To say that there is a lot to choose from if you want to play lottery in Australia would be a huge understatement. In fact, there are so many games being played all days of the week that one would really have to commit quite a lot of time to play them all. The main reason behind this was that different states all had their own lotteries at some point in time and that they all, or at least most of them went national or near-national over the years, resulting in everyone having access to all the different lotteries in the Australia every day of the week. However, there are still those which are more popular than others and we would like to say a thing or two about these most popular ones.
Perhaps the most famous of all the lotteries in Australia is Saturday Lotto which has a long history behind it. The first draw was in 1972 and it has remained the most popular lottery in Australia ever since. It is a national draw that is held every Saturday and it is held by Tattersall’s. Depending on the state that you are from, you might know Saturday Lotto as Tattslotto, Gold Lotto, X Lotto or as simply Lotto or Saturday Lotto. It was the first national lottery of its kind, even though New South Wales was not included until 2000.
Because of the fact that NSW was not involved in Saturday Lotto, if we are being entirely precise and meticulous, the title of the first truly national Australian lottery goes to Oz Lotto. It is once again the brainchild of the Tattersall’s group and it came to life in 1994. This marked the first time the entire nation was covered and as such, it still holds a historic value, besides its apparent value as one of the most popular lotteries in Australia. The interesting thing about Oz Lotto is that in the beginning it was exactly the same as Saturday Lotto, with 6 numbers out of 45 being picked.
Another very popular lottery in Australia is Powerball, a lottery game which is based on the American game of the same name. Once again, the company behind it is Tattersall’s and once again, it is nationwide. It is different from the more conventional lotteries as it involves two barrels with one of them providing the first five numbers and the second one providing the final number – the Powerball.
Of course, this is just scratching the surface as Australia is very rich in different lotteries, such as Keno, trackside, Super 66, different Soccer Pools, State Lotto Draws, Draw Lotteries and so on. In essence, if you are a resident of Australia and you are a fan of lotteries, it is safe to say that you will never be bored and that you are never more than a few hours away from the next draw.