About Australia's Official Lotteries

 

The Lott is the mark of trust that unites Australia's Official Lotteries by Tatts (Tattersall's Sweeps Pty Ltd), Tatts NT (Tatts NT Lotteries Pty Ltd), NSW Lotteries (NSW Lotteries Corporation Pty Ltd), Golden Casket (Golden Casket Lottery Corporation Limited) and SA Lotteries (Tatts Lotteries SA Pty Ltd) under one banner.

Every time you play your favourite games through Australia's Official Lotteries, you are helping to play an important role in supporting and inspiring our Australian communities.

The signs are everywhere. When Australia dreams, we all win.

More than $2 billion in prizes last financial year

This included more than 415 division one prize winners# and 203 new millionaires in Australia. This isn’t surprising, with approximately 60 cents of every dollar you spend on lotteries going back into prizes for players~.

“Oh my god! You’ve stopped my heart! I need my heart fixed!” the woman screamed. “Oh my god! I just won $16 million!” - Oz Lotto draw 1222 on Tuesday 18 July 2017
“Are you serious!?!  You are kidding me!  I can’t believe it,” he said, bursting out laughing. “Oh man! You have made my whole life!  How amazing is this?” - Oz Lotto draw 1222 on Tuesday 18 July 2017

 

$1.1 billion towards community initiatives

Last financial year, Australia’s Official Lotteries contributed over $1.1 billion* to help support community initiatives like hospitals, schools and sporting groups.

 

Supporting over 3800 small businesses

You may not realise that by playing Australia’s official lottery games at your local the Lott outlet, you’re supporting small businesses who receive a lottery commission as part of your purchase. Last financial year we paid over $340 million in commission to more than 3800 retailers across Australia (excluding WA).  

 

Our History

1881

George Adams, a publican, coach driver, stock dealer, saddler, baker and goldfields hopeful, organises a public sweep on the Sydney Cup. This sweep becomes the cornerstone of Tattersall’s Sweeps.

1895

George Adams moves to Hobart and organises a Grand Lottery of a number of bank properties.

1896

The Tasmanian government passes legislation allowing the conduct of public lotteries. Tickets are sold across Australia and New Zealand by post.

1957

To finance the building of the Sydney Opera House, tickets in Opera House Lottery No. 1 go on sale. Tickets are £5 ($10) each with a first prize of £100,000 ($200,000).

1972

The first Lotto draw is developed in Victoria.  The game is six from 40 numbers and designed to produce large first prizes. The first draw is held on 22 June and televised live. The draw is originally held on Thursday nights, but moves to Saturday later this year.

1982

Instant Lotteries (now Instant Scratch-Its) go on sale, with the first tickets costing $1 each with a top prize of $10,000.

1984

The world’s first lottery player registration service (now known as Tatts Card) is introduced.

1990

Club Keno, a computer-generated game with draws every five minutes, instant cash payouts and large jackpot prizes is introduced in South Australia.

1994

Australia’s first national game, Oz Lotto, is launched by the Australian Lotto Bloc. The multi-million dollar jackpotting game has a six from 45 numbers structure and six prize divisions. The first draw is televised live nationally on Tuesday 22 February.

1996

Following the success of Oz Lotto, the Australian Lotto Bloc launches a second national jackpotting game, Powerball.

2015

The Australian Lotto Bloc launched the first national game since 1996, Set for Life. Set for Life is a unique eight from 37 numbers game with draws conducted every day of the year and a 1st Prize of $20,000 every month for 20 years. The first draw is held on Friday 7 August, and the first winning entry is drawn two days later on Sunday, 9 August.

Today

Australia’s Official Lotteries continues to turn dreams into reality with billions of dollars in prizes paid out each year. 

 

* State Lottery Taxes FY17 Australia-wide (ex. WA).
^ Relates to the period 1 July 2016 to 30 June 2017.
~ After retailer lottery commission.
# Includes Saturday Lotto, Monday Lotto, Oz Lotto, Wednesday Lotto, Powerball, The Pools, Lotto Strike, Super 66, Lucky Lotteries Jackpot and Spot 10 Keno (SA) across Australia (excluding WA) during the period 1 July 2016 to 30 June 2017.