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Online lottery terms explained

If you’re new to online lottery, there’s a big chance you’ve encountered lottery jargon you’re not familiar with.

To make it easier for you to navigate our website and purchase your lottery tickets, we’ve put together a list of our common lottery terms and their meaning.

Bonus number or supplementary number

You’ll notice that some of our online lotteries have the main winning numbers, and then bonus or supplementary numbers. In some games, 1 or 2 bonus or supplementary numbers are drawn after the main winning numbers. These are used to determine the division prizes.

Cart

The Cart, or ‘shopping’ cart, is where our website keeps the items you have selected to be purchased. You can purchase multiple games and play from a multitude of draws and all prospective purchase will be stored in your Cart.

Checkout

Checkout is the procedure for paying for your lottery tickets once they are in the Cart. Once you are ready to finalise and pay for your purchase/s, you can proceed to the Checkout.

Combo

We know that sometimes our customers want to play to win from the draws of more than one international lottery at a time. To make it easy, we’ve bundled our lotteries into Combos.

We have 4 Combos:

USA Combo

  • 1 ticket in USA Mega Lotto
  • 1 ticket in USA Power Lotto

Euro Combo

  • 1 ticket in European Millions
  • 1 ticket in European Jackpot

USA/Euro Combo

  • 1 ticket in European Millions
  • 1 ticket in USA Mega Lotto
  • 1 ticket in USA Power Lotto

All Lotteries Combo

  • 1 ticket in European Jackpot
  • 1 ticket in European Millions
  • 1 ticket in Irish Lotto
  • 1 ticket in Italian Super Jackpot
  • 1 ticket in La Primitiva
  • 1 ticket in UK Lotto
  • 1 ticket in USA Mega Lotto
  • 1 ticket in USA Power Lotto

Division

In lottery there are several levels of prizes. Each of these levels is called a division. To win each division you will need to match certain drawn number or bonus numbers. You can see how many numbers you need to win each division on each of the lotteries’ How to Play page.

Favourites

When you play online lottery with The Lottery Office, you can set your Favourite numbers for a lottery and save them so they can be used again in the future.

Game

In lottery, a game is 1 set of numbers that you have chosen, or 1 Quick Play.
For each game you can either choose your own numbers or play a Quick Play and the numbers will be randomly selected for you.

Government licensed

In the lottery industry, a Government license enables a lottery company to legally and safely operate a lottery that is approved and regulated by a government body.
The Lottery Office is licensed and regulated by the Northern Territory government. Our operating procedures and financials are rigorously audited as part of the process for that extra peace of mind.

Jackpot

A jackpot is what we all dream of! The jackpot is a lottery’s top prize. It is often made up of consecutive previous first division prizes that have not been won and so ‘jackpot’ to the current first division prize total (see Jackpot Rollover below).

Lady looking at phone after winning lottery with The Lottery Office

Jackpot cap

This is the maximum prize money a jackpot will reach under the rules of the relevant lottery. The EuroMillions and Eurojackpot lotteries both have a Jackpot Cap.

Jackpot rollover

This is when a jackpot prize continues to accumulate when the drawn numbers aren’t matched by any ticket that is sold. If the lottery has a Jackpot Cap, the jackpot prize will continue to rise until the cap is reached. If the lottery doesn’t have a Jackpot Cap, the jackpot prize will continue to rise until the jackpot prize is won. The only exception is the UK Lotto, which after 5 consecutive draws with the jackpot not being won, distributes the jackpot to the lower divisions.

Joker

The Joker game can be played alongside Spain’s La Primitiva lottery. When you play the Joker you will be randomly assigned a 7 digit number to be used in a raffle with seven fixed prize categories.

Lottery draw

The process where the winning numbers are chosen from the pool of possible numbers. Government approved machines or programs are used to randomly select the winning numbers.

Matching Lottery Office ticket

When you play lottery with The Lottery Office, you are purchasing games in our Government approved lotteries, for example USA Mega Lotto or USA Power Lotto. After you receive your order, we purchase a matching ticket in the corresponding overseas lottery, for example US Mega Millions or US Powerball.

We issue you our Lottery Office ticket and retain the matched foreign lottery ticket so that we can collect any prize after the draw and pay you the exact same amount for your winning ticket.

The overseas lottery ticket is referred to as the matched lottery ticket, as all the details match the details on your Lottery Office ticket.

Multi-Draw

A Multi-Draw allows you to ‘set and forget’. When you purchase a Multi-Draw you can purchase 2, 3, 5, 10 or 20 consecutive draws in one transaction. The Multi-Draws option is only available if you choose your own numbers.

Multiplier feature

The Multiplier feature is available with both USA Power Lotto and USA Mega Lotto. For an extra AUD$3.45 this feature can multiply your non-jackpot prizes up to 10 times.

Quick Play

Select a Quick Play when you want to save time or don’t feel like choosing your own numbers. The numbers will be chosen at random for you.

Reintegro number

This number is an additional number drawn after the main numbers, from a second pool of 0-9, in La Primitiva lottery. When you match this one number you will win a prize. To win first division in La Primitiva lottery you need to match all 6 main numbers and the Reintegro Number.
Each ticket only has one Reintegro Number. Each ticket has up to eight games.

Results

The numbers drawn in our government licensed lotteries. These mirror the matching overseas lottery draw results. Our results are posted on our Results Page.

Superdraw

Randomly, extra prize money is added to the Division 1 prize of European Millions. There are normally 3 Superdraws per year, with the first division reaching approximately AUD$200 million.

Syndicates

A syndicate is when a group of players purchase lottery tickets together. Each player buys a share or shares in the syndicate and all the money is combined to purchase large quantities of lottery tickets to increase the chance of winning.

If the syndicate wins, the prize money is divided between the number of total shares sold in that syndicate. We collect the prize money from the overseas lottery and pay you the exact same amount we collect.

To learn more about playing lottery with The Lottery Office, check our FAQs and sign up for an account to PLAY!

FAQ

What is a Division?

In lottery there are several levels of prizes, and each of these levels is called a division. To win each division you will need to match certain drawn number or bonus numbers. You can see how many numbers you need to win each division on each of the lotteries’ How to Play page.

What is a game?

In lottery, a game is 1 set of numbers that you have chosen, or 1 Quick Play. For each game you can either choose your own numbers or play a Quick Play and the numbers will be randomly selected for you.

What's a Jackpot

A jackpot is a lottery’s top prize. It is often made up of consecutive previous first division prizes that have not been won and so ‘jackpot’ to the current first division prize total (see Jackpot Rollover below).

What's a Multi-Draw?

A Multi-Draw allows you to ‘set and forget’. When you purchase a Multi-Draw you can purchase 2, 3, 5, 10 or 20 consecutive draws in one transaction. The Multi-Draws option is only available if you choose your own numbers.