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04 Apr 2020
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HOW TO PLAY SA LOTTO
Everything you need to know to play SA Lotto and win big cash prizes.
Get the latest results for SA Lotto and tips on how to win the lottery. SA Lotto is one of South Africa’s most popular lottery games and you have a chance of winning the top prize whether you play online or buy a ticket from a lottery retail store. Check today’s SA Lotto winning numbers and find out more about how this popular lottery game works with this useful information and handy tips.
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WHAT IS SA LOTTO?
SA Lotto is one of 8 official lotteries in South Africa that are run by Ithuba National Lottery.

Ithuba is a privately-owned company who were granted the lottery operating license in 2015. Ithuba National Lottery is mandated to raise revenue from SA Lotto and other lotteries under its license to support charitable causes in South Africa.

The national lottery was launched in South Africa in March 2000 and became known as SA Lotto. Lotto Plus 1 and Lotto Plus 2 were launched as an extension product to increase players’ chances of winning and SA Powerball was launched in 2009. SA Lotto is the best known and most popular lottery game in South Africa but Powerball has been the fastest-growing game mainly because of its high jackpot payouts.

You have the option of playing SA Lotto, Lotto Plus 1 and Lotto Plus 2. All three games are part of the national lottery but the Lotto Plus games give you a better chance of winning a cash payout.

The minimum jackpot amount for SA Lotto is set at R2 million. The highest Lotto payout to date is R110 million which was shared by 4 winners (each Lotto payout was R27.5 million).

The minimal jackpot amount is set to R2 million.

Difference between Lotto, Lotto Plus 1 and Lotto Plus 2

The South African national lottery includes the Lotto game and two Lotto Plus games. The Lotto Plus games are exactly the same as the Lotto game. The difference is the Lotto Plus games give players a greater chance to win prize money for a small extra cost.

You can play Lotto Plus 1 and Lotto Plus 2 at the same time you play Lotto. The game boards you enter for Lotto Plus 1 and Lotto Plus 2 must be the same as the Lotto boards you play.

Lotto

Players choose 6 numbers (5 + 1 Bonus Ball) between 1 and 52. You can do this manually or select Quick Pick which automatically generates 6 random numbers for you.

Manually choose 6 numbers from 1 to 52 on as many boards as you want to play or they are automatically generated for you by the Quick Pick option. You can play as many boards as you want to which increases your chance of winning the Lotto jackpot.

Six numbers are randomly generated in each draw: 5 regular numbers and the Bonus Ball. The extra bonus number only affects players who match 5 numbers to win the Lotto jackpot.

Select the Multi-Draw option which allows you to play the same numbers over multiple draws. This increases your chance of winning the Lotto jackpot.

To win the Lotto jackpot, you need 6 matched numbers (5 plus Bonus Ball). SA Lotto has 8 prize tiers so you have a chance of winning a cash payout even if you don’t get 6 matched numbers. Cash payouts are awarded to players who match at least 3 of the 6 drawn numbers and the cash prize increases with the more numbers matched.

The jackpot is shared among all players in each draw who match all 6 numbers. If no player matches all 6 numbers, the Lotto jackpot rolls over to the next Lotto draw. The tier prizes are shared with players who match 3, 4 or 5 matched numbers.

The cost of a Lotto bet slip is R5 per board. Fill in as many boards as you want to play. If you play a Lotto Plus game, the numbers will be applied to all the boards you have filled in on the betslip.

The odds of winning SA Lotto is 1 in 20 358 520. Ticket sales for Lotto and the Lotto Plus games close at 20h30 on the day of the draw.

The SA Lotto draw takes place on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 20h56 on the national television station, SABC 2.

Lotto Plus 1

Lotto Plus 1 is exactly the same as Lotto but it gives you a second chance to win the Lotto jackpot. You can enter the Lotto Plus 1 draw for an additional R2.50 per board and you can play as many boards as you want.

