The Australia Monday Lotto offers up a no-frills lottery game that promises relatively good odds compared to other much bigger lotteries. Some features that lotto lovers no doubt love—like rollover jackpots and multiple draws per week—are absent here. But that doesn’t make Australia Monday Lotto a game undeserving of attention. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. Why is that? Find out as I take a closer look below!
The Australia Monday Lotto was first established way back in 1979, and was originally operated by NSW Lotteries. However, starting October 13, 2008 Australia’s Tattersall began offering the Monday and Wednesday Lotto games. Throughout its long history, the Australia Monday Lotto has had several changes to its mechanics made—such as bumping the number of balls from 40 to 45, and adding a sixth prize tier. The current mechanics have been in place since February 26, 2012.
Australia Monday Lotto is quite easy to pick up and play. The mechanics are dead simple: you pick six numbers from a selection pool ranging from 1 to 45, while two supplementary numbers—which determine who wins in certain non-jackpot tiers—are given during the draw.
To win the jackpot, you must match all six of your numbers, while matching five plus one or two supplementary numbers will net you the second prize. In total, there are six prize tiers you can win in, and you only need to match one or two of your numbers plus two supplementary numbers to win the lowest prize tier.
Speaking of prizes, Australia Monday Lotto is different from most lottery games in that the jackpots don’t fluctuate—they are of a fixed amount. You’re looking at a AU$1,000,000 top prize for every draw. This also means that jackpots don’t rollover. Every now and then, Australia Monday Lotto also holds superdraws—special draws that can offer up to AU$5 million in jackpot prizes.
Australia Monday Lotto’s are generally favorable. For instance, you have a 1 in 8,145,060 chance of winning the jackpot. If you compare that with the odds of, say, the US Powerball—with its 1 in 292,201,338 chance of winning the jackpot—and you’ll immediately see that the difference is night and day as far as odds go. Heck, even Ontario 49—which is a smaller game like Australia Monday Lotto—still has slightly longer odds. Check out the table below to see:
Because of the unique prize structure of Australia Monday Lotto, winning the fixed jackpot comes with a few caveats. For starters, if there are more than four jackpot winners, the jackpot will then climb to AU$4 million and will be divided accordingly to them. However, if there are four or less winning ticket holders, then each will winner will receive AU$1 million.
Two more things worth noting about Australia Monday Lotto: all prizes are 100% tax-free and paid in lump sum form. That said, if you played this game using an online lottery service then, depending on the rules of the lottery site, a commission fee might be deducted from your winnings. Plus, if you live in another country, you also might have to deal with your local tax laws. At least, you won’t have to worry about tax withholdings at the source.
Thanks to favorable odds, Australia Monday Lotto has produced many millionaires over the years. Here are some of more recent $1 million winners:
Australia Monday Lotto has a lot of good stuff for lotto lovers to chew on. Not only does it offer generally favorable odds compared to bigger international lotteries, this game from the Land Down Under also pays out prizes as 100% tax-free cash. The jackpot may be a fixed amount, but AU$1,000,000 is nothing to scoff at. And if you were hoping to win more than that, there are also the occasional superdraw wherein you could win up to AU$5,000,000. Australia Monday Lotto may not be as big as other lotteries, but for a mid-range lottery, it still packs a punch.
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