OZ Lotto Odds: What Are My Chances of Winning?

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There aren’t that many ways that you can turn $1.30 into a minimum of $2 million and none where it can happen more quickly than via a lottery win.

The OzLotto was introduced as Australia’s first national lottery in 1994 and, thanks to its guaranteed prize funds, remains a popular way for Aussies to get in on the chance to make it rich.

In this guide, we take a look at the chances of winning the OzLotto as well as compare these odds to other Australian lotteries.


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The Oz Lotto: Chances of Winning

The largest OzLotto jackpot was in 2013 when a main prize of $100,000,000 was put up for the taking. At the time of the draw it was estimated that one in three adult Australians had purchased a ticket to be in with a chance.

OzLotto jackpot win odds

If you want to win big, you need to take part but what are the chances of a win? Image via MaxPixel.

But what kind of chance did any of them have at scooping that enormous jackpot?

We take a look at the odds of winning below.

Draw Date Every Tuesday
Estimated Prize Jackpot $2 million (more as jackpots roll over up to $50 million+
Minimum Game PlayOne
Price$1.30

9 random numbers are drawn from a barrel of 45; the first seven are the main draw numbers with two further numbers being supplementary.

DivisionWinning CombinationOdds of Winning
17 Matching main numbers1 in 45,379,620
26 Matching main numbers plus 1 supplementary1 in 3,241,401
36 Matching main numbers1 in 180,078
45 Matching main numbers plus 1 supplementary1 in 29,602
55 Matching main numbers1 in 3,430
64 Matching main numbers1 in 154
73 Matching main numbers plus 1 supplementary1 in 87

To put the odds of winning the Oz Lotto jackpot into perspective, we take a look at some other improbable sounding possibilities and their odds:

  • Chances of being related to Royalty? Almost 100% according to leading geneticist, Adam Rutherford. At a recent history festival, he proved that almost every Briton was related to King Edward III. In fact, his team calculated that the chance of anyone born in Europe after 1970 not being related to the 14th century monarch was just 0.0000000000000000000000000001.
  • Chance of being struck by lightning? According to David Hand, author of The Improbability Principle, your chances of being struck by lightning are around 1 in 300,000 which makes the likelihood of winning that jackpot seem pretty slim.
  • Chances of having quadruplets? The seemingly rare phenomenon of giving birth to five babies is a one in 800,000 chance.
  • Chance of being attacked and killed by a shark? Yes, this is also more likely than matching all seven main numbers. The chances of this occurring are 1 in 3,748,067
odds of winning ozlotto

You might have more chance of being related to Prince William than winning big on the OzLotto but the chance of big bucks keeps us playing. Image via Flickr.

Of course, your odds of having five babies are greatly reduced if you aren’t a woman just as anyone who never goes into the sea will probably report better chances of shuffling off this mortal coil any other way than at the hands of a shark. This just proves that odds can be favourably improved just as your chances of winning that OzLotto jackpot are increased if you are actually in the draw!

Oz Lotto Odds Compared

Monday Lotto

Draw Date Every Monday
Estimated Prize Jackpot $1 million
Minimum Game PlayFour
Price$2.40

8 random numbers are drawn from a barrel of 45; the first six are the main draw numbers with two further numbers being supplementary.

DivisionWinning CombinationOdds of Winning
16 Matching main numbers1 in 8,145,060
25 Matching main numbers plus 1 supplementary1 in 678,755
35 Matching main numbers1 in 36,690
44 Matching main numbers1 in 733
53 Matching main numbers plus 1 supplementary1 in 298
61 or 2 Matching main numbers plus 2 supplementary1 in 144

Wednesday Lotto

Draw Date Every Wednesday
Estimated Prize Jackpot 14 million
Minimum Game PlayFour
Price$2.40

8 random numbers are drawn from a barrel of 45; the first six are the main draw numbers with two further numbers being supplementary.

