Lottery operators Tattersall's have been running Saturday Lotto for over forty years, following the success of the very first draw on 24th June 1972.
While Saturday Lotto enjoys widespread recognition in New South Wales and Western Australia, the game is actually marketed under alternate names in different regions of Australia. In Queensland Saturday Lotto is known as Gold Lotto, in South Australia the game is referred to as X Lotto and in Victoria, Tasmania, ACT and the Northern Territory the game is known as the "TattsLotto".
How to Play
Regardless of its name or the location in which it is played, Saturday Lotto always follows the same rules: players must choose six numbers from between 1 and 45. In the draws, six main numbers are drawn first followed by two supplementary numbers. To win the jackpot, a player must match all six main numbers.
Saturday Lotto prizes are calculated on a pari-mutuel basis, which means they are dependent upon ticket sales and the number of winners in a given division. The six prize tiers, along with their odds of winning and the percentage of the prize pool they each receive, are shown in the table below:
|Division||Winning Combinations||Odds (Based on One Game*)||Prize %|
|1st||Match 6||1 in 8,145,060||28%|
|2nd||Match 5 + 1 or 2 Supplementary Numbers||1 in 678,755||3.8%|
|3rd||Match 5||1 in 36,689||8.2%|
|4th||Match 4||1 in 733||12.4%|
|5th||Match 3 + 1 or 2 Supplementary Numbers||1 in 297||20.8%|
|6th||Match 1 or 2 + 2 Supplementary Numbers||1 in 144||26.8%|
|Approximate overall odds of winning a prize: 1 in 85|
*The minimum play for TattsLotto is four games.
Every Saturday Lotto jackpot is worth a minimum of AU$4 million, but if there is no jackpot winner in any given week, the top prize will roll over and increase in value for the following draw. However, the Saturday Lotto jackpot can only roll over for a maximum of four times, and if there are still no top tier winners in the fifth draw the Division 1 prize pool will roll down to be shared among the winners in Division 2.
Claiming a Prize
The method for claiming a Saturday Lotto prize varies depending on how you purchased your ticket:If you have purchased your ticket online through the lottery ticket concierge service:
- You will receive an email notification informing you of the draw results and of any prizes you have won. Following this, any prize money will be transferred into your online account although the speed of transfer depends on the value of the win.
- Division 1 prizes will be paid within 24 days of the draw taking place.
- Division 2 prizes will be paid within eight days of the draw taking place.
- Prizes in all other divisions will be paid within 24 hours of the draw taking place.
- Once the prizes have been transferred into your online account they money will be available for withdrawal or for use on future purchases.
- With paper tickets, the value of your win will affect how you can claim your prize
- Prizes less than AU$1,500 – Can be claimed at any TattsLotto outlet, providing the ticket was purchased in the same jurisdiction. If you win a prize worth AU$200 or less and you live in Victoria, you can claim your winnings at a Tatts Quick Outlet.
- AU$1,500 - $3,999 – Can be claimed at the outlet's discretion. Depending upon available funds, any outlet is permitted to make immediate payment or arrange an alternative.
- AU$4,000 - $24,999 – Again, all TattsLotto outlets are permitted to pay prizes of up to AU$24,999 after obtaining authorisation from Tattersall's. However, outlets are not permitted to pay any First Division prizes, even if they are worth less than AU$24,999.
- First Division prizes must be collected directly from Tattersall's and are paid out from the first business day two weeks following the draw.