January 23, 2022

The South African Lottery

The South African Lottery

Most countries around the world have their own lotteries, some only available to the locals and some available to international players, some as old as the Dutch lottery the Staatsloterij that dates back to 1726 (read more about the Staatsloterij ,“The oldest lottery that exists today”) and some as new as the South African Lottery.



HISTORY – The South African Lottery was established by Uthingo on 11 March 2000. There were over 800,000 tickets sold on the first day of ticket sales. Only South African Citizens are allowed to play the national lottery. In 2003 the LOTTO Plus game was launched to supplement the weekly lottery. Over the next few years the Lottery changed hands between various operators, and was even suspended briefly in 2007, however in 2015 the operating licence was finally awarded to Ithuba. 


TODAY – There are 7 games that run under the South African National Lottery.


LOTTO – The LOTTO is run every Wednesday and Saturday at 21:00 (Local Time – GMT +2). A ticket offers a player a choice of 6 numbers between 1 to 49 numbers, this can be done manually or as a ‘quick pick’ which is a computer generated selection. A set of 49 balls are used for the draw, and six balls are drawn with the addition of a bonus ball. Prizes are won when at least 3 numbers are matched. The current entry fee for the draw is R5.00 per board.


LOTTO PLUS – The LOTTO PLUS is an extra opportunity for a player to win; it is exactly the same as the LOTTO but costs the player an additional R2.50 per board. The LOTTO PLUS is drawn on the same days as the LOTTO at the same time. The odds of winning the LOTTO and LOTTO PLUS:


Numbers Matching Odds
3 1:60
3 and Bonus 1:812
4 1:10,824
4 and Bonus 1:22,196
5 1:55,491
5 and Bonus 1:2,330,696
6 1:13.983,816


POWERBALL – The POWERBALL draw takes place every Tuesday and Friday 21:00 (local Time – GMT +2). The player gets to pick 5 numbers from a selection of 1 to 45 and an additional “PowerBall” number from a selection of 1 to 20. The entry fee is R5 per board. The record prize for a POWERBALL draw recorded was R102,016,595.


POWERBALL PLUS – As with the LOTTO and the LOTTO PLUS, the POWERBALL PLUS is the same. The cost is R2.50 per board and offers the player an additional chance to win. The POWERBALL PLUS was introduced by the National Lottery in 2005.The odds of winning the POWERBALL and POWERBALL PLUS:


Numbers Matching Odds
PowerBall 1:37
1 ball and PowerBall 1:53
2 balls and PowerBall 1:247
3 balls 1:165
2 balls and PowerBall 1:3,133
4 balls 1:6,430
4 balls and PowerBall 1: 122,176
5 balls 1:1,286,062
5 balls and PowerBall 1:24,435,180


SPORTSSTAKE 13 – A player can play SPORTSTAKE 13 by predicting outcomes of 13 predetermined match fixtures drawn from specific professional soccer games.For each game the player chooses their prediction by marking on the bet slip;[1] –home win[x] – draw[2] –home loss (Away win) A minimum price per wager per board is R2.00 and a maximum wager per bet slip is R2000.00 with each wager costing R2.00.SPORTSTAKE 13 fixture results are considered as the final score after 90 minutes of play or after extra time where applicable, however excludes penalty shoot-out.


EAZiWIN – The National Lottery also offers instant win digital scratch cards. These cards are called EAZiWIN and ranges from R3 to R5 per card.


PICK3 – This is the National Lottery’s newest game and was Launched in 2016. It is a daily game with a minimal top prize. Read more stories about South African Lottery Winners.

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