Game Rules & Odds

The Pools odds of winning

Division What you need in one game to win Odds based
on 1 Game*
Odds based
on 12 Games
Division 1 6 winning numbers 2,760,681:1 230,058:1
Division 2 5 winning numbers + the supplementary number 460,114:1 38,343:1
Division 3 5 winning numbers 14,842:1 1,237:1
Division 4 4 winning numbers 371:1 31:1
Division 5 3 winning + the supplementary number 297:1 25:1

* Minimum play for The Pools: 4 standard games

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The Pools probability formula

The Pools uses the formula: 38c6 = (38 x 37 x 36 x 35 x 34 x 33) / (1 x 2 x 3 x 4 x 5 x 6)*

Prize Division What you need in one game to win Formula
*Used to calculate Division One odds of winning. A minimum of 4 games is required to play.
Division 1 6 winning numbers 38c6
Division 2 5 winning numbers + the supplementary number 38c6 / 6c5
Division 3 5 winning numbers (38c6 / (6c5 x 31c1))
Division 4 4 winning numbers (38c6 / (6c4 x 32c2))
Division 5 3 winning + the supplementary number (38c6 / (6c3 x 31c2))

The Pools prize fund

In accordance with Rules 11.7 and 11.8 of the Rules of Authorised Lotteries, the Prize Fund in each draw of The Pools shall be distributed amongst the Prize Divisions as follows:

(A) For draws conducted on and after 5 May 2007:

Division Percentage
Division 1 65.0%
Division 2 2.0%
Division 3 6.0%
Division 4 15.0%
Division 5 12.0%