Sun, Sep 23, 9:48pm by Mia Chapman
Last Updated Tue, Oct 8, 12:53am
Of all the classic lottery games available throughout Australia, the Saturday Lotto is among the easiest to play and to understand. With drawings every Saturday night, this traditional Aussie variant includes two supplementary numbers which can help players win alternate prizes. If there is one lottery that most Australians can probably say they have played at least once, it’s this one.
Outside New South Wales and Western Australia, the Saturday Lotto goes by a few different names. In South Australia, it is known as X Lotto; in Queensland, they call it Gold Lotto; and in Victoria, Tasmania, the Australian Capital Territory, and the Northern Territory, it has long been branded as TattsLotto. These are all just regional titles for the same game – so whether you buy an X Lotto ticket in Oodnadatta, or a Gold Lotto slip in Surfers Paradise, you are playing for the very same Saturday Lotto jackpot.
The simplest way to play the Saturday Lotto draws is to go online and open an account at OzLotteries.com. Here, you can purchase tickets for all the major Australian lottery games, including Monday and Wednesday Lotto, Powerball, Oz Lotto, and the Lucky Lotteries Mega Jackpot. You can even get TattsLotto tickets via Android, iOS, BlackBerry, and most other mobile operating systems.
To get started, all you have to do is sign up at Oz Lotteries, cash up your account, then pick your tickets and pay. Accepted deposit methods include Visa and MasterCard, PayPal, BPay, and Diners Club International, and all AUD money transactions are safeguarded by advanced SSL (Secure Socket Layer) digital encryptions. Join now to claim one bonus lotto ticket on the house.
In the current Saturday Lotto, players are required to choose six numbers between 1 and 45. Players can pick their numbers in several ways: they may choose to select their own, or have the lottery machine give them a Quick Pick with random numbers, or use one of the number selection games available on Oz Lotteries – such as Ball Wars, an arcade-style video game reminiscent of Galaga Galaxian or Space Invaders.
Whether buying Gold Lotto tickets online or at a local land-based newsagency, players typically must purchase at least four standard games at a time. Of course, we may buy multiple tickets at once, and there are several alternatives to playing standard tickets which we will explain below.
When it comes time for the draw at 8:30pm AEST every Saturday night, eight numbers are chosen from a barrel containing 45 balls (one for each number that could potentially be drawn). The first six numbers drawn are the official winning numbers for that week’s draw, while the final two are considered supplementary numbers. These extra balls do not count towards the Saturday Lotto jackpot, but can help players win lesser prizes.
In order to win the Division One jackpot, a player must match all six winning numbers with the six numbers on their ticket. The odds of doing so on a single ticket are 1 in 8,145,060. Players can also win smaller prizes by matching other combinations of numbers, as follows:
The Saturday Lotto jackpot is worth an estimated AUD $4 million each week. The notable exception is the Saturday Lotto Superdraw, which is held several times a year and can offer cash jackpots of up to $30,000,000.
With huge nationwide participation and shorter Division One odds than either Powerball or Oz Lotto, there are normally multiple jackpot winners in every TattsLotto draw. In the rare event that there is no first division winner, however, the top prize will roll over and increase to $8 million the following week.
If you play Saturday Lotto through Oz Lotteries, you will find several different ticket options:
This is the most straightforward way to play X Lotto online. While newsagents tend to offer standard tickets in set numbers of games (12 is common at Tatts Group vendors), at Oz Lotteries you can select however many lines you like. Each individual sequence of six numbers costs $0.90, so a slip containing 12 games would come to $10.80.
If you have a specific group of numbers you would like to play, you might choose to play a system entry. This kind of Saturday Lotto ticket covers all possible combinations amongst a specific group of numbers. For instance, a System 8 purchase will give you every single six-number combination out of eight numbers you choose, for a total of 28 games. Systems for the Saturday Lotto range from the System 7 ($6.30) to the massive System 18 ($16,707.60), which consists of more than 18,500 standard lottery lines.
For a less expensive option that will still give you a good chance of covering wins in a selected group of numbers, you might want to try a super combo. This kind of entry covers some, but not all, possible ticket combinations amongst 10-26 numbers of your choosing. The cheapest (Super Combo 12D – $27.00) covers 12 numbers across 30 lotto lines, while the dearest option (Super Combo 26A – $4,258.80) uses two groups of 13 numbers and equates to 169 System 8 tickets.
This group play option allows you to purchase a share of the more expensive system tickets. This allows you to play a huge number of lines, but without having to take on thousands of bucks in entry costs. Of course, should any of the tickets in your syndicate get up, you will have to share those winnings with the other players in the group.
Our top-ranked lotto site offers two kinds of syndicates: the standard Oz Lotteries Syndicate, where you play anonymously and all numbers are selected through Quick Picks; and the Social Syndicate, where you set up a private group and play whatever numbers you want with friends, colleagues, or whoever. Saturday Lotto syndicates can be divided into as many as 30 separate shares, each of which is sold at the same fixed price.
For players who enjoy the excitement of the Saturday Lotto and want to play more than once a week, you might want to take a look at the Monday and Wednesday Lotto games. These draw are identical to the Saturday Lotto, but the entry cost is significantly cheaper (just $0.70 per game at Oz Lotteries). The main difference is in the payout structure; there is no rolling jackpot in place, while the Superdraw tops out at AUD $5 million. On the upside, however, each Division One winner in Monday Lotto and Wednesday Lotto is guaranteed a $1,000,000 payout – so even if there are six jackpot winners in the same draw, each gets to take home a cool million.