Everything You Need To Know About Oz Lotto
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New to Oz Lotto? No worries! The helpful Oz Lotteries team stand at the ready to fill you in on everything you need to know.
What is Oz Lotto?
Oz Lotto was introduced in 1994 as Australia’s first national lotto game. Originally, the game was similar to Saturday Lotto, requiring 6 numbers to be drawn out of 45. However, in 2005, a seventh number was added to increase the chances of players winning the Division 1 prize. Today, Oz Lotto is one of Australia’s most popular lotteries due to the large jackpots and simple rules.
Oz Lotto has a guaranteed minimum Division 1 prize pool of $2 million and reached a record $100 million jackpot in 2012.
How does Oz Lotto work?
Every Tuesday night, 9 balls are pulled out of a collection of 45 balls. Each ball bears a number from 1 to 45.
The first 7 balls that they draw out at random are the winning numbers for the big prize – Division 1. The other 2 numbers, called ‘supplementary numbers’, factor into the winnings for other prizes. Here’s how the prizes work:
- Division 1: The prize for Division 1 is never lower than $2 million. If no one has chosen the winning numbers, the money in the pot carries over to the next week. Your odds of winning are one in 45,378,620. However, since it only costs $1.45 to play, and the prize is so great, many Aussies play every week, hoping to capture the grand prize.
- Division 2: The odds go up considerably for Division 2 winners: one in 3,241,401. If you pick 6 out of the 7 winning numbers and 1 supplementary number correctly, you’ll win a smaller, but still considerable amount of money.
- Division 3: Oz Lotto awards a smaller, yet significant prize to those who pick 6 out of the 7 winning numbers. Your odds of claiming a Division 3 prize are one in 180,078.
- Division 4: If you choose 5 of the winning numbers plus 1 of the supplementary draws, your odds of winning rise even more, to one in 29,602.
- Division 5: When you choose 5 out of the 7 winning numbers, you qualify to win Division 5 prize money. Your odds get fairly good here – one in 3,430.
- Division 6: Choosing 4 out of the 7 winning numbers allows you to share in the Division 6 prize money. Your odds of winning go up even further, to one in 154.
- Division 7: The odds of winning Division 7 are the highest– one in 87. You only need to pick 3 out of the 7 winning numbers plus 1 of the supplementary numbers to win.
And, even if you don’t win, you – and all Australians – win in the long run. Every ticket you buy helps to support our nation’s small businesses and communities – critical as we all recover from the impact of the 2020 global pandemic. Best of all, it’s fun! There’s no better way to play lotto each week than in Tuesday’s Oz Lotto game.
How to play Oz Lotto
To play Oz Lotto online, simply go to our Oz Lotto page. Here you can select your numbers, how many games you’d like to play and how often you’d like to enter the draw.
If you’re happy with randomly drawn numbers, select the ‘QuickPick’ option, choose the number of games you want, and follow the instructions to check out.
If you want to join others in a Syndicate or enter advanced tickets such as System or Super Combo, select the ticket type from the top navigation to make your selections.
Customise your Oz Lotto playing experience
There are four general tickets of play: Standard, System, Syndicate, and Super Combo. Learn about each ticket to ensure a seamless experience every time you play.
- Standard: For a Standard ticket, first choose the number of games you want to play, ranging from one to 600. Prices for each are listed right on the menu. Then, either let the system choose the numbers by clicking ‘QuickPick’, or choose your own by ticking off the ‘Choose your numbers’. If the latter, choose 7 of your luckiest numbers between 1 and 45 and then move on to the next step. Finally, choose whether to make this a one-off buy or play your selection for multiple draws during the coming weeks, for a set period or every week on a recurring basis until you cancel.
- System: Playing this ticket ups your chances of winning by configuring a set amount of numbers in every possible way. For instance, in System 10, you’ll get 10 numbers, configured in every possible 7-number combination. In Pick 6, you’ll choose 6 numbers. Those numbers combine with other combinations of numbers to give you what amounts to 39 games of 7 numbers each. The rest of the process is the same as it is in the Standard category.
- Syndicate: Split the costs of larger tickets with other people to give you more chances to win for less. If your syndicate wins, you’ll share the money equally according to the number of shares each syndicate member buys. Simply choose the size of your ticket, choose how many shares you want to buy, and choose how often you want to play. It’s easy, fun and gives you more chances at the jackpot.
