The very Australian history of Lucky Lotteries
It’s currently Australian lotteries’ biggest offer so it’s little wonder why Lucky Lotteries is the game on everyone’s lips now that the Mega Jackpot has soared to a record breaking $38.2 million dollars!
The distinctive raffle-style lottery game guarantees over 10,000 winners in every draw and unlike our other lottery games, you don’t have to share your winnings as each number in the draw is unique.
If you love Lucky Lotteries because it’s a one-of-a-kind lottery game, then you’ll love the quirky story about how the game came to life.
In 1931 Guy Menzies flew the first solo non-stop trans-Tasman flight, the two ends of the Sydney Harbour Bridge were joined in the middle, and James Scullin was our Prime Minister; it was also the year that the first State Lottery was drawn on the 20 August.
You may wonder why we’re bringing up the State Lottery, well, that’s the name Lucky Lotteries was given at its first inception.
Back then a ticket cost New South Wales players 5 shillings and 3 pence each and the first prize was $10,000.
The first tickets for the lottery were originally used to help fund New South Wales hospitals and 26 years later, in 1957 went onto fund Sydney’s most well-known icon, the Sydney Opera House, christening the name, Opera House Lottery.
The Opera House Lottery successfully ran for 23 years raising enough money for the entire construction of the Opera House.
New South Wales residents loved the game so much that it continued under the new name of Lucky Lotteries, with two variations - Super Jackpot and Mega Jackpot – administered by New South Wales Lotteries.
Since then, hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of 1st Prizes and Jackpot prizes have been won as the game expanded across the Lott’s jurisdictions.
Both Super and Mega Jackpots aren’t shy of hitting massive multi-million-dollar jackpots.
The record for the biggest Lucky Lotteries Super Jackpot prize was set in 2009 when a Newcastle ticket won $16,320,000.
Meanwhile, a woman from Sydney’s northern suburbs enjoyed Mega Jackpot’s biggest ever prize in 2011 – a whopping $38,185,000 windfall.
We’re so excited to be breaking records again for Lucky Lotteries and we can’t wait to see who our next Lucky multi-millionaire will be!