To play Lotto Plus 1, select the Lotto Plus 1 option on your betslip and pay the additional cost. You can only play Lotto Plus 1 if you have played Lotto.

The odds of winning Lotto Plus 1 is the same as Lotto but the cash prizes are slightly lower.
The Lotto Plus 1 draw takes place right after the Lotto draw which takes place on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 20h56 on SABC 2.

Ticket sales for Lotto and the Lotto Plus games close at 20h30 on the day of the draw.
The single cost of a Lotto board is R5 (including VAT) and the additional cost to play Lotto Plus 1 is R2.50 (including VAT).

Lotto Plus 2

Lotto Plus 2

is exactly the same as Lotto but it gives you a third chance of winning the Lotto jackpot. You can enter the Lotto Plus 2 draw for an additional R2.50 per board and you can play as many boards as you want.

To play Lotto Plus 2

select the Lotto Plus 2 option on your betslip and pay the additional cost. You can only play Lotto Plus 2 if you have played Lotto and Lotto Plus 1.

The odds of winning

Lotto Plus 2 are the same as the odds of winning Lotto and Lotto Plus 1.

The Lotto Plus 2 draw

takes place right after the Lotto Plus 1 draw which takes place after the Lotto draw on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 20h56 on SABC 2.

Ticket sales

for Lotto and the Lotto Plus games close at 20h30 on the day of the draw.

The single cost

of a Lotto board is R5 (including VAT) and the additional cost to play Lotto Plus 2 is R2.50 (including VAT).

HOW TO PLAY SA LOTTO IN SOUTH AFRICA?
You need to be 18 years and older to play SA Lotto and the Lotto Plus games in South Africa.

Tickets may only be bought as follows:

in person from an approved lottery retail outlet

through handheld providers who provide as service in townships and rural areas under license with Ithuba National Lottery

online using the official website for Ithuba National Lottery

online using a banking app of one of the leading banks in South Africa that partner with Ithuba National Lottery to make it easier to buy a lottery ticket in South Africa

Who can play the Lotto in South Africa?
Anyone can play the Lotto in South Africa. You can even play SA Lotto if you are travelling or living overseas. The only restriction is a player must be a resident of South Africa and have an official South African identity document (ID) to register to play online through the official website for Ithuba National Lottery.
Can I play SA Lotto if I am a foreigner?

You can legally play the Lotto and Lotto Plus games in South Africa if you are a foreigner but you won’t be able to buy a ticket through the official website for Ithuba National Lottery. Your only option is to buy a Lotto ticket at a lottery retail outlet or through an official Ithuba handheld provider.

To bet online through the official Ithuba National Lottery website, you need to register for a free account and must supply a valid South African identity number.

Bear in mind that prize money for South African lotteries is only paid into South African bank accounts. You are required to present proof that the bank account where the Daily Lotto prize money will be deposited is your own personal bank account. To have your winnings paid out, you need to have a valid passport and a valid entry visa.

The other option is to play Daily Lotto on an online lottery site such as Lottoland that places a bet on your behalf and guarantees to pay out any winnings. Prize winnings are paid directly into your online account which you transfer to your personal account.

Are lottery winnings taxed in South Africa?

Lottery payouts are not taxed in South Africa. Money won on a lottery is regarded as capital in nature by the tax man and is exempt from Income Tax. Lottery prizes are also exempt from Capital Gains Tax which means that no tax is payable on South Africa lottery winnings regardless of the size. However, it is your responsibility to declare any lottery payouts on your tax return form.
STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE TO PLAYING THE LOTTO AND LOTTO PLUS GAMES IN SOUTH AFRICA
Here is an easy guide to help you understand how to play the Lotto and Lotto Plus games in South Africa.
Most players believe that if a certain number appeared over a certain amount of times in the past draws that it will keep on showing up, these are called hot numbers. The numbers that has been drawn the least amount of times in the past is called cold numbers. There are 2 ways to look at it. The first way is that the cold numbers that aren’t commonly drawn will start showing up and the hot numbers will turn cold. The second way of looking at it is that the hot numbers will keep on showing up and the cold numbers will stay cold in the future draws. We have listed 2 tables with the hot and the cold numbers of the SA Powerball for your perusal:

Sa Lotto Online Betting

Register an account with Ithuba National Lottery.

