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Special Lotto Draws Set For Christmas Season

Last Updated: Thursday 14 November 2019, 15:48 pm

Australian lottery players can look forward to a bumper week after Christmas, with a series of special draws lined up to mark the festive season. There is set to be the traditional Saturday Lotto Megadraw, followed by Double Your Win events in Monday and Wednesday Lotto.

Huge Jackpot in Saturday Lotto Megadraw

Full details about the festive draws have yet to be officially announced, but a Saturday Lotto Megadraw is traditionally held on the final Saturday of every year, so this year’s date will be 28 December. It will work in much the same way as a Superdraw, boosting the jackpot to a guaranteed amount for one night only.

Whereas the First Division prize in a Superdraw is $20 million, up from the regular $4 million, a Megadraw offers a jackpot of $30 million. You still have to pick six numbers from 1 to 45, and if you match them all you win a share of the top prize.

There are multiple winners in most Saturday Lotto draws, so the boosted prize fund ensures that the luckiest players get a larger payout than they would normally expect. In last year’s Megadraw, 17 players shared the $30 million jackpot, taking home more than $1.7 million each.

Monday and Wednesday Lotto Events

Following on from the Megadraw on 28 December, the Monday Lotto draw on 30 December and the Wednesday Lotto draw on 1 January will also offer excellent opportunities to snap up big prizes, with Double Your Win draws set to be held.

A Double Your Win draw, also known as a Double Win Day in Western Australia, is a special promotion which only takes place from time to time. If you win any prize from Division Two to Division Six, your payout will be instantly multiplied by two.

The jackpot is not doubled, so you will still win $1 million if you match all six numbers in one of these draws. Unlike Saturday Lotto, the prize is a fixed amount for each winner in Monday and Wednesday Lotto, provided there are not more than four winners. If there are five or more winners, $4 million is spread equally between them.

Tips For Winning A Bigger Prize

The odds of winning a prize are exactly the same for every single line of numbers entered into a Lotto draw, but there are some strategies that you could use to boost your chances of success.

One method is simply to play more entries, as the more tickets you buy, the more your odds improve. You can even purchase system entries where you pick more than the required six numbers, and then all your different combinations are used in the draw. If you play a Pick entry, the system guarantees that you will match one or two of the winning numbers.

The price adds up when you submit multiple entries, but one good way to keep your own costs down is to play in a syndicate. By teaming up with other players, you are increasing your chances without having to spend as much as you would on your own. You would have to share winnings, of course, but with such big prizes up for grabs this Christmas you might decide it is the perfect time.

Another good idea is to use random numbers rather than a familiar pattern such as 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6. While this does not make you more likely to win, it does mean there is less chance that you will have to share a prize. If a more recognisable sequence came up, lots of players would probably all have the same numbers and their payouts would be smaller.

It promises to be a spectacular few days for lottery players after Christmas, and there are still lots of big draws to enter in the meantime. You can check the latest Australian Lottery Results straight after they take place.

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