Australian lotto would have not come about if not for the NSW Lotteries Corporation. It started with the passing of the State Lottery Bill on December 1930. This led to the founding of the State Lottery Office on 1931. However, it was not the best time to be jubilant since it was the year of the Great Depression. Cash was not as abundant and many people were unemployed during these times. Diseases were spreading due to the widespread poverty and hospitals were having problems on accommodating and servicing the sick. The lottery was the best way to generate funds for the States Hospitals while providing a bit of joy to the people.
The facts about NSW Lotteries point to August 20, 1931 as the day of the first state lottery. It was won by a housewife named Eileen Morton and got £5,000 as the jackpot prize. There was also a special Christmas Gift Lottery during that year with a prize of £9,000. In 1957, to help in the construction of the Sydney Opera House, an Opera House Lottery No. 1 was introduced with a first prize of £100,000. However, it was in 1979 when the very first Lotto draw was held. Its first millionaire was named Sam Fabio and he won $1,185,872.
The NSW Lotteries has maintained its commitment and dedication as was first seen over 75 years ago. They continue to raise funds for various government projects which aid the people in their daily lives. As more and more people begin to notice the fun in playing Lotto, the NSW Lotteries continuously work on maintaining their quality of service while looking for new features to incorporate to the various games to make them even more exciting and appealing.
Lotteries in Australia
In Australia, lottery games have started way back in the history of the country. Nowadays there are a lot of lotto games held in different Australian states. Some lotteries are held on a particular time or season while some lotteries are held all year round. The trend of lottery in Australia is such that when one state pioneers one lottery game, that stat’s example would be followed by the rest of the states in the country.
Back in the 1880s when the first ever Australian lottery was inaugurated in New South Wales’ capital in Sydney. The first games mere merely sweepstakes draws that were privatly operated. This first lottery base in Sydney was then transferred to Queensland, then Tasmania and lastly Victoria. Although there were a number of times that the lottery base was transported to different places, it is in this modern age that the success of the lottery games is visible and obvious to the Australians.
There are lottery games in Australia that are operated by some known private groups and some are managed by the Australian government. One government-operated lottery game was the Golden Casket Art Union. This game was first played in 1916 and since then, the lottery’s proceeds or part of total ticket sales is known to be a source of fund for charitable projects and community developments. Regarded like a pioneer in the industry, this Golden Casket lottery paved the way and served as model for the other state lotteries of the present time.
As for the lottery games organized by private groups, one example would be soccer pools owned by private groups and institutions. These pool games are established and built during the 1970’s. One important event in the history of the pool lottery is in 1981 when different pools from Western Australia, South Australia, Northern Territory, ACT, Tasmania and Victoria were combined into a single prize pool, leaving only Queensland which chose to operate its specific lottery. In 1993, the National Lottery network was established as made possible by an agreement with the NSW lotto.
Among all types and forms of lottery games in Australia, there is one most popular game participated in by the Australian citizens due to its high amounts of pay outs. However, this game, the Superdraw is not a year round lottery game, instead there are only specific seasons that this game is held and organized.
Comparable to a regular lotto game is the Superdraw, but the prize offered in this game is considerably higher. There are four divisions of prizes in Superdraw to determine if the player has won. Division 1 is when all the player’s chosen number sets match all 6 drawn numbers. Division 2 is when one set matches the 5 winning numbers with one supplementary number. Division 3, when only one set matches 5 winning figures and Division 4 for one number set to match 4 of the drawn numbers.
History of Lotto
Records show that lotteries were played as early as 205 to 187 BC. Old literature such as the Iliad by Homer mention lots being drawn as a way to determine which warrior was going to fight in battle. The word lottery have two various origins. It can be attributed to the Dutch word "loterij" which comes from their noun lot meaning "fate". It would have also come from the Italian word "lotto", also meaning "fate".
Lottery history mentions the Dutch as the first people to give away solely money prizes for winning the game. The money collected from these lotteries was used for various country purposes such as upgrading defenses and the creation of roads and buildings. At around 1566, the first recorded official lottery was held by the English. Its prizes included valuable commodities at that time such as silver plates. Seeing the popularity of the game, the royalties instituted the English State Lottery. It was one of the sources of income for the country and has even funded the creation of art houses such as the British Museum in London.
Popular international figures can be seen in lottery history. The greats such as Caesar and King Francis I of France used lotteries to fund their projects. The first American president, George Washington, instituted a lottery to help build a road among the mountains. The noted inventor, Benjamin Franklin, used a lottery to pay for cannons. From then onwards, lotteries have become popular in many countries. There are now national lotteries in various places around the world. Although some countries are against gambling, the lottery continues to provide funds for various projects while giving a sense of excitement to the people who love to play this game of chance.