DivisionWinning CombinationOdds of Winning
16 Matching main numbers1 in 8,145,060
25 Matching main numbers plus 1 supplementary1 in 678,755
35 Matching main numbers1 in 36,690
44 Matching main numbers1 in 733
53 Matching main numbers plus 1 supplementary1 in 298
61 or 2 Matching main numbers plus 2 supplementary1 in 144

 

australian lotto chances of winning

Playing the lotto is easy. Licensed retailers are on the high streets and you can play online. Image via Flickr.

Saturday Lotto

Draw Date Every Saturday
Estimated Prize Jackpot $4 million (more on special event draws)
Minimum Game PlayFour
Price$2.40

8 random numbers are drawn from a barrel of 45; the first six are the main draw numbers with two further numbers being supplementary.

DivisionWinning CombinationOdds of Winning
16 Matching main numbers1 in 8,145,060
25 Matching main numbers plus 1 supplementary1 in 678,755
35 Matching main numbers1 in 36,690
44 Matching main numbers1 in 733
53 Matching main numbers plus 1 supplementary1 in 298
61 or 2 Matching main numbers plus 2 supplementary1 in 144

Powerball

Draw Date Every Thursday
Estimated Prize Jackpot $3 million (jackpot increases and can be over $50 million)
Minimum Game PlayTwo
Price$1.85

6 random numbers are drawn from a main barrel of 40 with a second ‘powerball’ drawn from a second barrel of 20 numbers.

DivisionWinning CombinationOdds of Winning
16 Matching main numbers plus the power ball1 in 76,767,600
26 Matching main numbers1 in 4,040,400
35 Matching main numbers plus the power ball1 in 376,312
45 Matching main numbers1 in 19,806
54 Matching main numbers plus the power ball1 in 9,123
63 Matching main numbers plus the power ball1 in 641
74 Matching main numbers1 in 480
82 Matching main numbers plus the power ball1 in 110

Set for Life

Draw Date Every day
Estimated Prize Jackpot$20k per month for twenty years
Minimum Game PlayTwo sets
Price$8.40

Ten numbers are drawn from a barrel of 37 with the first eight being the main draw numbers and the final two being bonus balls.

DivisionWinning CombinationOdds of Winning
18 Matching main numbers1 in 38,608,020
27 Matching main numbers plus 1 bonus ball1 in 2,413,001
37 Matching main numbers1 in 178,741
46 Matching main numbers plus 1 or 2 bonus balls1 in 25,070
56 Matching main numbers1 in 3,928
65 Matching main numbers plus 1 or 2 bonus balls1 in 946
75 Matching main numbers1 in 236
84 Matching main numbers plus 1 or 2 bonus balls1 in 89

set for life lottery win

Though the prize is smaller than a jackpot win, the ‘Set for Life’ draw is popular. Who wouldn’t fancy never having to work again with a guaranteed income of $240k a year?! Image via Pixabay.

Cash 3

Draw Date Every day
Estimated Prize Jackpot$500
Minimum Game PlayOne
Price$0.50-$1.00

3 random numbers are drawn from 1-9, match them in order and you win the jackpot. Match all three, but in a different order and you can still win.

DivisionWinning CombinationOdds of Winning
1Exact order of all three balls1 in 1000
2Any order (2 numbers are in a different position)1 in 333.33
3Any order (all 3 numbers are in a different position)1 in 167.67

Super 66

Draw DateEvery Saturday
Estimated Prize JackpotMinimum jackpot of $16,666
Minimum Game PlayOne
Price$1.00

6 random numbers from 1-9 are drawn, winning numbers must be in the order drawn.

DivisionWinning CombinationOdds of Winning
16 winning numbers in order1 in 1,000,000
25 winning numbers in order1 in 55,556
34 winning numbers in order1 in 5,556
43 winning numbers in order1 in 556
52 winning numbers in order1 in 56

OzLotto Odds: Conclusion

Whilst the odds of winning the jackpot in the OzLotto remain pretty high, the overall chance of winning remains one of the better likelihoods of scooping a prize when it comes to playing Australian lotteries. With a chance of at least 1 in 87 of winning, you’ve got to be in it to win it.

Featured image by The Lott.

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