Make a deposit into your account wallet for ticket purchases.

Choose 6 numbers manually from 1 to 52 or select the QuickPick option to generate a random set of 6 numbers (5 regular numbers plus Bonus Ball).

Repeat this for as many boards that you want to play.

Choose the Multi-Draw option to participate in more draws with the same numbers. The Multi-Draw option means you can play your lucky Lotto numbers for 5, 10, 25 or 52 consecutive draws.

Confirm your bet slip and make the payment.

Place a Lotto bet at a lottery retail outlet

Get a bet slip from the cashier at an official lottery retail outlet.

Manually choose 6 numbers between 1 and 52 or use the QuickPick option which automatically generates 6 numbers for you (5 regular numbers plus the Bonus Ball).

To participate in many consecutive draws, select the Multi-Draw option and choose how many draws you want to want to play (5, 10, 25 or 52 consecutive draws).

Hand your bet slip to the cashier and pay for your ticket.

Write your ID and phone details on the back of your ticket and sign it. This protects you if you lose your ticket. Anyone can claim your prize money if you lose your ticket.

Bet on the Lotto with a banking app

Ithuba National Lottery has partnered with the leading banks in South Africa which gives you access to the Lotto and Lotto Plus games via their banking apps. The following banks are lottery partners:

First National Bank (FNB)

Nedbank

Standard Bank

Bet on Lotto with FNB

Download the FNB banking app or open up the app if you are already a registered account holder

Select the Ithuba lottery button on the app and select ‘BUY’

Select the games you want to play e.g. Lotto, Lotto Plus 1, Lotto Plus 1

Select Multi-Draw option to participate in consecutive draws

Select PLAY NOW to manually choose your numbers or select the QuickPick option

Select BUY and CONFIRM to process the ticket payment

Bet on Lotto with Nedbank

Download the Nedbank banking app or open up the app if you are already a registered account holder

Select the Ithuba lottery button on the app and select ‘LOTTO’

Select PURCHASE LOTTO

Choose the games you want to play e.g. Lotto, Lotto Plus 1, Lotto Plus 2

Select Multi-Draw option to participate in consecutive draws

Select MAKE PURCHASE once you’ve made your betting choices

Select CONFIRM PURCHASES once you checked everything is correct

Bet on Lotto with Standard Bank

Download the banking app or open up the app if you are already a registered account holder

Select MORE and PLAY LOTTO for the choices that come up

Choose the game you want to play e.g. Daily Lotto

Select which account you want to use to pay for your ticket

Select HOW MANY DRAWS TO PLAY and choose the number of draws

Confirm the details and accept terms and conditions

Bet on Lotto using an ATM

You can now buy a Lotto ticket using an ATM (automated teller machine). However, you need to be a customer of the bank to use the ATM lottery facility.

Example: FNB ATM

Insert your card and enter your PIN

Select MORE OPTIONS

Select PRE-PAID/LOTTO

Select the games you want to play e.g. Lotto, Lotto Plus 1, Lotto Plus 2

You can only play the QuickPick option using the ATM

Confirm the details are correct and take your ticket receipt from the ATM

HOW TO CLAIM YOUR LOTTO CASH PRIZE

There are different ways to bet on SA Lotto and the Lotto Plus games and there are different ways to claim your lottery winnings. Follow this step-by step guide to claiming your lottery winnings regardless of how much money you have won on the Lotto.

