What it means to be a regulated lottery
The Lott is the home of Australia’s official lotteries, where we inspire dreams, provide the games you love and deliver life-changing wins.
But what is an official lottery and why should that matter to you?
The Lott unites Tatts, NSW Lotteries, Golden Casket, and SA Lotteries, which are licensed or authorised in all Australian states and territories (except Western Australia) to conduct lottery draws.
Being a regulated lottery matters as it provides protection, accountability and transparency to players, and benefits to the community.
You know lottery games are conducted the way they should be
Each and every aspect of game play for Australia’s official lotteries is authorised by government regulators and set out in each game’s comprehensive Game Rules. Government authorities ensure these rules are strictly adhered to every time a draw takes place, or a new Instant-Scratch-Its ticket is released.
If any changes to the rules are proposed, it is the regulatory government body that determines if they get accepted.
Additionally, every single draw is supervised by a government regulator— they’re like the ultimate umpire or referee — ensuring every aspect of the game is conducted with integrity. For a further look at the role of government regulators, check out our On the Ball series.
You know what prizes you’ll be paid if you win
Let’s talk prizes!
We’re in the business of paying prizes and last financial year we paid out more than $3.3 billion# in prize money. It’s an incredibly fun part of what we do— but it’s also something we take great care with and have regulatory commitments to ensure that prizes are paid appropriately.
These commitments ensure that you always have access to accurate information related to the draw, the prizes that are on offer, and how the prize money is allocated and distributed, including:
- The winning numbers following each draw
- The value of each Prize Division
- The number of winners in each Prize Division
- The percentage amount allocated for the total Prize Pool, and how this is further distributed across Prize Divisions
This information can be found on the results page of our website and in the Game Rules.
Did you know state regulation also determines how long you have to claim your prize? We honour the prize claim periods in accordance with each state and we’re eager to unite every winner with their prize in that time-frame. In one memorable case, we had a Queensland winner claim her $50,000 Instant-Scratch-Its prize after more than three years! More information about how long you have to claim a prize can be found on our website.
When Australia dreams, we all win
We’re proud to be the official home of Australia’s lotteries and there’s nothing we love more than inspiring Aussie dreams across the country. On top of that, we understand that we have national reach and are uniquely positioned to enact positive change by funding important public initiatives.
Last financial year we paid over $355 million in commission to more than 3,800 retailers across the country, many of whom are small business owners, and over $1.4 billion^ in state lottery taxes to support our communities. Every time you play your favourite games with the Lott, you contribute to the longevity and growth of local businesses, health and education services, and many more community causes.
In addition to our commitments on home soil, we also join a global vision for responsible, ethical, and entertaining lotteries through the World Lottery Association and have gained the highest level of accreditation for responsible gambling practices thorough their internationally recognised framework.
To maintain this accreditation, we must demonstrate with evidence, our continuous dedication to responsible gambling conduct. It’s not just a box we tick once— we consistently review our practices in order to provide you with a safe, secure, and friendly environment in which to play our games.
As a regulated lottery, we’re entrusted with upholding our commitments to players, retailers and the community. It’s a responsibility that was central to the inception of our state-based lotteries, and more than 100 years later, continues to define our ongoing objectives on a national scale.
# 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 2018 to 30 June 2019.
^ State Lottery
Taxes FY19 Australia-wide (ex. WA).