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HOW TO PLAY UK 49’s IN SOUTH AFRICA

WHAT IS UK 49’s?

UK 49’s or 49’s as everyone calls it is a popular fixed-odds game in the United Kingdom (UK). 49’s is drawn every day, twice a day at lunchtime (12h49) and teatime (14h49). Times differ due to seasonal time changes but those are the general times.

Two draws take place every day of the year which means players stand the chance of winning cash prizes twice a day. If you don’t win a prize on the 49’s Lunchtime draw, you have a chance of winning a payout in the 49’s Teatime draw.

What makes the 49’s game different to other lotteries is you decide how many numbers you want to pick and how much money you want to spend on the game. The odds given by the bookmaker are fixed. The aim of the 49’s game is to match all your chosen numbers with the numbers drawn in the daily draw to win the big cash prize.

The 49’s daily results are broadcast on SIS (Satellite Information Services). SIS is a television network that makes it easy for players to access information on lottery draws. The 49’s daily draws are hosted by a presenting team at a dedicated studio in MediaCity (UK).

The lottery game was introduced by 49’s Limited whose headquarters are in London, United Kingdom. 49’s was launched in 1996 at the same time as the national lottery was launched in the United Kingdom. 49’s can be played from anywhere in the world using a reputable online betting service.

HOW TO PLAY UK 49’s

Players must be 16 years and older to play 49’s in the United Kingdom. Players buy a scratchcard to play the game if they buy through a lottery outlet and the law dictates a person must be 16 years and older to buy scratchcard. This age restriction may be increased to 18 years and older as it is under review by the British government.

Age restrictions apply to registering with an online betting service. Players usually have to be 18 years and older to gamble online.

Where can you play 49’s?

49’s tickets can be bought in the UK in person from approved lottery retail outlets or online from a reputable online betting service. Online ticket purchases for UK lotteries are restricted to people who are resident in the UK or Isle of Man and have a registered UK bank account.

There is no fixed ticket cost to play the 49’s game. You choose how many numbers you want to play and how much money you want to spend on each draw. The more you bet on 49’s, the more you could win.

How many numbers do you pick for 49’s?

Players chooses how many numbers they want to pick and match from 1 to 5. You can pick only 1 number for a small cash prize or you can pick all 5 numbers for a bigger cash prize. To win a cash prize, you have to match all the numbers you pick. You don’t win anything on 2 out of 3 matches but you do win something on 3 out of 3 matches.

For each 49’s draw, you have the option of entering a 6-number bet or a 7-number bet. The 6-number draw does not include the Booster number which means your odds of winning are higher but our potential lottery payout could be larger.

What is the difference between 49’s 6-number game and 7-number game?
For both the 49’s Lunchtime and Teatime draw, you can choose to play a 6-number game or 7-number game.

6-number game: the aim is to match your 5 numbers from 6 numbers drawn where the odds of matching all 5 numbers is 1 in 150 000.

7-number game: the aim is to match your 5 numbers plus the Booster ball from 7 numbers drawn where the odds of matching all 5 numbers and the Booster ball are 1 in 50 000.

How much does a daily 49’s ticket cost?

49’s Lunchtime and Teatime draws do not have a fixed price. You choose much many numbers you want to pick and how much you want to pay for each betslip.
How do you win a cash prize on 49’s?

Six regular numbers and a Booster number are drawn from a pool of 1 to 49 twice a day: 49’s Lunchtime and 49’s Teatime draw. The aim is to match the numbers you picked with the numbers randomly generated in each draw to win cash prizes on the 49’s game.

Remember, UK 49’s is not an ordinary lottery game. It’s a fixed-odds game. The prizes paid out are based on how many numbers you pick and how much you pay to pick those numbers and the odds set by the bookmaker.

For example, if you pay R10 on a bet for 1 matching number with fixed odds at 6/1, you will win R60.

The odds are shortened when you play the 7-number game because the Booster is included in the numbers you have to match.

Bookmakers set their own odds so it’s important to find out what odds a bookmaker offers before placing your 49’s daily bet

How big is the 49’s jackpot?

49’s Lunchtime and Teatime draws do not have a jackpot. Instead, winnings are calculated based on how much a player bet on the game.

The highest amount you can win on a 49’s draw all depends on the highest stake the betting organisation would allow on the daily draws.

When is the 49’s Lunchtime draw?

49’s Lunchtime draw takes place every day of the year in the UK at 12h49 (GMT). Bets are accepted on the 49’s game right up until the draw.

Bear in mind, the UK experiences Daylight Saving time which means the draw time for South Africans changes every March and October.

Last Sunday in October to last Sunday in March:

UK draw time 12h49 GMT

SA draw time 14h49 SAST

Last Sunday in March to last Sunday in October

UK draw time 12h49 BST

SA draw time 13h49 SAST

When is the 49’s Teatime draw?

