Saturday Lotto Superdraw
Every Saturday at 8:30pm AEST (9:30pm AEDT), the numbers for the Saturday Lotto are drawn (known as TattsLotto or Gold Lotto in some regions). While the Jackpot normally sits at $5 million, every 5 to 6 weeks it is replaced by a special $20 million Jackpot, known as a Superdraw.
- What are the differences between Saturday Lotto and Superdraws?
- Are Saturday Lotto Superdraws worth playing?
- Latest Saturday Lotto Superdraws results
- What happens if there is no winner?
- What is the difference between Superdraws and Megadraws?
What are the differences between Saturday Lotto and Superdraws?
Superdraws follow the same format and all the same rules as regular Saturday Lotto draws, with 8 balls drawn from a barrel containing balls ranging from 1 to 45. The first 6 balls are the winning numbers, the last 2 are the supplementary numbers.
The same usual system and pick entries are available for Superdraws. You can view the price & odds of each entry type here.
The odds of winning a Superdraw Jackpot sit at 1 in 8,145,060.
|Division 1||6 winning numbers||1 in 8,145,060|
|Division 2||5 winning numbers + 1 supplementary||1 in 678,755|
|Division 3||5 winning numbers||1 in 36,689|
|Division 4||4 winning numbers||1 in 733|
|Division 5||3 winning numbers + 1 supplementary||1 in 297|
|Division 6||1 or 2 winning numbers + 2 supplementaries||1 in 144|
Besides the larger Jackpot, the other key difference with regular draws is the popularity. As is also the case with Powerball and Oz Lotto, larger Jackpots attract the crowds, and the amount of entries sold goes up. Which makes sense, who would want $5M when you can win $20M instead?
Over the last 3 years (2018 - 2021), there have been 179 regular draws and 26 Superdraws. On average, a regular draw sells 68 million entries, which increases to 142 million entries for Superdraws*. At a price of $0.825 per entry, Australians spend an average of $117M on Superdraws!
Are Saturday Lotto Superdraws worth playing?
With more entries sold, the chances of multiple winners and thereby sharing the Jackpot also increases. Which begs the question, are Superdraws actually worth it in terms of winning a larger prize? What we want to know is wether the benefits of a large Jackpot are negated by the likelihood of having to share it amongst many winners.
While there is no way to know how many winners a specific draw will have, we can have a look at previous results. To keep things relevant, we'll again only use the last 3 years (2018 - 2021).
The following two charts display how often there was a certain amount of winners.
The x axis (bottom numbers) is the amount of winners, and the y axis how often it happened.
Unsurprisingly, the Superdraws have more winners on average, and had never less than 5 winners. The regular draws seem to mainly have between 1 to 10 winners.
One interesting thing to note is Superdraw no. 4061 from 20 June 2020 which had a staggering 27 winners! They each took home a $740,740 share from the $20M Jackpot.
Regular Saturday Lotto draw no. 4157 from 22 May 2021 had the smallest prize per winner at $409,991 with 15 winners.
On average, winners of regular Saturday Lotto draws won $1.32M, while winners of Superdraws won $2.19M. When considering the amount of entries sold, it is to be expected. About twice as many entries are sold on Superdraws, but the Jackpot is 4 times larger.
In conclusion, given that the odds of winning the first division are unchanged at 1 in 8,145,060, you would want to win on a Superdraw Saturday rather than on a regular Saturday draw.
Latest Saturday Lotto Superdraw results
|Draw Number||Date||Jackpot||Entries sold *||Winners|
|4271||25 Jun 2022||$20M||221M||7||Details|
|4257||7 May 2022||$20M||257M||11||Details|
|4243||19 Mar 2022||$20M||224M||16||Details|
|4233||12 Feb 2022||$20M||186M||8||Details|
|4199||16 Oct 2021||$20M||240M||6||Details|
|4187||4 Sep 2021||$20M||235M||7||Details|
|4177||31 Jul 2021||$20M||219M||10||Details|
|4165||19 Jun 2021||$20M||211M||14||Details|
|4153||8 May 2021||$20M||233M||11||Details|
|4139||20 Mar 2021||$20M||249M||8||Details|
What happens if there is no winner?
If no one hits the 6 winning numbers, the division 1 prize pool gets "jackpotted" to the next draw. It simply means that the division 1 prize pool will be bigger the week after!
While this is pretty unlikely for regular draws (happened only once in 179 draws!), it is even more unlikely for Superdraws and will probably never happen.
What is the difference between Superdraws and Megadraws?
Superdraws and Megadraws are both regular Saturday Lotto draws with a Jackpot on steroids. Superdraws are the bigger version of regular Saturday Lotto draws, and Megadraws are yet another bigger version of Superdraws with a Jackpot of $40M!
|Regular Saturday Lotto||$5M||Every Saturday, minus Superdraw and Megadraw dates|
|Saturday Superdraw||$20M||On Saturday Every 5 to 6 weeks|
|Saturday Megadraw||$40M **||On Saturday once a year around new year|
* This is an estimate calculated by multiplying the amount of lowest division winners with 144, which are the odds of winning that division.
** Megadraws originally had $30M Jackpots. It was increased to $40M with draw no. 4221 on 31 December 2021.
Saturday Lotto simulation
If you want to try your luck, you can use our Saturday Lotto simulation here. Select your numbers, your entry type (all system and pick entries are available!) and let the simulation run!