There are no prizes for guessing that the OZ Lotto is Australia’s premier lottery event. This lottery game began in 1994 and was the very first lottery game to come to Australia. It has remained immensely popular ever since its launch, offering up wins worth as much as AUD$100,000,000 over time. This lottery guarantees a prize worth AUD$2,000,000 and that makes it an immensely appealing lottery game.
How does the OZ Lotto work?
OZ Lotto features a ball pool totally 45 numbers. Players are required to choose a total of 7 of those numbers. On Tuesdays, a total of 9 balls are drawn at random. The first 7 balls drawn from the winning numbers, whilst the last 2 balls drawn are bonus balls. Bonus balls can be used to determine prizes in Divisions 2, 4 and 7 of the prize pool. Tickets for the OZ Lotto cost AUD$2.30.
Cash prizes and jackpots
Players who have landed all 7 winning numbers will pocket the Division 1 cash prize. Players with any 6 winning numbers and 1 or 2 supplementary numbers will win a Division 2 cash prize. Division 3 and 4 cash prizes are awarded to players with 6 winning numbers, or 5 winning numbers and 1 or 2 bonus balls, respectively. Players can win a Division 5 cash prize for any 5 main winning numbers, whilst any 4 winning numbers offers you a Division 6 cash prize. The final prize is a Division 7 prize, and it is paid out to players with any 3 winning numbers and 1 or 2 supplementary bonus numbers.
Players have roughly a 1 in 45.3 million chance of landing the Division 1 prize. Division 2, 3 and 4 prizes comes in at 1 in 3.2m, 1 in 180,078, and 1 in 29,602. Division 5 and 6 prizes can be won with 1 in 154, and 1 in 87 odds. Players have a 1 in 55 chance of bagging any prize.
To date, the most valuable prize every won the OZ Lotto is $111,972,151.04 which was shared between four winners. The Division 1 prize is going to take some beating. The default starting limit for the jackpot in the OZ Lotto is AUD$2 million, as we’ve mentioned.
Variants and similar lotteries
The style and design of the OZ Lotto is actually quite unique in the lottery world, at least when it comes to major national lotto games. There are other lottery games around the world which feature this type of supplementary ball structure and divisional prizes, but most of the world’s major leading lottos prefer to use a separate set of bonus balls to help determine prize tiers.
The OZ Lotto doesn’t have any variants or side-games attached to it at this moment in time.
Playing the OZ Lotto online
Players based in Australia can buy tickets to the OZ Lotto from the official OZ Lotto website, and OZ Lotteries webpage. Players can also snap up tickets in all their favourite stores, shops, and participating venues. If you happen to be based outside of Australia, though, you will need to use one of the leading ticketing websites to get hold of your OZ Lotto tickets. Players will find that The Lotter is the leading name for players wishing to snap up OZ Lotto tickets, although there are plenty of other sites to choose from. One thing worth keeping in mind is that you may be charged more for purchasing tickets through these sites. However, if you are not based in Australia and you still wish to play the OZ Lotto, this may be a price you are prepared to pay.