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Ozlotto is one of two large national lotteries operated in Australia which pool stakes from the various states.
Australia is one of few countries, which does officially allow non residents to play the game via authorised resellers (who charge a margin on top of the normal ticket price).
How it Works
Date and time of draws
Draws for the ozlotto are held just once a week on Tuesday nights at 8.30pm AEST.
No. of balls and how to hit the jackpot
Players choose 7 balls from a pool of 45. An extra two 'bonus' balls are also selected in the draw (making 9 from 45 in total), which are used for some prize tiers.
There are no variations on this game.
Price, Tickets & Sales
Tickets for the ozlotto cost $1.20 (AUD) to play per line making it one of the cheapest lotteries to play with no minimum no. of lines enforced. Note that this is the ticket cost when buying a ticket in Australia.
Tickets Sold Per Draw
In terms of ticket sales per draw ozlotto is up there with some of the biggest lotteries worldwide. On an average week, it will sell around 17m per week. When jackpots start to soar, so too do ticket numbers and jackpot hunters are keen in Australia. In October 2015, for example, for a jackpot of 60m, there were around 70m tickets sold!
Sales per draw
As tickets are relatively inexpensive though, sales per draw of this lotto are average for a national lottery. Sales per capita figures in Australia though are second only to the Canadians. See also the Australian Powerball.
Odds of hitting the jackpot
There are seven prize tiers for the ozlotto as follows.
The jackpot odds are 1 in 45m which is neither high nor low in worldwide lottery terms (and similar to the UK's Lotto jackpot odds for example).
Balls and Bonus Balls
7 and 0
6 and 1
6 and 0
5 and 1
5 and 0
4 and 0
3 and 1
*Average jackpot size when it is hit
Odds of winning any prize
The odds of winning any prize at all aren't great at 1 in 54 which, together with its sister lottery the Australian Powerball, make it one of the hardest lotteries to get any sort of winnings back. No surprise then that they have lots of payout tables and information relating to how many wins you might get if you play 5, 10 lines or other combinations of numbers. All a bit confusing (probably intentionally so!) although at just 1.20 per line you can afford to play more lines than on your average lottery. The bottom prize (of 3+1 balls), though, is a generous $10 or 8x your stake.
Jackpots are seeded with A$2m and grow at a good rate per week (see contribution to jackpots below).
The average jackpot you will see on ozlotto if you play each week is around $8m.
Average jackpot when hit
The average size of a jackpot when it's hit should be around $14m although in the last year, it has been hit much less frequently as has thus averaged $25m.
Highest jackpot ever
Ozlotto has the record for the highest jackpot in Australia, worth $111m in 2012.
Jackpot winners per year
You should see around 20 jackpots won per year but in the last year this has been just over half of this number (with each jackpot being worth a lot more).
Contribution to the jackpot
A healthy 22% of ticket value is attributed to the jackpot.
Return to Player
The RTP or prize payout % of sales is advertised at either 55% of 60% depending on which state you're playing in. This will vary of course, depending on the size of jackpot you are playing 'against' on any given week. From our calculations, the average RTPs are much lower than this for the 'more normal' size jackpots - see below.
RTP when first seeded
When first seeded the RTP for a player is very poor at 0.26.
The jackpot does grow quite fast though on this lottery (not least because the contribution to the jackpot from stakes is generous). An average RTP on any given week will be around 0.37.
RTP when jackpot typically hit
If jackpots are 'normally' hit when they reach $14m then your RTP is 0.48. To get the stated 55% return then, the jackpot would need to be a bit higher at around $18m.
When the jackpot gets to $50m then there is real value for players though before sharing. Problem is that the jackpot hunters in Australia are quite hungry - see the 70m tickets sold when the jackpot hit $60m last year. The chances of sharing your jackpot then at this level will be quite high so you might need to wait until it gets to $125m to see real net value.
Payouts and Taxes
Annuity vs Cash
Advertised jackpots are their cash amount with no taxes payable.
No taxes payable.
This is one of those lotteries that can get quite interesting quite quickly. This is because of the volume of tickets sold and the generous contribution to jackpots. Trouble is there are a lot of players in Australia who are aware of player 'value' and so the ticket numbers tend to grow quite fast when jackpots become 'interesting'! Worth setting your jackpot alert for this one at around $80m but be aware of ticket sales numbers as your chances of sharing the big one will reduce your value. Should be good value though at around $125m.
Very affordable for just the one line. Good growth in jackpots too which does build interest in this lottery. Healthy levels of ticket sales.
Average jackpots not too exciting and RTP some way off the stated 55% most weeks. Odds of winning any prize very low for just the one line.
Set your jackpot alert to $50m but keep an eye on ticket sales at this level as the chances of sharing a jackpot do reduce player value here. To play this lottery or others, check out our preferred agents page.