South African National Lottery Guide: Games, Winnings, Results & Tickets


Gambling has its perks and misgivings, you win and lose in equal measure. While some people associate winning the lottery to carrying other people’s curses, several others have won and made good their winnings. One of the most important factors for anyone to consider when trying their luck in winning the lottery is the credibility of the company they are putting their money. Though it is a game of chances, it is fair to look for the company that won’t fleece you or one that engages in illegal practices.

Unfortunately, every company claims to offer the best payouts. While there are numerous other companies, the South African Lottery is one of the best in the South African market. Of course, every player has the right to choose their preferred company.

Since the South African Lottery is a favorite among players and the most popular lottery company, let’s take a look at its operations.

The South African National Lottery is the leading South African lottery. It has been under the operation and management of ITHUBA Holdings Proprietary Limited (RF) since June 1st, 2015. It is regulated by the National Lottery Commission.

Ithuba is a privately owned South African company founded by Zamani Equity Fund. It is registered with the Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC) under the South African Companies Act, 2008.

What you may not know is that Ithuba means ‘An Opportunity.’ By awarding them the operating license, Ithuba got the opportunity to modernize and also grow the National Lottery fostering confidence and inspiring confidence in the National Lottery brand. This sounds like a good place to put your money, doesn’t it?


However, before it began running its operations under ITHUBA Holdings Proprietary Limited, the South African Lottery had been in existence since 2000, when it was first introduced.

There were robust marketing campaigns which saw the South African Lottery reach about 80 percent of the South African homes directly. On the first day, it was made available, more than 800,000 tickets were sold. By the third week of operation, tickets worth over R70 Million had been sold.

In October 2002, Uthingo suggested the introduction of a daily lottery, Keno, as a supplement to the weekly draw but the trade and industry ministry rejected it. Lotto Plus was launched in 2003.

In 2006, Gidani Consortium that featured a Greek company, Intralot as its technical partner received judgment as the preferred bidder to operate the then Uthingo owned South African National Lottery from April 2007. They got their operating license in October 2006.

In March 2007, the Pretoria High Court set aside the award to Gidani after an application by Uthingo. However, after a final draw by Uthingo, the lottery was suspended indefinitely in April 2007.

However, Gidani Consortium received the award again in September. They didn’t last though. Their introduction of scratch cards led to their discontinuance. Gidani lost their license to Ithuba who got their licenses in 2015.

Ithuba continues to offer excellent services. They have a sophisticated website. Besides business success, ITHUBA continues to support the economy contributing to the enhanced socio-economic developments.

The South African Lottery adheres to the rules and regulations set by the National Lotteries Commission.

Who can play in the South African Lottery?

For you to be eligible to play the games offered by the South African Lottery, you have to be above 18 years of age.

You also need to purchase tickets in person from an approved retailer or bank in South Africa.

There is an option of making a purchase online, but this option is only available to individuals who have an FNB or a Nedbank bank account. But, even with these accounts, you have to be registered on the South African National Lottery website. You have to be a South African resident with a South African ID as proof of nationality.



Brief History

The first South African Lotto tickets were on sale in March 2000 when the then president Thabo Mbeki bought the first ever Lotto Tickets in Cape Town (Langa). You may argue that this is the reason for Lotto’s popularity. Since then, Lotto remains South Africa’s leading and the most popular lottery game. It generates millionaires overnight.

The publishing of the first Lotto results took place on March 11th2000 in an inaugural draw. The jackpot winners started rolling in soon after with the first jackpot winner taking their winnings to the bank a day after the first draw. The first millionaire from Lotto got his money five days after the draw.

The biggest ever jackpot winner took home R 34,256,346 in March 2006.

How to play Lotto

  • To play the South Africa Lotto, you need to pick six numbers from 1 to 52. Seven numbers are drawn, only six regular numbers plus a Bonus Ball. One Lotto ticket costs R5.
  • You can also play Lotto, Lotto Plus 1, or Lotto Plus 2 by choosing the Quick Pick option where the lottery system will choose six lucky numbers for you randomly.

The second option is the manual alternative.