49’s Teatime draw takes place every day of the year in the UK at 16h49 (GMT). Bets are accepted on the 49’s Teatime game right up until the draw.

Bear in mind, the UK experiences Daylight Saving time which means the draw time for South Africans changes every March and October.

Last Sunday in October to last Sunday in March:

UK draw time 16h49 GMT

SA draw time 18h49 SAST

Last Sunday in March to last Sunday in October

UK draw time 16h49 BST

SA draw time 17h49 SAST

HOW TO PLAY 49’S IN SOUTH AFRICA

The 49’s twice-daily fixed-odds betting game is hugely popular in the United Kingdom and it can now be played in South through a licensed online betting service such as Betway. Unfortunately, you cannot buy a ticket for the 49’s game from any lottery retail outlet in South Africa. You can only bet on the lottery game online.

The easiest way to access the 49’s game is downloading the Betway Mobile App. It’s user-friendly, easy to access and developed specifically for Smartphones. The betting mobile app gives you up-to-date notifications about draws and the latest gaming promotions.

Step-by-step guide to betting on UK 49’s in South Africa

Select an online betting service which offers the 49’s Lunchtime and Teatime game

Choose which draw you want to participate in

Choose to play either the 6-number draw or the 7-number draw

Choose how many numbers you want to pick and match between 1 and 5

Enter the numbers you want to play from a pool of 1 to 49

Choose how much money you want to bet on the draw

Confirm your bet and pay

HISTORY OF UK 49

Britain’s state-franchised lottery was set up under government license in 1993. It was run by a private operator, the Camelot Group, who was awarded the lottery franchise license in 1996. The 49’s fixed-odds betting game was introduced at the same time and offers two draws every day of the year.

49’s Limited is a privately-owned enterprise that operates 49’s under license. Revenue is generated from subscription fees and daily ticket sales.

UK 49 COMPARISON TABLE

COMPARISON BETWEEN 49’S PRIZE TIERS

Pick 5 numbers with a R10 bet

Approximate odds for 6-number draw: 1 in 150 000 : 1

You win R1 500 000

Approximate odds for a 7-number draw: 50 000 : 1

You win R500 000

Pick 4 numbers with a R10 bet

Approximate odds for 6-number draw: 8 000 : 1

You win R80 000

Approximate odds for a 7-number draw: 4 500 : 1

You win R45 000

Pick 3 numbers with a R10 bet

Approximate odds for 6-number draw: 650 : 1

You win R6 500

Approximate odds for a 7-number draw: 328 : 1

You win R3 280

Pick 2 numbers with a R10 bet

Approximate odds for 6-number draw: 66 : 1

You win R 660

You win R450

Approximate odds for a 7-number draw: 45 : 1

Pick 1 numbers with a R10 bet

Approximate odds for 6-number draw: 6 : 1

You win R60

Approximate odds for a 7-number draw: 5 : 1

You win R50

TIPS ON PLAYING UK 49

UK 49’s is a game of chance and there is no accurate way to predict the numbers that will be drawn each day. However, you can increase your chance of winning a 49’s payout by being in the game more often.

You can do this in 3 ways:

Subscribe to the game for a fee (bulk or monthly) so that you are always in the 49’s draws.

Start a lottery pool in the office or with family and friends so you can pool your money. This allows you to purchase more tickets more often and increases your chance of winning great cash prizes on 49’s.

Join a lottery syndicate where tickets are bought in bulk. A syndicate has increased buying power and players participate in more draws more often when in a syndicate. It’s estimated that one in every 4 lottery jackpots is won in the UK by a lottery syndicate.

Remember to check your daily ticket. It’s amazing how many lottery winnings are not claimed by players. Always write your name and number on the back of your ticket in case you lose it.

WHY UK 49 IS POPULAR

UK 49’s is a fixed-odds betting game as opposed to a lottery. A draw takes place twice a day every day of the week and on every day of the year. There is no jackpot but rather you win based on how many numbers you pick, how many are matched to the draw numbers and the odds set by the bookmaker.

Players can pick up to 5 numbers from 1 to 5 so there are 5 prize tiers and 5 chances to win a cash prize for each 49’s Lunchtime and Teatime draw. UK 49’s is fun to play, affordable if you limit the numbers you pick and gives you a fair chance of winning some money.

UK 49 MYTHS

UK 49’s is a game of chance and there is no way of accurately predicting what numbers will be drawn. There are many myths that circulate online that create the impression that players can elude the odds and win big cash prizes.

Here are 10 common lottery myths:

Myth 1: You stand a better chance of winning the lottery if you use Quick Pick

The lottery system draws numbers using a random algorithm and numbers picked manually or using Quick Pick have an equal chance of being drawn. There is no proof that Quick Pick creates more winners. Quick Pick is convenient and saves you from having to come up with your own numbers all the time.

