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Australian Lotteries – Buying Lotto Tickets Online

Fri, Sep 21, 9:52pm by Mia Chapman

Last Updated Tue, Oct 8, 12:53am

Play Powerball Lotto GamesLotteries are one of the oldest forms of gambling in the world, dating back to the second century B.C. in China. Today, multiple lottery operators exist in Australia licensed at state or territory levels, and can be state government-owned or privately-owned companies. Prizes and jackpots can reach tens and hundreds of millions of dollars. No more do patrons need to purchase tickets at news-agencies, convenience stores or petrol stations. Australian lottery players need only one point of reference for all their lotto tickets:, which is the exclusive and fully accredited distributor of official Australian lottery products via the Internet, operating under strict government supervision.

Lottery Games in Australia

There are several lottery games syndicated across Australia, and shown below are the major ones which can be played by anyone across the country – and even overseas residents – by purchasing tickets online at

  • Oz Lotto: A national lottery game also operated by Tatts Group Limited, Oz Lotto is played on Tuesday nights throughout all states and territories in Australia. Oz Lotto currently holds the record for the largest Australian lotto win – four winners shared a Division 1 pool of $111,972,151.04 in November 2012.
    Read our Oz Lotto review for odds, rules, ticket categories, Division combinations and draw times.
  • Powerball: Based on the American game of the same name, Powerball is administered also by Tatts Group Limited, syndicated across the country and is our favourite national lottery at It is drawn weekly on Thursday nights.
    Read our full Powerball review for the lottery rules, ticket types, draw times, Division payouts and more.
  • Super 66 and Lotto Strike: Super 66 is a national lottery played in all states except New South Wales – NSW plays a similar game called Lotto Strike, instead. These lotteries are regarded as ‘add-on’ games in which players buy tickets in conjunction with other lottery tickets like Monday and Wednesday, or Saturday Lotto. Super 66 is drawn just before the main Saturday night lotto draw, while Lotto Strike is drawn on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays, just before the big lotto draws.
  • Lucky Lotteries: Administered by New South Wales Lotteries, these games are based on traditional draw lotteries (raffles) where a set number of tickets are offered for sale in each draw (usually 225,000). Players choose either random or sequential ticket numbers, and once all tickets are sold, the raffle takes place and a set of numbered tickets are drawn by a random number generator. Each lottery has a jackpot which grows until it is won and you can play $2 or $5 tickets.
  • The Australian Soccer Pools: Based on Australian, European and other soccer matches around the globe, the Soccer Pools are drawn every Saturday. 38 matches are numbered from 1-38. For a standard game, we choose six numbers from 1-38. To determine the winning numbers, scores of each match are compared and the top six games’ numbers are gathered based on ranking rules: draws rank highest, then away wins followed by home wins. Find out how the ranking rules used to determine the winning matches (and numbers) works. The seventh game is used as the supplementary number.

Read our Oz Lotteries review here. Note that no tax is levied on any sort of gambling winnings in Australia.

AUD Deposit and Withdrawal Options

Rest assured that financial transactions for purchasing Aussie lotto tickets online, and withdrawing any winnings from your account at licensed and government-monitored sites such as Oz Lotteries is 100% secure. Oz Lotteries complies with standard online security measures and allows deposit methods such as PayPal, Visa and MasterCard credit and debit cards, BPAY and Diners Club International. Winnings are paid in accordance with set dates after the completion of the draw, and once paid to your account, are immediately available for withdrawal or additional purchases. Request a withdrawal by cheque or by direct deposit to your bank account (ID must be verified).

Playing Lotto Games on Mobiles & Tablets

Oz Lotteries Mobile is 100% compatible with smartphones and tablets such as iPhones and iPads, Android Samsungs, HTCs and Sonys, Windows phones and BlackBerries, as well as other older data-enabled devices like those using WAP technology.

The site functions exactly as it does on a desktop computer – check all the latest results of lottery games, navigate easily to purchase all game type tickets, and utilise safe and secure AUD currency banking, with transactions protected by 128-bit SSL encryption technology.

Customers receive an email confirmation for every Oz Lotteries transaction they have made, and you can view all purchased tickets in your account directly on your mobile or tablet device. Feel free to contact Oz Lotteries if you have any questions.


There will always be advantages and drawbacks to playing lotto games individually or in a syndicate, and it is imperative to know the pros and cons before deciding how you wish to play. Pooling your money with other lotto enthusiasts does increase your odds of winning because you’re buying, for instance, 1000 tickets all together, instead of five or 10 for yourself. You thus cover significantly more combinations of numbers and reduce the astronomical odds of winning individually with one ticket. And due to the fact you’re playing in a large group, chances are you’ll net at least a few wins, and even if you don’t get all your cash back, it can make purchasing tickets less costly for the individual. We discuss lottery syndicates in depth here.

Do Lotto Strategies Work or Even Exist?

The very concept of lottery strategies may seem ridiculous at first, because such games are determined by random draws, and short of trying to fix the draw, how can you change your odds of winning? While lucky numbers or lucky combinations more likely to win than others doesn’t hold up logically, there are minor details (important details, nevertheless) that can have an effect on your odds of success in lotteries. The Australian Soccer Pools is one lotto where knowing precisely how matches are ranked can benefit you when selecting your numbers – find out how so here.

Lottery systems such as System 8s and other entries which cover all combinations of the numbers you’ve chosen, do maximise your odds of winning more prizes – by playing a larger spread of combinations, if such numbers are drawn, chances are high you’ll net a win. However if you miss those numbers, you’ve increased your chances of coming away with few or no wins at all. Other systems based around guaranteed wins and those trying to sell you something too good to be true are just that – and those should be avoided at all costs.

AUS Internet Lottery Laws

We wish to stress that purchasing tickets to play lottos and raffles through Oz Lotteries – an authorised online vendor – is completely legal here in Australia. Note however, that Oz Lotteries is not allowed to offer instant-win scratch cards. For more information about the legalities of online lotteries and other forms of gambling, read our official laws page.

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