Lotteries comprise one of the most popular ways to gamble in Australia, and with several unique lotto games syndicated around the country, there is a significant amount of prize money up for grabs almost every day of the week – often jackpots reaching tens and even hundreds of million of dollars. Here we provide an overview of the most popular Australian lottery games, the kinds of tickets we can purchase and how to play all these games in one convenient location – the Internet.
The Saturday Lotto is a national game played in all states and territories across Australia – it is branded X Lotto in South Australia, Gold Lotto in Queensland and Tattslotto in Victoria, Tasmania, the Australian Capital Territory and the Northern Territory. In the game’s current format, players choose six numbers out of 45 (numbers 1-45). There is a guaranteed First Division prize of $4 million each week, with several $20 million and $30 million Superdraws held throughout the year. Should nobody win in a given week, the jackpot will rise, but most weeks see a winner in this game.
In order to win the jackpot, players must hit all six of the winning numbers on their ticket. Players can also win smaller prizes by hitting five or four of their numbers. In addition, two supplementary numbers are drawn along with the official six winning numbers; these two additional numbers allow players to win the Second Division prize (five main numbers and one supp), as well as lower prizes requiring two or three main numbers and at least one supp number.
The Monday and Wednesday Lotto use the identical format as the Saturday Lotto, but the ticket costs are cheaper and the payout structure is altered slightly – the Superdraw has a maximum limit of five millions dollars and each Division One winner is guaranteed $1,000,000.
Modelled after the popular game with the same name in the United States, Powerball is a nationally available lottery requiring players to pick six different numbers ranging from 1-40, and a Powerball number ranging from 1-20. Six balls are then drawn from the pool of balls numbered 1-40, and the Powerball number is drawn from a separate pool of 20 balls – this means the Powerball could be the same number as one of the standard winning numbers, so you may choose the same Powerball number as one of your other regular numbers, if you desire).
Players can win one of several different ways playing Powerball: you can earn one of the eight division prizes by matching at least three of your chosen numbers, and to win the jackpot prize, you are required to match all six standard numbers and the Powerball. The largest prize ever awarded in Powerball is $80 million which was split two ways in July 2009. Winning the lowest Division (Division 8) holds better odds in comparison to other lottery games with a 1 in 110 shot of success.
Oz Lotto is a lottery syndicated throughout Australia and played every Tuesday night. Originally identical to the Saturday Lotto, Oz Lotto changed its structure in 2005 and now requires players to pick a total of seven numbers ranging from 1-45 – a change which has lengthened the odds of hitting the jackpot, but forced the jackpot to roll over more often from week to week, leading to dramatically large prizes.
The largest Oz Lotto prize ever awarded was on on the 6th of November in 2012, when a prize of nearly $112 million was split between four players.
The first five numbers are considered the main numbers, and then the final two balls drawn are classified as supplementary numbers. There are seven Prize Divisions available to be won including the Division One jackpot (Division One requires all seven numbers to be matched correctly), and players can win smaller prizes by matching at least four of their main numbers, or some of their main numbers as well as one or both supps.
Super 66 is played in all states and territories across Australian except NSW, which plays Lotto Strike instead. Enjoyable offshoots of traditional lottery games and often classified as add-on games, these lotteries are played in conjunction with other games, namely the Monday, Wednesday or Saturday Lotto.
Super 66: A six-digit winning number is drawn and prizes are awarded to players whom correctly match the beginning or ending digits in exact order (the more numbers matched in order, the bigger the prize – ie. match all six in order, the first or final five, or at least the first two or last two digits).
Lotto Strike: Rather than a six-digit winning number, Lotto Strike draws a four-digit winning number with slightly altered rules: there are four winning Divisions, with Division One requiring all four numbers matched in exactly the same order as drawn, Division Two requiring any three of the four winning numbers matched in the exact order, then any two, and then any one (all in the exact order as drawn).
While Oz Lotteries doesn’t offer Super 66 tickets, it does offer Lotto Strike in conjunction with Monday, Wednesday or Saturday Lotto entries. And even though it is played only in NSW, anyone throughout the county (even those overseas) can purchase tickets from Oz Lotteries to join in the fun. What’s great about Lotto Strike is that we can select our own numbers.
For a slightly different take on the lottery, the Australian Soccer Pools is an entertaining alternative. While similar to a standard lottery, the Soccer Pools are not entirely random, as results are determined by the outcomes of football matches held in Australia, European leagues and other locations. The 38 officially selected matches are assigned numbers (1-38) and participants pick six of those numbered matches for their tickets.
In order to determine the winning games and their respective numbers, the score lines to each match are compared and ranked according to official rules: draws are selected first, with the highest scoring draws appropriately ranking the highest. Away wins are selected thereafter, and home team wins are gathered last. Wins are ranked according to goal difference (slimmest difference as priority), and the total number of goals scored in the match.
Based on those criteria, the top six games are chosen as the winning numbers, with the seventh game used as a supplementary number. If two games are identical in criteria, whichever match has been assigned the higher number is selected. In order to win the jackpot (which starts at $75,000), a player must match all six winning numbers on their ticket. Smaller prizes across four other Divisions are also available. There are several reserve matches used in case of postponed or voided matches.
The Lucky Lotteries are administered by New South Wales Lotteries and available to all Australians to enjoy via Oz Lotteries. Two separate lotteries run under this name (the $2 jackpot lottery and the $5 jackpot lottery), and the draw is conducted just like a raffle (traditional draw style lotteries). A set number of tickets are available for sale in each draw (often in the low six figures), and once all those tickets have been sold, the draw can take place. A set of numbers will be drawn, and in each draw, a first, second and third prize are awarded, plus many smaller, consolation prizes. All draws are conducted by random number generators. Participants can either opt for sequential tickets or randomly selected tickets.
Members of Oz Lotteries have a number of diverse ticket options they can choose from when playing different lotteries. These categories include:
Standard tickets – choose numbers for one or more tickets and then pay for them individually.
System tickets – covers all possible combinations of a given set of numbers, ensuring that if the winning numbers match with your group set, you’ll be hold the jackpot ticket.
Syndicate tickets – Often conducted between large groups of friends or co-workers, Oz Lotteries members can also join a syndicate together through the site, allowing players to share the cost of a large number of tickets, boosting your odds of winning a prize (winnings are shared evenly between participants in the syndicate).
Find our more about ticket categories in our Oz Lotteries review – the officially licensed and exclusive distributor of Australian lottery products. Oz Lotteries members can choose their own lucky numbers for individual games, let the computer pick their numbers for them randomly, or even play a host of entertaining mini-games to randomly select numbers.