How to collect your cash prize for a Lotto winning ticket from a retail store

Up to R2 000
Claim your prize money at any licensed lottery shop in South Africa. Take your signed ticket with you and collect your winnings from the cashier.
R2 001 to R49 999
Claim your cash prize at an authorised payment centre. This is often your local post office. If you do not know where to find your nearest authorised payment centre, contact Ithuba National Lottery for information.
R50 000 or more
Collect an official Prize Claim Form from the nearest authorised payment centre. This is often your local Post Office. Visit the nearest Ithuba regional office to present your completed form and winning ticket to collect your winnings. Your cash prize is paid out once your ticket has been validated.

How to collect your cash prize for a Lotto winning ticket bought online

Up to R49 999
Your cash payout will automatically be transferred to your online account. To open an online account on the official Ithuba website, you need a valid South African ID.
R50 000 or more
Collect an official Prize Claim Form from the nearest authorised payment centre. Present your completed form and winning ticket at the nearest Ithuba regional office. Your cash payout will be paid out once your ticket has been validated.

How to collect your cash prize for a Lotto winning ticket bought via a bank

Up to R49 999
The bank will automatically transfer any amount less R50 000 directly into your South African bank account. This can take up to 7 working days.
R50 000 or more
Collect an official Prize Claim Form from the nearest authorised payment centre. Present your completed form and winning ticket at the nearest Ithuba regional office. Your cash payout will be paid out once your ticket has been validated. You need to provide proof of identity, your ticket reference number and 1-month’s bank statement for your payout to be transferred into your South African bank account.

How can I claim my Lotto payout if my bank account is closed or blocked

The bank will contact you to make an alternative arrangement for payment. The bank will either make telephone contact with you directly or will re-direct the enquiry to Ithuba National Lottery. If the bank or Ithuba cannot get in contact with you, your prize money is kept in a holding account until you come forward to claim it.

How long do I have to claim my Lotto winnings?

Lucky winners have 365 days to claim their Lotto winnings. Lotto cash prizes expire a year after the winning numbers have been drawn. If you do not claim your Lotto prize within the year, the money is allocated to the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund and used to benefit charitable causes.
HISTORY OF SA LOTTO

The national lottery of South Africa was launched in March. It was originally operated under license by Uthingo but it was taken over by Ithuba National Lottery in 2015. The national lottery is regulated by the National Lottery Commission.

Ithuba National Lotter is a privately-owned enterprise in South Africa. It was founded by Zamani Equity Fund and is registered with Companies Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC).
The national lottery was popular from the day it launched. More than 800 000 tickets were sold on 11 March when it was made available to the South African public and within three weeks, nearly R70 million worth of tickets had been sold.

Ithuba National Lottery launched the Lotto Plus games as an extension of the Lotto game to increase players chances of winning the Lotto jackpot. Today, Ithuba National Lottery offers 8 lottery games of which SA Lotto, SA Powerball and Daily Lotto are the most popular.

Ithuba National Lottery was awarded the license in 2015 for the national lottery on the mandated proviso that income generated from the lottery games is used to fund charitable projects. An NGO or charity must be registered with Ithuba National Lottery to receive money from the organisation.

Revenue generated by Ithuba National Lottery is allocated as follows:

50% is paid out in cash prizes

34% is paid to a central charitable distribution fund

6% is paid as retail commission

10% is paid as operational costs

COMPARISON TABLE FOR SA LOTTO

Top 6 highest jackpots paid out for lotteries in South Africa

RankJackpotGameDateWinners details
1R232 131 750
Powerball2019-02-19
1 winner: man in his 50s
2R145 469 799
Powerball2018-08-031 winner: man in his 30s
3R141 343 180
Powerball2019-08-231 winner: man in his 50s
4R114 580 902
Powerball2020-02-041 winner: woman in her 30s
5R114 242 816
Powerball2019-11-26
1 winner: man in his 30s
6R110 000 000
Lotto2018-01-274 winners: each won R27.5 million

