Keno is a fun game where your choicest numbers can make you a millionaire. One of such lottery games widely popular in Australia is the Oz Lotto. It was in 1994 that Oz Lotto was made a national lotto game. Also it holds the record for the largest ever Australian lottery prize, with four winners each taking a share of AU$111,972,151 in November 2012. Oz Lotto was initially played as a 6/45 game with five prize divisions, but in October 2005 an extra number was added to the winning line and two new prize tiers were created. Wondering how to play Oz Lottery, let us learn some basics of the game and know how to play this favourite lottery.
The number of balls that are drawn in Oz Lotto
Oz Lotto numbers are drawn from a machine containing 45 balls, numbered from 1 to 45 inclusive. For a standard game, you choose 7 numbers from this range.
In total, 9 balls are drawn of which the first 7 are the winning numbers. The last 2 balls are the supplementary numbers. These supplementary balls are used to determine prizes in Divisions 2, 4 and 7. The chance of winning a Division One prize in Oz Lotto is 1 in 45,379,620
Three ways to play Oz Lottery
A standard game refers to each standard line of numbers you select for a lotto game. Each standard game you play offers you a chance of winning one prize.
An Oz Lotto syndicate (or group play) entry allows you to join an Oz Lotteries Syndicate which enables you to share System entries and prizes with other players. Syndicates allow you to cover more numbers by sharing the cost between the members of a group. Playing more games increases the chance of winning a prize. If the syndicate ticket wins a prize, the total winnings will be divided equally among all of the members of the syndicate.
A system allows you to play more numbers than for a standard entry providing you with an entry covering every combination of the numbers you have chosen. This type of entry allows players to increase their chances of winning a prize by playing a wider range of number combinations.
For example, to win Division 1 in Oz Lotto, you need all seven winning numbers. To increase your chances of winning, you could play a System 9 which means you get to choose nine numbers for that game rather than the usual seven which is equivalent to 36 standard games.
Just need to have an Oz Lotto coupon and select your numbers. Mark 8 – 20 numbers in each game panel (e.g mark 9 numbers for a System 9 Entry etc) Play 1 – 50 games on a QuickPick coupon or play 1 – 18 games on a marked coupon. Mark the “System/Pick” check box on your coupon or select this option when you buy Oz Lotto online.
How to play Oz Lotto
First you need to buy the lotto ticket. Each Game costs $2.20 (Approx. $1.57). You can have the lottery tickets either online here or at Tatts Lottery or even can buy the ticket from the retailer at the store.
If you play online then you need to register yourself one time at the lottery site. Once your account is opened, you can buy the lotto ticket online with no worries as it safe and secure funding transaction. You can use your debit or credit card or an account with the payment processors, such as Moneybookers, PayPal or Neteller. Online tickets are stored in a secure system, meaning that they can never be stolen, damaged or lost. If you win a prize, you will be notified shortly after the draw.
Now you 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 your winnings in certain prize tiers.
Draws for Oz Lotto take place on Tuesdays at 8.30pm AEST and the winning numbers are available to view soon after at the Oz Lotto Results page.
As said above in total, 9 balls are drawn of which the first 7 are the winning numbers. The last 2 balls are the supplementary numbers. These supplementary balls are used to determine prizes in Divisions 2, 4 and 7.
Play Oz Lotto with Quick Pick Entries
Quick Pick are for those who are in a hurry or playing lotto for the first time. In such type of entry your numbers are generated at random for you. QuickPick Entries are available in the following sizes:
- Mini QuickPick – 9 Games
- Regular QuickPick – 12 Games
- Supe QuickPick – 18 Games
- Mega QuickPick – 24 Games
- Jumbo QuickPick – 36 Games
- Maxi QuickPick – 50 Games
When playing an Oz Lotto Standard, Oz Lotto System or Oz Lotto Pick Entry, if you have marked only a few game panels and want to play a bigger entry, all you have to do is ask for a Top Up.
The remaining game panels are QuickPicked for you as standard games up to 9, 12, 18, 24, 36 or 50 games. Just let your retailer know how many games you want to top up to or, if you are purchasing online, you can select the ‘QuickPick row’ or ‘QuickPick unfilled games’ options to Top Up a Standard, System or Pick Entry.
If you’re travelling or busy with some important task and don’t want to miss getting your Oz Lotto entry in, then you can try a Multi-week entry. It allows you to play the same numbers in your favourite Oz Lotto game for 2 to 10 weeks at a time.
