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Which Is the Most Popular Australian Lottery?

In the last few years, Australia has become a lottery force to be reckoned with because it offers some of the hottest games in the lottery market. But which is the most popular Australian lottery? Is it Oz Lotto with its huge jackpots, the Monday Lotto, which starts out the lottery week, or is it the Australian Powerball? According to our research, the answer to this question depends heavily on the players’ expectations of the game. In this article, we are going to tell you about the main contenders for the title of the most popular Australian lottery and what makes each of them shine in the eyes of lottery fans.

Australian Powerball

Australian Powerball

It’s not surprising that the most popular Australian lottery is the Powerball, because this is the most appealing lottery format worldwide. Based on the US Powerball format, the Australian version of the game has the highest starting jackpot in the Aussie lottery, AUD3 million. This makes the Thursday draws in the Australia Powerball jackpot the stars of the show each week.

Main Numbers

•••••• (1-40)

Bonus Numbers

• (1-20)

Initial Jackpot

AUD3 Million

Rolls over

No Jackpot Cap


The current jackpot record is of AUD80 million (July 2009), but the game has high potential to surpass it because it does not feature a jackpot cap. The Aussie Powerball is also the holder of the national record for a single-ticket win, which was a AUD70 million jackpot won in January 2016.


Oz Lotto

Oz Lotto

Holder of the record for the highest jackpot paid out in Australia (AUD111,972,151 – November 2012), the Oz Lotto is certainly the biggest name in the Australian lottery market. It was the first ever national lottery in Australia and it was an overnight sensation. While other Aussie lotteries have correspondents in other countries, the Oz Lotto abides by the national format.

Main Numbers

••••••• (1-45)

Bonus Numbers

•• (1-45)

Initial Jackpot

AUD2 Million

Rolls over

No Jackpot Cap


With a first prize starting from AUD2 million, which can then grow with every single rollover up to AUD100 million, it’s no wonder that Oz Lotto is the talk of the town. Oz Lotto is the Tuesday lottery extravaganza in Australia and its rivalry with the Aussie Powerball keeps lottery fans hooked week after week.


Saturday Lotto

Saturday Lotto

During the week, it may be all about the Oz Lotto and the Australia Powerball, but the most popular game of the weekend is none other than the Saturday Lotto. This is Tattersall’s version of the European lottery format and it is available in all the Australian states and territories. It is also the oldest Australian lottery. Introduced back in 1972 to raise funds for the Australian National Health System, Saturday Lotto has continued to gather a lot of fans over the years.

Main Numbers

••••••• (1-45)

Bonus Numbers

•• (1-45)

Initial Jackpot

AUD4 Million

Rolls over

No Jackpot Cap


Saturday Lotto also holds several Superdraws a year, which come with a boosted jackpot of AUD20 million. In addition, New Year’s Eve is marked with a Megadraw packing a AUD30 million jackpot. This way, the weekend lottery keeps fans in thrill all throughout the year. The record jackpot for this one is of AUD47 million, which is lower than the first two games on our list, but the main reason for this difference is the fact that the Saturday Lotto offers some pretty amazing winning odds. This makes it an excellent contender for the most popular Australian lottery.


Monday and Wednesday Lotto

Monday Lotto

After the Saturday Lotto has proven to be extremely popular among lottery fans, Tattersall decided to set up kin games during the week. Both Monday Lotto and Wednesday Lotto follow the same gameplay format as the Saturday Lotto, which makes it very easy for Aussies to play all three games. Also, all the Lotto games are available in all Australian states and territories at the moment.

Main Numbers

••••••• (1-45)

Bonus Numbers

•• (1-45)

Initial Jackpot

AUD1 Million

Rolls over

No Jackpot Cap


However, the there is a difference in prize ranges. While the weekend lottery has a starting jackpot of AUD4 million, the Monday and Wednesday Lotto have a fixed pot of AUD1 million for every single draw. First came the Monday Lotto back in 1979, which gathered a sizable fan base quite quickly. This inspired Tattersall to set up the Wednesday draw as well in 1984.

