Monday and Wednesday Lotto are popular Australian lottery games that can be played for as little as AU$0.60 per ticket, with a minimum entry of four tickets.
As the title suggests, Monday and Wednesday Lotto draws take place twice per week at 20:30 Australian Eastern Standard Time.
To play the Monday and Wednesday Lotto, players choose six numbers between 1 and 45 or can use the Quick Pick feature to randomly generate six numbers.
As well as buying single tickets, Monday and Wednesday Lotto players can purchase multiple entries if they wish. Options include buying multiple Quick Pick tickets or using the System Entry feature. Through this feature, players can choose up to 20 numbers that are then entered into the following draw in multiple combinations for additional chances to win.
The Monday and Wednesday Lottos have fixed jackpots of AU$1 million, with no rollover.
Up to four people can win AU$1 million per draw. If there are more than four jackpot winners, the total AU$4 million jackpot is split equally between all players who match six numbers.
Occasionally, “superdraws” take place on selected Mondays with a jackpot of AU$5 million.
The odds of winning the Monday and Wednesday Lotto jackpot are 1 in 8,145,060.
These are favorable odds in comparison to many other lottery games around the world; however, the lack of rollover means it is possible to win AU$1 million at most.
Players can win Monday and Wednesday Lotto prizes at six different tiers.
1 in 8,145,060
5, plus 1 or 2
1 in 678,755
1 in 36,689
1 in 733
3, plus 1 or 2
1 in 297
1 or 2, plus 2
1 in 144
Monday and Wednesday Lotto winnings are paid out as lump-sum single payments.
Australia levies no taxes on lottery winnings; however, if you play the Monday and Wednesday Lotto games online from another country, remember to check whether winnings are subject to local taxes.
You must be at least 18 years of age to legally buy a Monday or Wednesday Lotto ticket in Australia.
Players in Australia can buy tickets from authorized lottery kiosks across the country, while players around the world can play both the Monday and Wednesday Lotto online.
Originally, this lottery game was called the Monday Lotto and only drawn once a week from 1979 until 1984, followed by the addition of a Wednesday draw.
Between 1989 and 1996, the second draw was made on Thursdays, before returning to Wednesday when the Powerball Lotto game was launched.
Players of the Monday and Wednesday Lotto originally chose six numbers from a set of 40, before this was expanded to 44 and, finally, the 45 that is used today.
Prior to the 1994 launch of Oz Lotto, Monday and Wednesday Lotto were the only lottery games that could be played in the state of New South Wales.