  • You can manually choose the lucky numbers by following the following six steps:
  • Find valid Lotto Betslip
  • Choose six numbers from 1 to 52 using a pencil to mark your numbers of choice on the board. Then, take your Betslip to an approved Lottery retailer’s teller to make your payment.
  • You will receive a receipt upon payments for all the chosen numbers. Ensure that you write your name on the back of the receipt.
  • Catch the next Lotto Draw live on SABC 2, Wed /Sat at 2056hrs to see if you won.

Remember that you can play as many boards as you wish. If playing Lotto Plus 1, mark off the Lotto Plus 1 option on the Betslip; this applies to Lotto Plus 2 too. You have to play Lotto and Lotto Plus 1 to play Lotto Plus 2.

The multi-draw option lets you play the same numbers in multiple draws.

The ticket sales for Lotto close at 2030hrs.

Lotto Results – Divisions

There are eight divisions from DIV 1 to DIV 8. They include, 6 (DIV 1), 5 + bonus ball (DIV 2), 5 (DIV 3), 4 +Bonus ball (DIV 4), 4 (DIV 5), 3 + bonus ball (DIV 6), 3 (DIV 7), and 2 + bonus ball (DIV 8).

Note that it is impossible to predict your winnings until the numbers are drawn and the amount of the winners calculated. Also, the actual winnings in Rand depend on the prize pool for the draw. The pool size varies and is determined but the number of ticket sales. Winning the jackpot also depend on the prize pool as well as the pre-existing rollover.

Games Explained: How to play, odds & more

Ithuba ensures that anyone participating the in the games offered by the National South African Lottery gets an exceptional experience. To do this, they have ten unique games which you can enjoy at any time. These games include Lotto, Lotto Plus 1, Lotto Plus 2, PowerBall, PowerBall Plus, SPORTSTAKE 13 Fixtures, Raffle, Pick 3, EAZiWIN, and RAPIDO.

Lotto is the most popular game in the lotteries world. It is easy to play, and it rules the South African Lotteries scene. Let’s take a closer look!

Lotto Plus

Lotto Plus 1 and Lotto Plus 2 are secondary to Lotto. The Lotto Plus 1 game offers players entering the main Lotto a second chance of winning. If you don’t win a Lotto game, the Lotto Plus 1 gives you a second set of numbers which are revealed soon after the main Lotto draw.

To be fair to players, there were amendments to the Lotto rules in 2016. The new rules allow for the Lotto Plus 1 Jackpot to keep rolling until someone wins the big prize. You can use the Quick Pick option to play Lotto Plus 1 which is faster than manually picking numbers.

The cost of entering a Lotto plus one game is R 2.50. Unfortunately, this leaves with a smaller prize pool than that of the main Lotto draw.

The game format is like that of Lotto. You draw seven balls ranging from 1 to 52.

For winnings, the numbers matched include 6, 5 + Bonus, 5, 4 + Bonus, 4, 3 + Bonus, 3, and 2 + Bonus. Despite the small prize pool, there are 13,000 winners in every draw.

Your chances of winning a Lotto Plus 1 or Lotto Plus 2 game stand at 1 in 38 chances.

Remember that, just like Lotto, 45 percent of all proceeds from Lotto Plus 1 and Lotto Plus 2 ticket sales go to prizes and the rest (55 percent) goes to good causes and charities.


The first PowerBall draw took place in October 2009. Since the first draw, PowerBall has handed out some of the biggest lottery jackpots in the history of the South African Lottery beating Lotto and Lotto Plus lotteries.

In 2015, several changes were introduced into the PowerBall game. There also was the launch of the PowerBall Plus game. With the new changes, there were improvements in the probabilities of winning as there was an additional ninth prize tier that saw a reduction in the odds of winning from 1 in 34 to 1 in 18. Despite the changes, there has been a slight growth in popularity of 40 percent.

PowerBall Plus

This is the game secondary to South Africa’s biggest lottery, the PowerBall. This add-on game offers the players a chance to win even after the end of a PowerBall Draw. Like PowerBall, PowerBall Plus offers the player a chance to pick five numbers from 1 to 45 and a PowerBall number from 1 to 20. The jackpots are, however, smaller than those for PowerBall.