Since the Monday and Wednesday Lotto have been progressively introduced in all Aussie territories, there are some alternative names for the game. For instance, in South Australia, it is known as X Lotto, and as Gold Lotto in Queensland.


Set for Life

Set for Life

Introduced in August 2015, Set for Life is the newest lottery sensation in Australia. Based on the Cash4Life format, the Aussie version has quickly become one of the most popular lottery games precisely because of the unique first prize. Instead of regular jackpots, Set for Life offers its first-prize winners a monthly payout of AUD20,000 for a period of 20 years. Can you imagine having a buff salary coming in every month without ever having to put in any work?

Main Numbers

•••••••• (1-37)

Min.

2 Lines

Fixed Jackpot

AUD20,000/month/20 years


According to lottery policy, the AUD20,000 monthly payout can only be awarded if the first prize is won by up to 4 players. If 5 players or more match all the 8 numbers, then the prize pool of AUD19,200,000 will be split among them and paid out in monthly installments.


Cash 3

Cash 3

Based on the Pick 3 American lottery format, Australia’s Lotterywest has set up Cash 3. This game is only available in Western Australia and it hosts one draw per day, every single day. As opposed to country-wide games that come with large jackpots, this state lottery offers a first prize worth AUD500. But since the odds of scooping this prize are an unbeatable 1 in 1000, it is a very popular Australian lottery.

Main Numbers

••• (0-9)

Fixed Jackpot

AUD500

Lotto Strike

Australian Powerball

Played in New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory, Lotto Strike is an add-on game available for Monday Lotto, Wednesday Lotto, and Saturday Lotto. The aim of the game is to match the first four numbers drawn in the correspondent Lotto draw, in the exact order that they were drawn in. This entitles you to the division 1 prize, called Strike 4. There are 4 prize divisions available, with prizes available even for guessing the first number only with odds of 1 in 12.

Main Numbers

•••• (1-45)

Jackpot

% of prize pool

Lucky Lotteries Super Jackpot and Mega Jackpot

Australian Powerball

Administered by Tattersalls, Lucky Lotteries Super Jackpot and Mega Jackpot are lotteries operating in a raffle-like format, as they feature a limited number of tickets per draw. There are only 200,000 tickets available for each Super Jackpot draw and 270,000 for each Mega Jackpot draw. As soon as all the tickets are sold, the draw can take place. This means that there are no preset draw dates for the Lucky Lotteries series.

SuperJackpot

Play Format

6-digit code assigned by computer

Jackpot

AUD500,000

Rolls over

AUD130,000 each time

All the numbers for these games are selected at random, in the form of a 6-digit code. Please note that for each prize in each prize category, the Lucky Lotteries officials randomly select unique winning codes. There is one winning code for each of the first division prizes, but there are several codes for some of the secondary prizes, which makes the odds of winning a prize in this lottery extremely tempting.

MegaJackpot

Play Format

6-digit code assigned by computer

Jackpot

AUD1,000,000

Rolls over

AUD240,000 each time

Keno

Australian Powerball

Another very popular Australian lottery is Keno. This is a world-renowned lotto format that operates with consecutive draws every few minutes. The Aussie version, operated by South Australian Lotteries, holds draws every 3.5 minutes, each of them closing 40 seconds before the other. To play Aussie Keno, you can choose 1 to 10 numbers, called Spots, from 1 to 80. Your aim is to match as many of the 20 numbers drawn in the game. Getting 10 spots will score you the jackpot.

Main Numbers

up to •••••••••• (1-80)

Jackpot

AUD1 million

This concludes our list of the most popular Australian lotteries. While the Aussie Powerball and the Oz Lotto are the main contenders, each of the other lotteries come with diverse gameplay formats or unbeatable odds, making them popular with a specific group of players. Which is your favorite Australian lottery? We’re looking forward to your answers in the comments section below.

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