cahill
    Project Director:  Aedamair Cassidy
    Project Manager: Caitriona Coakley
    Media Agency: Starcom
    Activation Agency: Guns or Knives
    Designer: Shane O’Riordan

    Photographer:  John Keatley
    Photographer Retoucher: John Keatley & PhotoBy
    Music Supervisor: David Bass @ Theodore
    Production Company: Radical Media
    Director: Steve Miller
    Producer: Molly Pope
    Director of Photography: Mårten Tedin
    Post House: Screen Scene
    Editor:   Tim Hardy @ Stitch Editing – Offline
    Post Production Supervisor: Peter Greene
    VFX Supervisor: Allen Sillery @Screen Scene
    Sound:  Will Farrell @ Screen Scene
    Donal O’Kane @ Screen Scene
    Graphics: Dan McGuire @ Screen Scene

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