Also, the cost of PowerBall Plus tickets cost half the cost of PowerBall tickets.

PowerBall Plus Payouts

This game inches you closer to being a millionaire. Like PowerBall, PowerBall Plus gives you nine possible ways of winning:

Match 5 + PowerBall, Match 5, Match 4 + PowerBall, Match 4, Match 3 + Powerball, Match 3, Match 2 + PowerBall, Match 1 + PowerBall, and Match PowerBall.

How to Play PowerBall/ PowerBall Plus

There are two ways of playing the PowerBall,

Option 1

Choose the Quick Pick option and let the PowerBall processing system select six lucky numbers for you randomly.

Option 2

Get a valid PowerBall Betslip then choose five numbers from 1 to 45 and an extra number from 1 to 20. You need a pencil to mark your selected numbers.

Once you select the numbers, you should take your Betslip to the teller. Make sure that the teller is approved by the National Lotteries Commission to complete the transaction. After paying, you will receive a receipt for all the chosen numbers. Don’t forget to write your name on the back of the receipt.

You can then go home and catch the next live PowerBall Draw on Etv, Tues/ Fri at 2100hrs to know if you won or not.

Keep in mind that you can play as many boards as possible and you can also choose a multi-draw option that allows you to play the same number in multiple draws.

Every PowerBall ticket goes for R5.00. The cost is inclusive of tax.

Ticket sales close 30 minutes before the draw.


Winnings are determined after the draw, and they are determined by the size of the prize pool and the number of tickets sold. The numbers matched for winnings include 5+PowrBall, 5, 4 +PowerBall, 4, 3 + PowerBall, 3, 2 + PowerBall, 1 + PowerBall, and PowerBall. This means that there are nine ways of winning the PowerBall.

It is preferred to Lotto by some players because it has higher chances of winning. The average PowerBall Jackpot is R22,000,000.

Also, PowerBall winners are single-ticket winners which means that you don’t share your won jackpots with anyone else.

Note that PowerBall has the highest odds of winning.

Pick 3

This is the other popular lottery game in the world. Unlike Lotto and PowerBall where the Prize divisions are pari-mutual and the prizes depend on the tickets sold, Pick three has fixed prices. There also is a range of bet amounts and bet types.

There are six types of bets with odds ranging from 1 in 1,000 to 1 in 100. So, it is better than Lotto or PowerBall. The only problem is that the bet amounts aren’t big.

To play, you get to choose to bet anything from R 3, R 5, R 10 or R 20 on each of the six types of bets.

Since there is Pick 3 game every day of the week, you get to improve your chances of winning. The best Pick 3 bet type, given its popularity, is the 6-Way Mix as it gives you six winning chances as well as a mix of prize value and odds.

How to play Pick 3

Did we mention the fact that Pick 3 is the simplest of all lottery games? Well, it is, once you understand the basics of the game. It is thrilling and exciting. There are three simple steps to the Pick 3 game:

  • Pick your bet amount: R 3, R 5, R 10 or R 20.
  • Choose the bet type: 3-Way Mix, 6-Way Mix, Front Pair, Back Pair, Straight, or Split Pair.
  • Lastly, choose any three numbers from a pool of 0 to 9. You can pick one number more than once.

Catch the draw any day from Monday to Sunday from 2000hrs.

Remember the odds of winning for every bet type. 3-Way Mix has odds of 1 in 333.33, 6-Way Mix odds are 1 in 166.67, Straight has odds of winnings standing at 1 in 1,000. The odds of winning the Split, Back and Front pairs are 1 in 100.


This game gives you an opportunity to win every five minutes. This fast-paced game by the South African National Lottery has draws taking place every five minutes, continuously for seven days a week. The draws start at 0500hrs and close at 2345hrs every day. You can see the winning numbers on a screen display.

Your wins depend on the number of winning numbers they match and the amount of money you play for.

