07 January 2017

Rules, Jackpots, Odds, Draw Information and More

The Ultimate Guide to the Australian Lotteries

Let's face it, we Aussies love to play the lottery – that's why we have one almost every day of the week! Except for Fridays and Sundays, Australian players have the chance to win a large jackpot – so let's take a look at each lottery in detail and learn more about their rules, odds and, most important of all, the jackpots!

The Ultimate Guide to the Australian Lotteries

From the first Grand Lottery back at the turn of the 19th century, right through to 2012's record Oz Lotto jackpot of just under $112 million, Australian lotteries have enjoyed a fascinating history and jackpots that have captivated players for decades.

The Monday, Wednesday and Saturday Lotto games were launched in the 70s. Today, in terms of rules, the Monday/Wednesday and Saturday Lottos are identical, only the Saturday Lotto offers higher jackpots. The nomenclature varies from state to state, however – with the games branded as TattsLotto in Victoria, ACT, Northern Territory and Tasmania, X Lotto in South Australia, Gold Lotto in Queensland and are simply referred to as the Monday, Wednesday or Saturday Lotto in Western Australia and New South Wales.

In 1994 the Oz Lotto was launched offering Australia's biggest jackpots, followed by the Australian Powerball Lotto in 1996.


Monday Lotto - The First Lottery of the Week

  • Official Names: Monday Lotto, Monday X Lotto (SA), Monday Gold Lotto (QLD), Monday Tattslotto
  • Draw Day: Monday
  • Draw Time: 8.30pm AEST / 9.30pm AEDT
  • Game Rules: 6/45 + 2
  • Jackpot: $1 Million
  • Jackpot Odds: 1 : 8,145,060
  • Prize Divisions: 6
  • Prize per Game to bet at Lottoland: $0.60


Oz Lotto - The Biggest Australian Lottery Jackpots

  • Official Names: Oz Lotto
  • Draw Day: Tuesday
  • Draw Time: 8.30pm AEST / 9.30pm AEDT
  • Game Rules: 7/45 + 2
  • Minimum Jackpot: $2 Million
  • Record Jackpot: $112 Million (2012)
  • Jackpot Odds: 1 : 45,379,620
  • Prize Divisions: 7
  • Prize per Game to bet at Lottoland: $1.20


Wednesday Lotto - The Mid-Week Lottery

  • Official Names: Wednesday Lotto, Wednesday X Lotto (SA), Wednesday Gold Lotto (QLD), Wednesday Tattslotto
  • Draw Day: Wednesday
  • Draw Time: 8.30pm AEST / 9.30pm AEDT
  • Game Rules: 6/45 + 2
  • Jackpot: $1 Million
  • Jackpot Odds: 1 : 8,145,060
  • Prize Divisions: 6
  • Prize per Game to bet at Lottoland: $0.60


Australian Powerball - The Power to Change Your Life

  • Official Names: Powerball
  • Draw Day: Thursday
  • Draw Time: 8.30pm AEST
  • Game Rules: 6/40 + 2/20
  • Jackpot: $3 Million
  • Record Jackpot: $80 Million (2009)
  • Jackpot Odds: 1:76,767,600
  • Prize Divisions: 8
  • Prize per Game to bet at Lottoland: $0.90


Saturday Lotto - The Most Popular Australian Lottery

  • Official Names: Saturday Lotto, Saturday X Lotto (SA), Saturday Gold Lotto (QLD), Saturday Tattslotto, Lotto
  • Draw Day: Saturday
  • Draw Time: 8.30pm AEST
  • Game Rules: 6/45 + 2
  • Jackpot: $4 Million
  • Record Jackpot: $33 Million (Saturday Lotto Megadraw 2006)
  • Jackpot Odds: 1:8,145,060
  • Prize Divisions: 6
  • Prize per Game to bet at Lottoland: $0.70


Notable Wins

Not only have we seen some jaw-dropping jackpot wins – there are also lots of incidences of lucky players winning the lottery more than once or winning multiple draws at the same time. 


Australia's Biggest Wins

The biggest Australian jackpot of all time is for the Oz Lotto draw of November 6th, 2012 where four winners shared a jackpot worth  $111,972,151.04.

Prior to that the Oz Lotto record jackpot was $106 million, won in 2009 and split by two winners.

The highest single-winner jackpot, meanwhile, was an Australian Powerball Lotto jackpot worth $40 million claimed by a thirty-something man from Brisbane who opted to stay anonymous.

While the odds of hitting the Saturday Lotto are over eight million to one, back in 2009 a staggering 27 people managed to guess the same numbers (2, 3, 5, 7, 9, 23, Supplementary Numbers 26 and 41) and had to share in the winnings (Draw #2965 Saturday December 19, 2009).


Australia's Multiple Jackpot Winners

The odds of winning the lottery once may seem borderline insurmountable, yet, for a few lucky Aussies, that wasn't enough and so they ended up winning twice!

In February 2015 news emerged of a syndicate of friends who managed to win two separate division one prizes worth $866,108 taking their combined winnings to over $1.7 million, or $157,474 when split between each of the 11 syndicate members.

Not a bad result, especially when considering that the second tickets were actually bought by accident – the syndicate manager had actually intended to buy tickets for two separate draws.

There were three such incidents in 2013, with one man from Brisbane and two people from Melbourne managing to defy odds by winning the Saturday Lotto twice. The Brisbane man played his regular numbers after buying a ticket but then forgot whether or not he'd done so and therefore went back to play again. The result was two lots $820,000 – worth $1.64 million in total!

A woman from Melbourne managed to win two Saturday Lotto jackpots back to back to earn herself a total of $835,149.68. When informed of the second win by officials the woman claimed to have asked whether it was a hoax.

In April 2013 a story made headlines of a man from Melbourne who won the Lotto twice in the space of six weeks. The first win allowed him to help pay off the mortgage, the second half he earmarked for house renovations – all in all the man won $1.2 million.

In 2011 a syndicate of co-workers also won the lotto twice, in the space of just ten weeks. Whereas in 2008, another Victoria man, who wished to remain anonymous, made managed to achieve the impossible winning the Lotto three times in a row!

Finally, we come to a heart-warming story about a down-on-his-luck man who had what has to be the most remarkable reversal of fortunes in Australian lottery history.


Man Defies Odds – And Death – Returns From The Dead To Win Lottery Twice!

The headline above may sound sensationalist, and admittedly it is, but it's also 100% accurate. Indeed it's precisely because of stories such as this that Australians love the lottery.

Bill Morgan was a truck driver who had been living out of a caravan when he got caught in a severe traffic accident. In critical condition Morgan was given medication which caused a severe reaction, triggering a heart attack that left him clinically dead for 14 minutes.

He later spent 12 day in a coma before emerging – quite miraculously – with all his faculties intact and a newfound lust for life. He later proposed to his girlfriend, who accepted, leaving Bill feeling luckier than ever. So he decided to buy a scratch card…

When Morgan won a brand new car on the scratch card the local news decided that it would make a great human interest piece. So they asked him to re-enact the lottery purchase, which Morgan done, scratching off the ticket as before, only to win again, a massive $250,000 – all of it caught on camera!

You can watch the story – and see the win – in the video below:


Lotto Luck That Keeps on Truckin'

With so many winners, and multiple winners, it's no wonder that Australia's favourite lotteries have endured for decades. Join the ranks of these lucky winners by betting on the most popular Australian lotteries at Lottoland now!


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