Saturday Lotto FAQ
Playing The Saturday Lotto
Answer: The Saturday Lotto is a phenomenally popular Australian lottery enjoyed by players for decades. The first ever draw was held back in 1972 and today the lottery played all across Australia. To play you simply pick six numbers. Eight numbers are then drawn in total, six regular numbers and two supplementary numbers. Wins are determined by the amount of regular and supplementary numbers you pick.
Answer: The minimum age to play the Saturday Lotto is 18.
Answer: You can purchase Saturday Lotto tickets from any licensed retailer such as participating shops or newsagents. Alternatively you can play online via your state operator’s website or through licensed and regulated third party operators.
Answer: This depends on who the operator is in your state but generally you should first contact the operator and report the ticket as lost or stolen. If the ticket is registered this will allow them to put a block on it – meaning nobody else will be able to claim your win. Otherwise you will have to fill out a claim form and go through the lost ticket process. Success is not guaranteed, however, which is why we always recommend that instead you play the Saturday Lotto online.
Answer: Some Australian state operators allow overseas players, but not all. You can, however, still bet on the results online via properly licensed and regulated online providers.
Winning The Saturday Lotto
Answer: The biggest lotto jackpot so far is $16.32 million AUD. Though this is a far cry from the Oz Lotto record of $90 million AUD it should be noted that the odds of hitting such a jackpot are over five and a half times as much as getting a winning Saturday Lotto jackpot.
Answer: The odds of hitting the Saturday Lotto jackpot are 8,145,060:1, meaning the Lotto has the lowest odds of any major Australian lottery. For a full breakdown of prize divisions and their respective odds please see our section on Saturday Lotto Odds.
Answer: There are a total of six different prize divisions in the Saturday Lotto – you can get a full breakdown on all these prize divisions here.
Answer: The easiest way to check if you won is to use our special Saturday Lotto results checker. Simply enter your numbers, choose the date then click the button to get notified of wins instantly.
Answer: All winnings must be claimed within six months.
Answer: No, lottery winnings are not taxed in Australia. If you are playing online from overseas through third party operators, however, then your own domestic laws will apply.
The Saturday Lotto Draw
Answer: The Saturday Lotto takes place each Saturday night at 8:30PM AEST / 9:30PM AEDT.
Answer: Saturday Lotto entries close one hour before the draw, so 7:30PM AEST / 8:30PM AEDT.
Answer: The draw is shown live on Channel 7TWO and results are shown on Channel7. Be sure to check out your local TV listings however as this may vary from state to state or change according to current TV scheduling.
Answer: Superdraws are special jackpots which take place throughout the year raising the jackpot to $20+ million AUD. Currently there are new Superdraws scheduled for February, March and May 2015.
Answer: Megadraws are similar to Superdraws except they only take place once a year – during the Christmas season – where the jackpots are raised to $30+ million AUD. The last Megadraw occurred on January 3rd, 2015.