Oz Lotto: How you could become $30m richer

Nadine Carroll
·3-min read

Australians dreaming of finishing the year as multi-millionaires will have a chance tonight as Oz Lotto jackpots to $30 million dollars.

To win the major prize, Aussies will need to match their chosen numbers with the seven division one winning numbers for Oz Lotto draw 1396 on Tuesday night.

In October, a single entry from the ACT took home more than $11 million after claiming the entire $10 million division one jackpot and other divisional prizes in draw 1390.

In September, a self-confessed “country girl” headed back to work even after scooping up more than $20 million in Oz Lotto’s draw 1387 by playing the same numbers for over 20 years.

What it’s really like to win the lottery

A woman holds an Oz Lotto ticket in front of a car (left) while yellow Oz Lotto balls sit together (right.
The Lott has revealed how 2019's top lottery winners spent their cash. Source: The Lott

In the last financial year, more than 104.9 million winners took home more than $3.45 billion in prize money from their favourite games at The Lott – including Saturday Lotto, Monday and Wednesday Lotto, Powerball, Oz Lotto, Set for Life, Lucky Lotteries, Keno, Super 66, Lotto Strike and Instant Scratch-Its.

The Lott has shared details from its inaugural Winners Report revealing how 2019’s division one lottery winners spent their prize money and how they handled becoming overnight millionaires.

While the majority of division one lottery winners kept their identity a secret, 70 per cent of them chose to share the exciting news with immediate family.

A man holds an Oz Lotto ticket in a newsagent.
Oz Lotto has jackpotted to $30 million on Tuesday. Source: The Lott

The most common way winners discovered news of their major win was from the team at The Lott phoning the lucky winners directly.

“We got to hear the winning screams of delight from almost a third of winners who discovered their life-changing news through a phone call from us, followed by 20 per cent who crossed off their lottery numbers one by one as they watched the draw with high anticipation,” The Lott spokesperson Lauren Cooney said.

How did they spend the winnings?

While many people dream about exotic travels should they one day win big, only around half of division one winners went on a holiday immediately after their windfall.

“We were surprised by this finding because so many winners tell us the first thing they are going to do when they receive their prize is head on a long-dreamt of overseas holiday,” Ms Cooney explained.

About 40 per cent of lottery winners used their money to purchase a home or pay off an existing mortgage, and 34 per cent bought a new car.

Oz Lotto winners spending their winnings on a holiday.
Only around half of division one winners went on a holiday immediately after their windfall. Source: The Lott

While the great Australian dream and a new set of wheels are on a lot of people’s wish lists, there have been a few out of the ordinary purchases in the last year.

“One player said they bought an engagement ring and staged a wedding, another revealed they shouted helicopter rides for family and friends,” Ms Cooney said.

Oz Lotto draw 1396 offering a $30 million jackpot closes on Tuesday 17 November 2020 at 7:30pm AEST before the draw at 8.30pm AEST.

Tickets can be purchased at any licensed lottery outlet, online from thelott.com or via The Lott mobile app.

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