The Australian Wednesday Lotto is Aussies' favorite mid-week lottery that contributes to many influential and important charities in the states where it is played.
Australian Wednesday Lotto History
The Australian Wednesday Lotto, originally the NSW lottery, was introduced in 1996 as part of efforts to bring in additional funds for community programs in Australia. The largest jackpot was AUD$6 million (US$6.2 million) in January of 2009.
Australian Wednesday Lotto Rules
To play the Australian Wednesday Lotto, select 6 numbers from a guess range of 1-45. Additionally, two bonus balls are drawn from the same drum as the regular number selection for secondary prizes only. Players can choose to enter the lotto online with a 6 line and 12 line entry form or select a systematic form of 8, 9, 10 or 11 numbers which produces all possible entry combinations of the selected Australia Lotto Numbers and increases the chances of winning a prize. Players can have the numbers randomly selected (Quick Pick), use the number selection from saved numbers (My Numbers) or manually select their numbers. To keep up with Australia-Wednesday Lotto draws and receive significant discounts, theLotter.com offers Multi-Draw and Subscription options.
Lottery ticket sales on theLotter.com close approximately 5 hours prior to the drawings which take place every Wednesday at 10:45 GMT when the numbers are drawn on live T.V. from a random number selector machine. Results are available on theLotter.com on Wednesday at approximately 11:30 GMT.
Winning the Australian Wednesday Lotto
To win the Australian Wednesday Lotto jackpot, players must successfully guess 6/45 numbers correctly. The two bonus balls can be used for secondary prizes only in the lottery’s five prize categories. The jackpot starts at AUS$1 million (US$1.07 million) and grows from there with no set jackpot or rollover cap. There are no taxes on the jackpot or secondary prizes, and the jackpot is paid out in a lump sum (a one time payment). The record Wednesday Lotto jackpot was won in January of 2009 with a jackpot of AUD$6 million (US $6.2 million).
Australian Wednesday Lotto Statistics
The most frequently drawn numbers are currently: 13, 11, 15, 33, and 22. The most infrequently drawn numbers are currently: 3, 20, 37, 16, and 44.
Australian Wednesday Lotto Anecdotes
Rebuilding Hope- In 2011, an Australian couple discovered they had won this OZ lotto and it couldn’t have come at a better time. The previous year alone, the couple’s home had been damaged in the Christchurch earthquake and subsequently both had lost their jobs. The AUS$1 million was a much needed saving grace for this grateful family.
Visit the Australia Wednesday Lotto official site for more details.