If Oz Lotto Jackpot is your aim then go for super draw. Entries for specific draws are available up to 10 weeks prior to any lotto draw date so better buy early to avoid the rush.
Play Oz Lotto with your Smartphone or Mobile
Playing Oz Lotto is quite easy whichever method you choose. You can also play Oz Lotto with your smartphone or mobile devices. If you have iPhone or iPad you can have this app at iTunes all free and play more than 15 top Australian lotto games including OZ Lotto. If you are playing with Android phone then you need to visit the lotto site and download the lottery app for your Android mobiles and play the game with ease.
Oz Lotto Prizes
Oz Lotto is Australian for BIG jackpots guaranteeing a minimum division one prize pool of$2 million every Tuesday and can jackpot to $50 million or more.
Following is the break down of prizes with guaranteed minimum Division 1 prize of AU$2 million, with a further six divisions available in which to win prizes
|Division||Numbers Required||Odds (One Game)|
|1st||Match 7||1 in 45,379,620|
|2nd||6 + 1 or 2 Supplementary Numbers||1 in 3,241,401|
|3rd||Match 6||1 in 180,078|
|4th||5 + 1 or 2 Supplementary Numbers||1 in 29,602|
|5th||Match 5||1 in 3,430|
|6th||Match 4||1 in 154|
|7th||3 + 1 or 2 Supplementary Numbers||1 in 87|
|Approximate overall odds of winning a prize: 1 in 55|
If no player can match all seven main numbers, the Division 1 prize or ‘jackpot’, will be rolled over to the next draw. Oz Lotto does not have a cap or limit to the number of times the top prize can roll over, allowing it to grow to eight-figure sums in just a few draws.
How can you win Oz Lotto
As explained above there are seven prize Divisions. To win a prize you need to get at least three of the winning numbers from 45 and one or both of the supplementary numbers in any one game.
How to claim the Oz Lotto Prize
After each draw Oz Lotteries will send you an email confirming whether or not you have won a prize. Prize values can range from a few dollars to a few million dollars so there are a number of ways to claim your prize.
- If you have played online and you are a member of Tatts Lotto then have your membership card scanned in-store at a Tatts Outlet and the lottery terminal will let you know if you have any unclaimed prizes.
- If you have unclaimed prizes registered to your Tatts Card and forget to claim a prize the lotto staff will automatically send you a prize cheque four weeks after the draw.
- Prizes less than $1,500 and Lucky Lotteries free tickets may be claimed at any Tatts Outlet in Victoria and Tasmania provided that the entry was purchased in one of these jurisdictions. Tickets purchased in the Northern Territory with prizes less than $1,500 and Lucky Lotteries free tickets may be claimed at any Tatts Outlet in the Northern Territory.
- All prizes over $1,500 can be claimed within six months of a draw by completing the Prize Claim Form and following the instructions.
- Download and complete the Prize Claim Form and include this in an envelope together with the original winning lottery ticket/s and/or syndicate share, remembering to write your name and address on the back of the ticket/s and keep copies for your own records.
- Secure the Prize Claim Form and your original winning lottery tickets in an envelope, affix a postage stamp and post to the address below.
Locked Bag 888
MELBOURNE VIC 3004
Your prize payment will be processed and paid within 10 working days of receipt of your Prize Claim Form by Tatts Administration. Cheque payments will be mailed direct to the claimant or, for Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT), payment will be deposited directly into the nominated bank account.
You can also lodge your claim in person at the Tatts Victorian Office address listed below, however cash prizes cannot be paid at this address.
Tatts Victorian Office
Level 1, 411 Collins Street
MELBOURNE VIC 3000
If you lodge your claim in person at Tatts you will need:
- To complete a Prize Claim Form
- Present the original lottery ticket
- Provide identification such as a Drivers Licence or Passport
- For registered tickets, the Tatts Card to which the ticket is registered must be presented
Your prize payment will be processed and paid within 10 working days of receipt of your Prize Claim Form by Tatts Administration. Cheque payments will be mailed direct to the claimant or, for Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT), payment will be deposited into the nominated bank account.
If you need any help or wish to know more details you can call Tatts Customer Service on 131 868 during business hours: 8am – 5pm: Monday to Saturday; 8am – 2pm: Sunday
Also you can contact or write to customer support at firstname.lastname@example.org in case you need any assistance in claiming your prize.