Odds of winning Lotto and Lotto Plus

MATCH
ODDS OF WINNING
% OF TOTAL WINNING POOL
All 6
1 in 20 358 520
73.0%
5 and Bonus Ball
1 in 3 393 087
2.3%
5
1 in 75 402
4.0%
4 and Bonus Ball
1 in 30 161
5.0%
4
1 in 1 371
8.4%
3 and Bonus Ball
1 in 1 028
7.3%
3
1 in 72
Lotto R50 Lotto Plus R25
2 and Bonus Ball1 in 96Lotto R20 Lotto Plus R15

SA Lotto versus SA Powerball

GameDrawOdds of winning the jackpot
SA Lotto
SA Lotto Plus 1
SA Lotto Plus 2
– Draw Wednesday and Saturday at 21h00
– 6/52 game
– The cost of each LOTTO board is R5 including VAT
– The cost of LOTTO PLUS 1 and PLUS 2 is an additional cost of R2.50 including VAT
– The 3 SA Lotto games are drawn consecutively
– 1 in 20 358 520
– Highest SA Lotto jackpot was paid out in 2019: R110 million (won by 4 players who each received R27.5 million)
SA Lotto Plus 1
SA Powerball Plus
– Draw Tuesday and Friday at 21h00
– 5/50 game
– The cost of each SA Powerball board is R5 including VAT
– The cost of playing Powerball Pluss is an additional R2.50 including VAT
– 1 in 42 375 200 (5+1)
– Highest SA Powerball jackpot was paid out in 2019: R232 million plus paid out to 1 winner
Lotto jackpot winners

Here is a list of the biggest Lotto jackpot winners in South Africa:

R110 million Lotto jackpot won in January 2018

There were 4 winning tickets for the biggest Lotto payout since the game was launched. Each player took home R27.5 million. It took 21 jackpot roll-overs to create the R110 million jackpot with no winners for 2&half months. One of the lucky winners took a full year to claim his/her prize and claimed it one day before it expired.

R 79 million Lotto jackpot won in May 2019

Won by a player in Cape Town.

R 58 million Lotto jackpot won in May 2018

Won by a player in Cape Town who usually only played SA Powerball but decided to give Lotto a chance because the jackpot was so high.

R 58 million Lotto jackpot won in April 2013

Won by two lucky ticket holders.

R 58 million Lotto jackpot won in November 2018

Won by two lucky ticket holders; one was a retired gentleman who ran an organisation for the elderly and children living with disabilities. He insisted part of his winnings would be used to support the community care centre.

TIPS FOR PLAYING SA LOTTO

The Lotto draw takes place every Wednesday and Saturday and 6 numbers are drawn at random (5 regular numbers plus a Bonus Ball). Each number has an equal chance of being drawn and there is not magical or scientific way to predict the lucky Lotto numbers.

However, you can increase your chance of increasing the size of your cash winnings and your chances of winning the Lotto jackpot with these useful tips:

Tip 1

Buy more tickets; be careful because you can waste a lot of money but the more times you enter a lottery, the greater your chances are of winning

Tip 2

Form a lottery syndicate and gather money from keen players so you can buy more tickets and enter SA Lotto more often

Tip 3

Don’t choose consecutive numbers (5-5-5); statistics show that consecutive numbers are rarely drawn

Tip 4

Avoid choosing numbers that fall within the same number group or end with a similar digit

Tip 5

Avoid using ‘popular numbers’ because many other people choose them and it increase the chance that you will share your prize winnings

Tip 6

Don’t be fooled by scams or promises of ‘how to predict winning Daily Lotto numbers’; each number in the lottery has an equal probability of being chosen as a winning number and no software in the world has been invented that can predict the exact winning numbers for a lottery.