Myth 2: Every number combination has the same probability

The thinking is that when you combine numbers, the probability changes and the probability of your number combination depends on its structure. Some combinations will appear more often than others and some combinations are not likely to appear.

Myth 3: You can pick winning numbers by studying past lottery results

The lottery does not work on individual numbers. You have to pick 5 or 6 correct numbers to win a cash prize. The thinking is if you look at combination patterns rather than individual numbers and you use mathematics with binomial coefficients and a detailed probability analysis, it is possible to determine winning number combinations.

Myth 4: You cannot predict winning numbers on a lottery game

The thinking is that you can tell how a pattern performs in a given number of draws by multiplying probability by the number of draws to get the estimation.

Myth 5: Picking hot numbers gives you a better chance of winning

This is where players pick the most common numbers that have occurred in the past 100 draws. According to the probability theory, every number has an equal chance of being drawn but if a single number appears at a higher frequency, then the other numbers will occur more or less in the same frequency over a large number of trials.

Myth 6: The best time to play the lottery is when the jackpot is big

Actually, this is the ‘worst time’ to play the lottery because big jackpots attract substantially more lottery players. There’s a good chance that if you win a big payout on a lottery with a big jackpot, you will have to share it with other lucky winning players.

Myth 7: Number 13 is an unlucky number

This is an ‘old-wives’ tale because there are no unlucky or unlucky numbers. All numbers have the same theoretical probability of being drawn.

Myth 8: Prime numbers are drawn more often

Again, the argument is to look at number combinations rather than individual numbers. What is known is that playing all-odd numbers or all-even numbers reduces your chance of winning a lottery payout because numbers like this in a combination rarely occur.

Myth 9: It’s not a good idea to use dates for special occasions

Lottery experts tell you not to use numbers that are dates for birthdays, anniversaries or your children’s ages because they are poor numbers. It’s not because they’re poor numbers but because they’re likely to be used by many other people. This means that a jackpot payout will be shared with many players.

Myth 10: Select numbers using a visual pattern

The only reason you would pick numbers on a board using a pattern such as a zig-zag or up-down-sideways pattern is if you’ve run out of inspiration to manually pick your own numbers. In this case, use the QuickPick option and the machine will randomly generate numbers for you.

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ODDS OF WINNING UK 49’s

UK 49’s is based on a pure odds structure rather than winning odds. How many numbers you pick, how much money you spend on a draw and the odds offered by the bookmaker determine how much money you win on a 49’s twice-daily draw.

The table below gives you an indication of the odds and potential earnings from a R33 (US$ 2) bet. The information is relevant for the 49’s Lunchtime and Teatime draws.

6-number game * winnings include your initial bet of R33

Pick 56/1 oddsYou win R 197
Pick 466/1 oddsYou win R2 170
Pick 3650/1 oddsYou win R21 378
Pick 28 000/1 oddsYou win R263 121
Pick 1150 000/1 oddsYou win R4 933 530

7-number game * winnings include your initial bet of R33

Pick 55/1 oddsYou win R 164
Pick 445/1You win R1 480
Pick 3328/1 oddsYou win R10 788
Pick 24 500/1 oddsYou win R148 005
Pick 150 000/1 oddsYou win R1 644 510

LOTTERY SCAMS

You have to bet on a 49’s game to win cash prizes. You do this by personally going to an authorised lottery retail outlet and filling out a 49’s scratchcard or you bet online through a reputable online betting service.

Don’t be taken by any of lottery scam that promises you unexpected prize money for a competition or lottery that you have never entered.

How lottery scams work

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 you 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

UK 49’s is a popular fixed-odds betting game that is different to typical lottery games because you can choose how many numbers to pick and how much you want to spend on a draw. Cash prize payouts are based on how many numbers match the 6 or 7 numbers drawn (includes Booster ball), how much you spent on the draw and what odds the bookmaker set for the draw.

A draw takes place twice a day, every day of the week on every day of the year. You have the option of betting on 49’s Lunchtime or 49’s Teatime draw or both. You also have the convenience of betting on 49’s online or if you’re living in the UK, you can go to an authorised lottery retail outlet to fill in and pay for a betting card.

There is no exact cost for a 49’s betting ticket. You pay what you want to pay based on how many numbers you pick and how many draws you participate in that day. And there is no minimum or maximum 49’s jackpot because what you win is calculated according to a pure odds system.

With UK 49’s, you can win a small cash prize that covers your initial bet and gives you a bit of pocket money or a large cash prize that could buy you your dream car or holiday. The good news is you can now play UK 49’s from anywhere in the world using a licensed online betting service.