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Australian Saturday Lotto

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The Tattslotto – Saturday Lotto - is one of many Australian lottery games and related products available across the country. Some of these are in-state lotteries and others such as the Australian Saturday Lotto, Oz Lotto and Powerball are country-wide games.

Australian lottery games can trace their history right back to 1895 when a company called Tattersalls began its first lottery operations in Hobart, Tasmania.

These days, Australian lotteries are made up of both state government owned and privately owned lottery companies – all of whom are licensed either by the state or territory in which they are based.

The major Australian lottery companies are Tatts Group Ltd., Intralot Australia - who are privately owned – plus the state run New South Wales Lotteries, Lotterywest and South Australian Lotteries.

The national Australian lotto games are operated jointly by the state run companies along with the independent Tattersalls who work together in partnership, jointly conducting these games across Australia.

Tattersalls – the Tatts Group – works for this partnership, taking care of the administration of the nationwide Oz Lotto and Powerball games, plus the lottery that we will be taking a more detailed look at here – the Australian Saturday Lotto…or Tattslotto

Tattslotto - Australian Saturday Lotto – Overview

Being a Tattersalls game, the Australian Saturday Lotto is commonly known as Tattslotto. It is a countrywide game available across the whole of Austraila.

This game is known by 3 different names depending upon the state – Tattslotto in Victoria, Tasmania, the Australia Capital Territory & the Northern Territories – as Gold Lotto in Queensland – and as Saturday Lotto in New South Wales, South Australia and Western Australia.

The very first Tattslotto – Saturday Lotto – draw took place way back on June 22nd 1972 and was televise on HSV-7 Melbourne.

Quite unusually, since October 15th 1983, the Saturday Lotto game has only used odd numbers which meant that some states could then use even numbers for their midweek games.

The Tatts Lotto is a traditional jackpot style draw game and is drawn every Saturday evening at 6.28 pm.

The jackpot for the Saturday Lotto – Tattslotto - starts off at a healthy AU$4 million and will increase each week that it is not won by “rolling over” until such time that all 6 main numbers are matched.

Also in the Tattslotto calendar are 6 Saturday Lotto draws that take place each year called Superdraws due to the size of their jackpots and an even bigger draw at the end of the year called a Megadraw.

How It Works…

The Saturday Lotto - Tattslotto - uses what’s known as a 6/45 matrix which means that when playing, you need to select 6 numbers from a pool of numbers from 1 to 45 – if you match all 6 numbers drawn then you will be an Tattslotto jackpot winner.

After the 6 main numbers are drawn, 2 extra numbers – known as supplementary numbers – are then also drawn, increasing the number of ways in which you can win to 5 in total.

A “SlikPik” facility is available when playing Tatts Lotto games similar to the “Lucky Dip” or “Easy Pick” options that are used in the UK National Lottery, EuroMillions or most USA lotteries – which means that you can get the computer terminal to select all your Tattslotto – Saturday Lotto numbers for you if you wish.

So, playing the Australian Saturday Tattslotto couldn’t be easier…just select your own 6 numbers or let the computer generate them automatically for you with a “SlikPik”.

The cost of playing the Saturday Lotto – Tatts Lotto – varies slightly from state to state from 50 to 55 cents per play and you are required to play a minimum of 2 to 4 games, once again, depending upon the state.

You can check the Tattslotto results on television as they are televised live on Saturday evenings at 18.28 on Channel 7 and GWN.

Who Can Play?

As with most lottery games around the world, you would normally have needed to live in the country concerned to actually take part in any of its games.

Now, however, with the welcome presence of authentic and authorized online lottery ticket sales agents such as OzLotteries & TheLotter, you are able to play most lotteries from the comfort of your own home no matter where in the world you live.

This applies to the Australian Tattslotto and any of the Australian lottery games available and you can pick your Tattslotto numbers online and purchase your tickets whether you live in Australia or anywhere else around the world.

