Lotteries are some of the most widely-played gambling games in Australia. Not only are lotteries simple and inexpensive to play, they also offer jackpots that are often worth tens of millions of dollars. If you have questions about how lotteries work, we’ve answered some of the most common lottery questions below.
There are several lotteries that are available throughout most or all of Australia. For instance, Oz Lotto is a national game that is played every Tuesday night, while Powerball – modelled after the American game of the same name – takes place each Thursday night. Saturday Lotto is also played throughout Australia, though under different names in each state.
Some of the major lottery games in Australia are slightly different from these national lotteries. For instance, the Monday and Wednesday Lotto games are spread throughout the majority of the country, but are not available in Queensland. The Australian Soccer Pools are available nationally, but work slightly differently than the rest of the true lotteries, as the results are not entirely random.
Currently, the largest lottery jackpot ever awarded in Australia belongs to Oz Lotto. On November 6, 2012, a guaranteed jackpot of $100 million was won by four winners who ultimately shared a jackpot worth nearly $112 million.
Powerball has also awarded some large jackpots over the years, with the largest so far being an $80 million jackpot that was split two ways in 2009.
Players can purchase Australian lottery tickets through authorized online sales agents, just as tickets can be purchased from land-based merchants. For instance, tickets for all major Australian lottery games can be purchased at Oz Lotteries.
At Oz Lotteries, players can purchase individual tickets, buy system tickets or enter into syndicates with other players. There are also rewards systems and promotions that can earn players free or discounted tickets. Oz Lotteries is also available to players who normally can’t play a given lottery in their state, and even to players who live outside of Australia.
Lotto Points are a reward system used at Oz Lotteries. Every time you purchase a lottery ticket, you’ll earn lotto points at the rate of one point per dollar spend. You may then use those points at checkout either automatically or at your discretion. Each point you use is worth a discount of $0.01. There are also occasional promotions that allow you to earn additional Lotto Points or redeem them at better rates.
A syndicate is a group of players who share the cost of a large number of tickets in order to increase their chances of winning prizes in a lottery drawing. Informal syndicates are often formed in offices or among friends, where each player will spend a set amount of money each week and then share equally in any prizes that are earned from those tickets.
Other syndicates can be formed among strangers with the help of online lottery sites. For instance, at Oz Lotteries, players can choose to purchase Syndicate tickets that will allow you to become part of a small group that will share in earned prize money. The site will ensure that all winnings from the syndicate are shared equally between all syndicate members.
A system ticket is one that covers all possible combinations for a given group of numbers. For instance, if you are playing Oz Lotto, you’ll need to pick seven numbers on each ticket in order to play. If you choose to purchase a “System 8” ticket, you’ll be given a total of eight tickets, covering each of the possible combinations that would include any of those eight numbers. This ensures that if seven of those eight numbers are chosen, you will be guaranteed to win the jackpot prize.
It’s important to remember that system tickets require you to pay for each ticket necessary to complete the system, and that they become exponentially more expensive as you attempt to cover more numbers. Trying to cover ten or more numbers entirely could easily cost hundreds or even thousands of dollars depending on the lottery game you’re playing and the number of possibilities you want to cover.
Unlike other lotteries, the results of the Soccer Pools are not determined by a random draw. Instead, each of the 38 numbers in the drawing are tied to a football match – with games from Australia used when the A-League and state leagues are in season, while games from European leagues are primarily used at other times during the year. Players must purchase tickets before any of the matches are played (usually by Saturday afternoon, with drawings staying open until Saturday evening when foreign games are being used).
The results of the lottery are then determined based on the results of the games. Drawn games rank highest, with the highest scoring draws counting first. After that, away team wins are used, with smaller goal differentials counting first. Finally, home team wins are ranked in the same manner. The top six games based on these rankings become the numbers drawn for the pool, with the seventh-ranked game becoming the supplementary number.
In most lotteries, there are few strategies you can use to improve your odds. The numbers for each draw are chosen entirely at random, meaning no combination is more likely than any other. The only slightly helpful strategy in most lotteries is to choose at least a few numbers above 31 (or using a quick pick), as a large number of players will use numbers made up primarily of dates, such as anniversaries and birthdays. By choosing a more unusual series of numbers, you’ll be less likely to have to share a jackpot if you’re lucky enough to win one.
In the Soccer Pools, the fact that the numbers are not drawn entirely at random does open up the opportunity to use strategy when choosing your numbers. Of course, you may attempt to handicap the games somewhat, choosing numbers tied to games that you expect to end in high-scoring draws. An even more effective strategy is to choose primarily high numbers. In the case of a tie between two games, the higher-numbered game is chosen first, which ensures that higher numbers are chosen far more often than low numbers in the long run.
Supplementary numbers are additional numbers chosen during a draw that are tied to consolation prizes. For instance, each drawing for Oz Lotto draws the seven winning numbers and two supplementary numbers. The second division, fourth division and seventh division prizes can be won by mixing some of the main numbers with one or more supplementary numbers.
See also: Lottery Syndicates