October 23, 2021

A deeper look at the Australian Lottery

A deeper look at the Australian Lottery

Australia boasts various lottery games with draws taking place everyday. A brief history of how the Lottery games started and how they are played can be found below.

The “Tattersalls” or “Tatts Group” as they are known as is responsible for most of the lotteries in Australia. It is active in the wagering, lotteries and gaming industries with an operational footprint extending across every State and Territory of Australia; except Western Australia, throughout New Zealand and into the United Kingdom.

Saturday Lotto – the very first draw took place on the 24th of June 1972 and it was started by and is still run by Tattersalls. While the Saturday Lotto enjoys widespread recognition in New South Wales and Western Australia, the game is actually marketed under alternate names in different regions of Australia.


How to play the Saturday Lotto: Players must choose six numbers from between 1 and 45. In the draws, six main numbers are drawn first followed by two supplementary numbers.
To win the jackpot, a player must match all six main numbers.

Monday Lotto – launched in November 1979 and was originally designed to generate income for community programs.


How to play the Monday Lotto: Players must select six numbers from 1 to 45. They must match all six main numbers drawn in order to win the Division 1 prize.


Another two supplementary numbers are then drawn from the same pot in order to provide additional chances for players to win prizes.



Wednesday Lotto – launched in November 1984 to supplement the Monday Lotto and as such has the same rules and game guidelines.


Oz Lotto – established in 1994 as the first national lottery, it also holds the record for the largest ever Australian lottery jackpot, with four winners each taking a share of AU$111,972,151 in November 2012.


How to play the Oz Lotto: Players choose seven numbers from 1 to 45 and must match all seven numbers drawn on the night in order to win the Division 1 prize.


Two more balls, referred to as Supplementary Numbers, are then chosen from the same pool and can boost a player’s winnings in certain prize tiers.



Powerball – The Australia Powerball was launched by Tattersall’s in May 1996 with the aim of giving Australian lottery players a chance to win bigger jackpots than those available in other games played across the country.


The largest Powerball jackpot to date was worth AU$80 million and was split between two ticket holders. How to play Powerball: Players need to select six numbers from 1 to 40 as well an additional number, known as the Powerball, from 1 to 20.To win the Main Jackpot, players must match all of the main numbers and the Powerball.



Set for Life – is Australia’s newest lottery additional, it was added in August 2015. It is played every day of the year and features a Division 1 prize that grants up to four winners in each draw $20,000 a month for 20 years, hence the name Set for Life!


How to play Set for Life: Players must match eight main balls from a selection of 37 to win the top prize, with another seven divisions offering cash amounts for matching a combination of main numbers and two Bonus Numbers.A full line of ten numbers is selected in each draw.


Ticket holders can select their own numbers or have them automatically generated through the QuickSET system.


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