This is excellent news, of course, if you live outside of Australia and want to play the Australian Saturday Lotto and guarantee your entry into the next draw or just simply wish to enjoy the convenience of being able to buy lottery tickets online.

Once you have entered into the Saturday Lotto game, you are then easily able to check the Tattslotto results online to see how you have done and to find out if you have become one of the lucky lottery winners.

The age limit at which you can purchase tickets for any of the Australian Lottery games varies from state to state but will either be 16 years or 18 years of age.

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Information & Background

Before July 6th 1985, the Saturday Lotto game only used one supplementary number in its draws. From this date onwards, a second supplementary number was added to the six main numbers.

From 25th November 1995 to 25th January 2997, the Saturday Tattslotto actually had 2 draws. The second draw was a completely fresh selection of 6 main numbers without any supplementar numbers being drawn.

This prize pool for this second draw was normally the same as the jackpot in the first draw and was shared only by winners who matched all 6 of the main numbers with no lower division prizes.

This second draw was eventually removed to increase the first prize divisions in the Saturday Lotto main draw.

What Are The Odds?

With the Oz Lotteries – Tattslotto - there are a total of five different ways in which you can win.

The chances of winning an Australian Saturday Lotto jackpot are 1 in 8.14 million for matching the 6 main numbers correctly – for these odds you could be one of the Saturday Lotto jackpot winners.

For one of the prizes in the second division and correctly matching 5 of the main numbers plus the supplementary number, the odds come in at 1 in 678,755.

The likelihood of winning a third tier prize by matching 5 of the main numbers comes in at 1 in 36,690 and for a prize on the fourth tier matching 4 main numbers, the odds come right down to 1 in 733.

For a prize on the final level - the fifth division - by matching just 3 of the main numbers plus the supplementary number, you are looking at odds of 1 in 210.

The overall odds of winning any prize on the Oz Tatts Lotto are a very competitive 1 in just 210.

Record Jackpots…

In the Australian “Lotto” group of games the biggest jackpot won in either the Saturday Lotto, Wednesday Lotto or Monday Lotto was in November 1996 when 3 entries shared a top prize of AUS$ 15 million on the Monday Lotto.

This record was broken in April 2008 when the Saturday Lotto jackpot climbed to an all time high of AUS$ 19 Million.

The biggest win for a single ticket was on January 21st 2009 when a player from Nelson Bay, NSW, scooped AU$6 million on the Wednesday Lotto. This was the biggest jackpot to be won so far on the Wednesday Lotto.

Of course, the biggest Lotto game in Australia – the Oz Lotto itself – produces even bigger jackpots and the overall record to date for this game was produced on November 6th 2012 when the top prize figure reached AUS$ 111.97 Million.

The record for the largest jackpot win for a single ticket holder out of any Australian Lottery game goes to the Powerball game which produced a win of AU$58.7 million which was won by 4 work colleagues in Melbourne in June 2008.

How Are Jackpots Paid?

All Australian lottery prizes including the Saturday Tattslotto jackpot are paid as tax free cash lump sums.

You will need to make your claim within 12 months of the draw taking place before your ticket would become invalid.

If you have won an OzLotteries Saturday Lotto jackpot, you can collect your winnings after a 14 day validation period that ends following the draw. You will need to present your winning ticket at the Australian lotto HQ of the state where you purchased the ticket.

If you have won any other prize, you can normally claim this at the retailers the day after the draw has taken place. Retailers in different states have various cash payout limits but generally any win up to A$500 should be paid there and then with higher amounts depending upon cash availability.

Of course, if you have purchased your lottery tickets from an online lottery ticket sales agent like OzLotteries or TheLotter, you will not need to be concerned with the above, as your agent will take care of all these details for you and ensure that you get your payment asap when you play lottery online.

How Australia Benefits…

Proceeds and revenue from Australian lottery games, including the Australian Saturday Lotto benefits many good causes right across the country.

Each individual state will decide exactly where the money goes according to its own criteria with common organizations to benefit being community groups, charities, public hospitals, sporting organizations and arts groups.

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