October 23, 2021

South African National Lottery

South African National Lottery

Since early 2000 80% of South Africans have come to know the slogan “tata ma chance, tata ‘ma millions”, for their weekly chance of becoming a millionaire.


On it’s first day of opening over 800 000 tickets were sold and nearly 70 Million Rands in revenue was collected from ticket sales in the first three weeks.


The National Lotto is South Africa’s most popular form of gambling!


A study in 2006 showed that 82% of South African’s played the lotto once a week and that a majority of those players were either unemployed or of the lower income earning bracket.
Average people hoping for a chance to change their lives and live their dreams.


34% of the Lotto revenue is donated to a charitable distribution fund under the new management of ITHUBA which was awarded the operating contract of the Lotto in June 2015.


ITHUBA’s goal are to re-invigorate the National Lottery through optimising the consumer experience, restoring faith and trust in the National Lottery, as well as showcasing its positive social contribution.



There are 6 Lotto games in South Africa:

The Lotto – which is drawn twice a week, where a player must choose 6 numbers in the range from 1 – 49.


Six balls are drawn and further bonus ball will be drawn to increase the chances of a win.A minimum of three balls and a bonus ball must be matched to win.There is also in option of a QuickDraw where random numbers are chosen for the players if they cannot choose their own numbers to play. The Lotto Plus – runs on the same days as the Lotto and the rules are exactly the same, it increases your chances to win and it costs a little bit more for this second chance ticket.


The jackpots are however less than The Lotto.


PowerBall – this game requires the player to pick 5 numbers between 1 – 45 and one PowerBall between 1 – 20.


The draw for this game is also twice a week but on different days to the Lotto and Lotto Plus.



The record jackpot prize for any Lottery game in South Africa was in PowerBall at R102,016,595. This prize was won in the Free State but to-date has never been collected.


The highest claimed prize was also from PowerBall at R91,068,427.


The PowerBall Plus – is the newest game to be introduced in South Africa and has the same concept as the Lotto Plus.


It gives the player a second chance to win, with the winnings being less than that of the PowerBall itself.


The draws are the same nights as the PowerBall.


Sportstake – A player predicts outcomes of 12 predetermined match fixtures drawn from the English Premier League and other identified professional soccer fixtures. This game is very popular amongst soccer (football) fans.


The player can select a single or multi match result for each fixture, but will pay slightly more for the latter ticket option. EAZiWIN – is a digital scratch card, where a card is compared against an electronically generated slip and not scratched as would be the case in traditional scratch cards.


These games are based on traditional African games and very popular with the township folk.


Where can I get Tickets:
South African Lottery Tickets are available at kiosks in most towns and cities throughout South Africa. The Lotto, Lotto Plus and PowerBall are playable online through the First National Bank and Nedbank banking websites and their relative mobile applications.


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