Australian Lottery Information
How to Play
Do I need to be Australian to play?
You do not need to live in or be from Australia in order to take part in any of the exciting lottery games that the country has to offer. If you live elsewhere it is possible to play Tattslotto, Oz Lotto, Australia Powerball and many other games through an online lottery concierge service.
These services are safe and secure and allow you to enjoy lottery games from around the world. Your ticket will be registered in your name, fully guaranteeing your prizes, and will be held by the service for safekeeping. You will be able to view it in your online lottery account and will receive an email informing you if you have won a prize.
Just use the "Buy Tickets" links on the Play Online page.
What is a Full System?
A full system allows players to play more numbers on their ticket than are drawn in a particular lottery game, giving them a better chance of matching the winning line and claiming the jackpot. For instance, playing a System 9 allows you to pick nine numbers on Oz Lotto, where there are seven balls drawn, and means that you essentially play every permutation of seven different numbers from the nine.
By playing a number of different entries, it also means that just by matching some of the winning numbers you are likely to benefit from accruing multiple lower division prizes. However, the advantages have to be off-set against the increased expense of the ticket; matching a few or all of the winning line will maximise your prizes, but matching none of the balls drawn will prove costly.
There is also the option to play fewer than the seven numbers. For example, you can increase your chances of winning the Division One prize for Oz Lotto by selecting fewer numbers on a system entry. In this instance, you would pick fewer numbers, with the rest of the line consisting of entries guaranteed to be part of the winning line. The price of the ticket is significantly increased, but your chances of winning a share of millions of dollars are hugely improved.
What is a Reduced System?
A reduced system works like a full system, but leaves out many of the repeated strings of numbers. The rewards are lower due to many of the combinations being left out, but the cost of the ticket is dramatically reduced, and it still offers a decent return if you match some or all of the winning numbers.
What is a Syndicate?
A syndicate is usually a group of friends, family members or colleagues who group together to buy a number of tickets for a lottery game with the agreement that any money that they win is shared between the members.
The advantage is that you distinctly improve your odds of winning due to the number of tickets that your group has played in each draw, with the only downside being that you have to share your winnings. However, even a portion of a multi-million dollar Division One prize could make you an instant millionaire.
Are winnings taxable?
Although no tax is deducted from Australian lottery prizes, if you are playing from overseas you should ensure that you check with your local tax authorities in order to be fully aware of any liabilities you may be subject to within your own jurisdiction.