- Super Combo: Exclusive to Oz Lotteries, a Super Combo ticket allows you to play more than the standard 7 numbers – up to 45 of them, as well as how many games you want to play. Choose how many numbers you want to play, how many games you’d like to play in, and then choose the numbers you want to play. Like all our Oz Lotto options, you can choose to play the same numbers during the coming weeks or on a continuous basis through selecting an AutoPlay.
Where can I play Oz Lotto?
Oz Lotto is available Australia-wide, except for in QLD and WA. And since you’re playing online, you can play from anywhere – literally – at any time.
No worries about lost tickets or collecting prize money in person. We pay your prize money into your secure online account.
While you can check the results every week on our Oz Lotto results page, don’t stress if you don’t bother to check. We contact all our winners – we wouldn’t have it any other way.
Where do I buy Oz Lotto?
How much does it cost to play Oz Lotto?
You can purchase a Standard ticket in Oz Lotto from $1.45. See more ticket prices here.
How do I win Oz Lotto?
Oz Lotto features seven prize divisions. To win Division 1 you need to match all 7 of your numbers to the winning 7 numbers of the draw. These winning 7 numbers, along with 2 supplementary numbers, are randomly selected from a pool of 45 balls, numbered 1 to 45. You must match at least 3 numbers plus 1 supplementary number to the winning numbers to win the lowest Division prize (7).
|Division 1||7 winning numbers|
|Division 2||6 winning numbers + 1 supplementary number|
|Division 3||6 winning numbers|
|Division 4||5 winning numbers + 1 supplementary number|
|Division 5||5 winning numbers|
|Division 6||4 winning numbers|
|Division 7||3 winning numbers + 1 supplementary number|
How do I claim an Oz Lotto Prize?
Oz Lotteries will automatically deposit your prize payment into your Oz Lotteries online account. From there, you can request a withdrawal of funds by cheque, direct deposit into your bank account, or into a valid Paypal account. All winnings are paid into your account as a tax-free lump sum.
When does the Oz Lotto draw close?
Oz Lotto entries close on Tuesdays at 7:25pm AEST/8:25PM AEDT.
When is Oz Lotto drawn?
Oz Lotto is drawn each Tuesday night at 8:30pm AEST/9:30pm AEDT.
How can I watch Oz Lotto?
Oz Lotto is broadcast on 7TWO at approximately 8:30pm AEST/9:30pm AEDT every Tuesday night.
Where can I find Oz Lotto results?
If you miss the live draw, there’s a number of ways you can check Oz Lotto results. When you sign up to an Oz Lotteries online account you can receive the latest draw results straight to your inbox. You can also check your ticket or search past draws on the Oz Lotteries website.
Can past Oz Lotto statistics give me better insights on which numbers to pick?
While we don’t have a crystal ball, we have compiled a range of statistics that you can use to help you guide your selections. We update these numbers regularly to provide our customers with the latest information.
Is your favourite number hot or cold?
Some players like to choose ‘hot’ numbers – those that have been drawn more frequently. Others prefer ‘cold’ ones, thinking that their luck must be due to change soon. We have both so that you can make up your own mind.
How about frequency?
A lot of our players like to play numbers that haven’t come up in a long while, thinking that the pendulum is about to swing the other way. Others want to play a number that has come up a lot recently. On our statistics page, we have a number that shows how long ago a number was drawn alongside the number of times it was drawn.
What numbers are more profitable?
Some players play the numbers that have brought others a bigger share of winnings. We keep track of the most profitable numbers and the least. If you’re someone that goes for the big jackpot, those are the statistics that can help you choose your numbers.
Of course, many of our players simply choose numbers that have brought them luck in other areas. Whether it’s your special someone’s birth date, your anniversary, or the number on the jersey of your favourite sports figure, the sky’s the limit when it comes to picking your numbers.
What about statistics on how Oz Lotto has benefitted players and community alike?
Glad you asked. So far, over $1.4 billion has been provided in support for communities all across Australia. As for players, there have been more than 131 million winners so far, taking home more than $3.3 billion in winnings.
Playing a part in making Australia an even better place to live
As an accredited online lotto store, our Oz Lotteries team is happy to play a part in Oz Lotto and the benefit it brings to our communities and small businesses. To start playing Oz Lotto or learn more about how we can make your playing experience even easier, get in touch with us today.