01 March 2016

All the Top Aussie Lotteries Compared

Which Australian Lottery Has the Best Odds?

At Lottoland we bring you all the best lotteries from around the world - though of course that also includes the top five lotteries from right here in Australia. As with our international offerings, our domestic lottos offer some amazing odds, fascinating features and, of course, huge jackpots. But which lottery is the best? Well, that all depends on what you're looking for. So in this article we look at which lottery offers the best odds, the best prizes and, of course, the best jackpots. 

Which Australian Lottery Has the Best Odds?

Although we've always known that Aussies love to play lotto, we got a powerful reminder in January during US PowerBall fever. The record-breaking jackpot just happened to coincide with our lauch. Therefore, having literally just opened our virtual doors, we quickly found ourselves overwhelmed by an unprecidented number of signups in a very short period of time. Once the press got hold of the story the situation got turbo-charged. The result was the busiest week in Lottoland's history, as customer service worked doubletime and our servers got so hot they nearly melted holes in the floor. 

Of course with all the hype and attention it's easy to forget how hugely popular domestic lotteries have been, and the reasons for this popularity in the first place. So, as we're currently running our "1$ for a Dream" promo, where you can play all of Australia's five best lotteries for just $1, we're going to compare all of the lotteries to see how they all measure up. 

Australia's Top Lotteries

So, what are the best Australian lotteries? Well, not surprisingly they're all the lotteries availiable here at Lottoland, i.e. the

Of course these lotteries are often known by different names, depending on which state you live and who that state's official lottery provider is.

Australia's Most Popular Lotteries

The most popular lotteries in Australia are the three standard 6/45 Lotto games. The Monday, Wednesday and Saturday Lotto are all essentially the same game, with the same game mechanics and same odds of 1:8,145,060. The only difference is that the Saturday Lotto offers bigger jackpots each week as well as regular Superdraws and Megadraws

Australia's Biggest Jackpots

The Tuesday Lotto, known officially as the Oz Lotto, was launched in 1994. Originally it was pretty much the same as the Mon/Wed and Saturday games until 2005, when another number was added making it a 7/45 game. This obviously increased the odds enormously, but then so, too, did the jackpots. The odds of getting all seven numbers correct are 1:45,379,620.

Australia's Best All-Rounder

There's one last lottery we can't forget to mention, the Thursday Lotto. Branded as Powerball, the Thursday Lotto might not have the same sort of jackpot firepower as its American cousin (the record-breaking lottery which inspired the Aussie version) but it's still a solid lottery in its own right.

In jackpot terms it takes second place on the Australian lottery leaderboard, just behind the Tuesday Lotto. The odds of hitting the jackpot are 1:76,767,600, though it's the additional prize divisions you'll want to pay really close attention to - 1:4,040,400 for the second division and just 1:376,312 for division three! It also has the most ways to win of any of our Australian lotteries, with eight prize divisions in total!

So What's the Best Lottery in Australia? 

So, what's the best Australian lottery overall? Well that all depends on what you're looking for. If you want the best odds go with the Saturday Lotto, and its smaller siblings the Monday and Wednesday Lotto games. If you want the biggest jackpots then the Tuesday Lotto is the game to play. If, on the other hand, you're looking for a great all-round lottery game with lots of ways to win then your answer is the Thursday Lotto. 


Jackpot Odds

Minimum Jackpot

Record Jackpot

Cost per Game

Mon & Wed Lotto 1:8,145,060 $1 million $1 million $0.60
Tuesday Lotto 1:45,379,620 $2 million $112 million (2012) $1.20
Thursday Lotto 1:76,767,600 $3 million $80 million (2009) $0.90
Saturday Lotto 1:8,145,060 $4 million $33 million (2006) $0.70
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