Oz Lotto was the first truly national Australian lottery draw when it was introduced in 1994, as New South Wales did not take part in Saturday Lotto (aka TattsLotto) at the time. Now, Oz Lotto offers some of the biggest prizes in the industry, and it currently holds the record for the largest first division jackpot in Aussie lotto history.
Like all other popular Australian lottery games, you can play Oz Lotto through OzLotteries.com. Simply sign up, deposit some funds into your account using one of the site’s secure AUD banking methods, fill out however many tickets you want, and confirm the purchase.
Although Oz Lotto has undergone some changes since its inception nearly 20 years ago, the game has now settled down into a consistent format. Since the beginning, Oz Lotto has featured 45 numbers for players to choose from. However, since 2005 the game has added a seventh main ball to the draw, where originally there were only six. This has significantly lengthened the odds of striking the Division 1 Jackpot.
Players can participate in Oz Lotto by purchasing tickets any time before 7:00pm on the night of the draw, which takes place every Tuesday at 8:30pm AEST. The most prominent land-based vendor is the Tatts Group newsagency chain (formerly Tattersall’s), but we can also choose to buy tickets over the Web at Oz Lotteries.
In order to win that jackpot prize, players have to match all seven main numbers to the seven on their ticket. This makes the odds of winning around 1 in 45.38 million. However, there are six other prizes that can also be won, which brings the overall odds of winning down to about 1 in 55. Players can win prizes if they match four or more of the main numbers, or by matching some of the main numbers as well as one or both of the two supplementary balls that are drawn. These supplementaries are extras which, when matched with any of the seven numbers on your ticket, can help you form lesser winning combinations.
To win each division, you will need to hit the following combinations:
• Division 1: All seven main numbers
• Division 2: Six main numbers and a supplementary number
• Division 3: Six main numbers
• Division 4: Five main numbers and a supplementary number
• Division 5: Five main numbers
• Division 6: Four main numbers
• Division 7: Three main numbers and a supplementary number
The guaranteed minimum jackpot amount for Oz Lotto is AUD $2 million, but the top prize often rises to a much higher level. In fact, Oz Lotto currently holds the record for awarding the largest ever Division 1 payout in Australian lottery history – nearly $112 million, shared across four tickets back in 2012. That was just one of two Oz Lotto jackpots to exceed AUD $100,000,000.
If you play Oz Lotto through www.OzLotteries.com, you can choose from three different kinds of tickets:
These are exactly what you would expect them to be: single lottery tickets that give you one chance to win. Of course, you can play multiple standard tickets if you want more opportunities to win a prize, but there are easier ways to cover several combinations of numbers at a time. Each individual game costs $1.35 at Oz Lotteries, so a standard sheet of 18 lines will set you back a little over $25.
This kind of ticket allows you to buy all combinations of a certain group of numbers. For instance, if there are nine numbers you would like to play, and you want to cover all possible winning combinations of those numbers, you can play a System 9, which requires 36 tickets in all. System tickets for Oz Lotto start at around $10, while the most expensive – a System 15 – costs over $8,600 and covers a whopping 6435 standard games.
Another way to gain more winning opportunities is to buy into a syndicate. These groups allow you to buy a share of a larger number of Oz Lotto games without covering the entire cost of the tickets yourself. In this way you will increase your chances to win major prizes by buying into the bigger systems, although you will also be sharing any wins with the other members of the syndicate.
Oz Lotto has consistently produced Division 1 prizes in excess of AUD $10 million, and remains the record holder for the largest jackpot in the history of Australian lotteries. Here are some of the biggest Oz Lotto payouts since the draw was launched in 1994.
December 2013: A syndicate of friends in Runaway Bay, Queensland, rakes in $70 million on a ticket bought with the spare change left over from a restaurant bill.
November 2012: Four lucky players share an Aussie record $111,972,151. So high were the ticket sales, the jackpot jumped up nearly $12 million from the advertised $100 million prize.
June 2009: Oz Lotto Division 1 jackpots to $90 million, but enormous nationwide interest sees the eventual figure swell to $106.5 million. The prize was halved between a couple from the Gold Coast and another ticket-holder from Adelaide.
This is just a snapshot of what Oz Lotto players have won down the years. In the two decades since its birth, the original nationwide AUD lottery has paid out around $6 billion over more than 1000 draws. The largest win by an individual is a bit over $53 million, when two claimants split the $106.5 million Oz Lotto jackpot of 2009.
The easiest way to buy tickets for the Oz Lotto jackpot is to head over to Oz Lotteries – Australian Gambling‘s number one Internet lotto destination. It covers all the major Aussie lottery draws, including Saturday Lotto, Powerball, Lotto Strike, and The Pools. You can even buy mobile Oz Lotto tickets on Apple iOS, Google Android, and BlackBerry devices, as well as most other smartphone and tablet formats. And if you register for online lotto today, and you can snare a bonus Oz Lotto game absolutely free.