The Australia Saturday Lotto was the first ‘full OZ lottery’ offering players the chance to win a prize by selecting numbers from a guess range as opposed to raffles or sweepstakes. Australia’s weekend lotto game is frequently featured in theLotter.com’s theSmart category which presents the lotteries with the best cost-benefit ratio.
Australia Saturday Lotto History
The Australia Saturday Lotto was created by the state of Victoria government in 1972 and later administered by the Tattersalls Company. The Saturday Lotto was founded with the goal of helping to raise funds for the national health system.
Eventually, the Ozzie lotto would be sold in all the territories and known by different names depending on the region: the Tattslotto in Victoria, Tasmania, Northern Territory and Australian Capital Territory; the Gold Lotto in Queensland; the X Lotto in South Australia, and the Lotto or Saturday Lotto in New South Wales and Western Australia.
The Saturday Lotto was the first lottery in Australia to offer players of the chance to win prizes by picking their own numbers. While the original format had players choosing six numbers from a guess range of 1-40 with a bonus number drawn from the regular guess set, in 1985 Lottery Officials expanded the guess range to 1-45 and added a second bonus number creating new prize categories and ways to win.
Australia Saturday Lotto Rules
To play the Australian Saturday Lotto, players must select 6/45 numbers. During the draw, 6 numbers are chosen in addition to two bonus numbers. Bonus numbers are selected from the same drum as the regular guess set and used for secondary prizes only. Click here for lottery results and rules from around the world.
Winning the Australia Saturday Lotto
To win the Australian Saturday Lotto, players need to successfully guess six numbers from a guess range of 1-45, regardless of the bonus numbers. The jackpots start at AUD$4 million, and there are no taxes and no cap on jackpots or rollovers.
The well-known and impressive odds of winning a prize in the Australian Saturday Lotto are one of the reasons many players love this Aussie lottery which makes 1:31 players a winner. Players interested in winning odds are encouraged to view the chart located at the top of the page which displays the Australian Saturday Lotto's impressive jackpot winning odds.
Those who enjoy playing the Australian Saturday Lotto may be interested in Australia’s other lottery offerings including the Oz Lotto, the Australian Wednesday Lotto, and the Australian Powerball.