WHY SA LOTTO IS SO POPULAR

The South African national lottery is hugely popular and has been since the day it was launched on 11 March 2000. More than 800 tickets were sold that day and within three weeks, nearly R70 million worth of tickets had been sold.
There has been a dip in sales at certain periods in South Africa but on the whole, the national lottery remains as popular as ever. To give you an example, in the 2007 fiscal year, the national lottery transaction value was R3 972 billion with an average of 5 million transactions per week. In 2012. The national lottery generated R4.7 billion in sales from Lotto and Powerball ticket sales.

The majority of players (73%) who play the lottery in South Africa are low-income earners, earning less than R5 000 a month. Of that group, at least a third (33%) earn R1 000 a month or less. This statistic is in line with most countries where the poor in local communities put their hopes in earning a big cash payout from the national lottery.

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ODDS OF WINNING SA LOTTO

The odds of winning SA Lotto are 1 in 20 358 520.

The odds of winning Lotto Plus 1 and Lotto Plus 2 are the same as the odds of winning the Lotto.

IS SA LOTTO A SCAM?
You have to buy a SA Lotto ticket to win the big jackpot or any cash prize. Don’t be taken by any of the lottery scams that do the rounds that offer you unexpected prize money for a competition or lottery that you have never entered.

SA Lotto versus SA Powerball

Someone contacts you either by email, text message or phone to say you have won a lot of money on a competition using your name and details from something like a promotion or research survey. You are requested to pay a fee to claim your prize which is to cover the cost of transferring the money to your account.

You’re also asked to provide your banking details where the money should be paid out. The email or text is always ‘urgent’ and you’re told to respond quickly or risk losing out on the prize money.

The scammers make money from the ‘fee’ you pay them or they use your banking details to take wipe out your bank account.

People do fall for these lottery scams because the scammers are masters at what they do. They usually have obtained your personal information which makes it sound like a legitimate deal. Sometimes, the scammers even send you money as ‘part of your winnings’. This cheque will bounce but often only after you have given them more information and money they ask for.

Warning signs of a lottery scam

You receive correspondence via email, text or phone to say you’ve won a guaranteed prize in a lottery or competition but you never bought a ticket or entered the competition.

The scammer claims you are a winner using personal email and social media information that makes it look genuine.

To claim your prize, the scammers ask you to buy pay a fee or tax on the prize money.

You’re asked to provide personal details such as your ID and contact details such as a postal address as well as banking details for the electronic transfer.

What to do if you are approached by a lottery scammer

Ignore anything that is suspicious. Do not even reply to a message saying you’ve won a large cash prize or even something like a fancy holiday, electronic goods or gifts.

Never pay a fee to win a prize. Ithuba National Lottery does not charge a fee for any prize-winning transaction and the only way they can access your banking details is from the authorised Prize Claim Form that your are required to complete.

Don’t trust anyone who asks you to send them money or give your credit card, banking details or copies of personal information in exchange for prize money.

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Conclusion

SA Lotto is South Africa’s national lottery and one of the most popular lottery games available in South Africa. The 6/52 game is drawn every Wednesday and Saturday at 20h56 and you have until 20h30 to place a bet. The odds of winning Daily Lotto 1 in 20 358 520.

Lotto Plus 1 and Lotto Plus 2 are the same as Lotto and have the same winning odds. The two add-on games offer players a second and third chance of winning the Lotto jackpot or any cash prizes from the other 7 prize tiers.

To win the SA Lotto jackpot, you need 6 matched numbers (5 regular numbers and the Bonus Ball). There are 8 prize divisions in lottery game.

SA Lotto is very easy to play and you can buy tickets from a lottery retail store, from an authorised handheld provider, online on the Ithuba National Lottery website or using a banking app or ATM. The leading banks of South Africa have partnered with Ithuba to give players easy online access to the lottery game.

If no-one wins the Lotto jackpot, the prize money rolls over to the next draw.

For more information on how to play SA Lotto and how to claim your Lotto winning payout, consult a representative at Ithuba National Lottery. SA Lotto is operated by Ithuba under license and regulated by the National Lottery Commission.

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