Wednesday Lotto found its humble beginnings back in 1979 and there have been very changes to the structure over the years apart from the addition of a second supplementary number in August 1990 and a slight change to the matrix in 2004. Originally a 6/44 configuration it was changed to 6/45 – the change coming to keep the game in line with the increasingly popular Saturday night Lotto.
Between April 2004 and May 2006 Wednesday’s jackpot didn’t roll over if not claimed, the prizemoney increasing in the lower divisions instead. Once the rollover feature returned so did larger first division prizes, increasing its popularity tenfold.
Like Monday and Saturday night Lotto, Wednesday night’s game uses a 6/45 matrix with players selecting 6 numbers from 45 and after the main six numbers are drawn, 2 supplementary numbers are drawn, increasing the number prize winning divisions to 5.
The biggest win for a single ticket in this division was on January 21st 2009 when a player from NSW scored $6 Million.