In the absence of poker machines, the state government of Victoria awarded Tattersalls the right to conduct a weekly lottery to raise additional revenue to compliment the health system. The first Tattslotto draw, with a first division prize of A$50,000, was on 24 June 1972, televised on HSV-7 Melbourne.
Tattslotto, which was the first of its type in Australia, was originally based on the European style lotteries, where six numbers are selected from 40 in a standard game. Each week, six numbers and one supplementary number were mechanically drawn from a transparent barrel. Each televised draw was live-to air and witnessed by three officials, one