The matches for Rapido include: 8+1, 8+0, 7+1, 7+0, 6+1, 6+0, 5+1, 5+0, 4+1, 1+1, and 1+0. There are different prizes for R3, R5, R10, R15, R20 and R25.

Remember that Rapido is only available at selected retailers. These retailers include Gauteng, Kwazulu-Natal, North West, and Mpumalanga.


As the name suggests, this is a game that presents an easy-winning opportunity. To participate in EAZiWIN, you have to select a game to play out of the ten available games. You can choose to play the Balloon Bonanza, Calabash Cash, Popa Feela, Fafi Fortune, Morabaraba, Four Siya Wina, Golden Vault, Tic Tac Toe, Christmas Cash and Lucky Ching Ching.


This is another famous game by the National Lottery. It is a mini raffle. To play this mini raffle,

Buy your ticket from the National Lottery Website or your nearest National Lottery Retailer. When buying, just request your desired number of tickets at R20 each. The number will be generated through a quick pick system.

The draw will take place on 30th December 2017. So, you should be on the lookout. In case you win, you should visit your nearest National Lottery Retailer for prizes up to R2, 000 and the post office for prizes between R 2,000 and R50,000.

Sportstake 13

You can participate in the Sportstake 13 game by predicting the outcomes of 13 predetermined match fixtures. The fixtures are drawn from different leagues as well as identified professional soccer leagues around the world. There are three ways of playing Sportstake 13.

Option 1 – Using the Bet Slip

You have to get an applicable fixture list for the Sportstake 13 game then predict the outcome of each of the 13 games. There is an applicable tick box with [1] – Home win, [x] – Draw, and [2] – Home Loss (Away Win). If you make a mistake, mark the Cancel Box.

Option 2 – PROPICK Option

The propick system chooses the outcome of the fixtures on your behalf using an intelligent software configuration with the history of plays between the teams. You have to choose the size you wish to play. Your selections will be displayed in a green box on the Bet Slip and from your National Lottery electronic wallet. A retailer can also give you the PROPICK option.

Option 3 – Playing on the website

You also have the option of playing on the National Lottery website.

The cost of playing Sportstake 13 is R 2.00 for a single board entry with the cost of the multi-play calculated by multiplying the number of boards by R2.00. There is no Multi-Draw option. The wager value is R2.00.

The final results are only considered after the final score at 90 minutes or after the extra time. Penalty shoot-outs are excluded.

Lottery tools

You don’t want to miss any winning opportunities hence the need for these lottery tools.

Common pairs: this will show you the frequency of numbers drawn together in Lotto and PowerBall.

Number Analysis: this is a comprehensive tool that analyzes seven aspects of every number.

Number generator: if you can’t think of your lucky numbers for Lotto and PowerBall, let this Number generator take care of you.

Number checker: this an automated tool for checking numbers.

Common triplets: this tool gives you the frequency of commonly drawn triplets in Lotto and PowerBall.

Skip and Hit Predictions: you need this tool to examine the past Lotto and PowerBall draw results then it displays when your number is due to appear.


Lottery Vs. Casino Gaming

Which is the preferable gaming option between Lotteries and Casino Gaming?

The battle for superiority has persisted and an amateur gamer, it makes you wonder, which is better between the two? While there are clear-cut differences between the two, the choice depends on your preferences.

Casino gaming depends on the random number generator which, always work for the casino operators. Your chances of winning are slim.

Lottery gaming, on the other hand, is strictly determined by chances. Your wins depend on the power of nature because all number combinations have the same odds.

Here are the pros and cons of each



  • A lottery won’t make you poor overnight
  • You can play as little as R2.00
  • The lottery can make you a millionaire in a few days with little money spent on the tickets.
  • You have a higher edge in the lottery than in the casino
  • The lottery gives you social interaction


  • It takes days
  • You have to be glued to the TV



  • The results are instantaneous
  • The casino can give you strategies


  • You can be poor overnight
  • You have to put a lot of money in the beginning
  • You can only be a millionaire if you are a multi-millionaire or a billionaire


While the discussion of whether the casino is better than the lottery rages on, it is clear to us that lottery gaming is better. You have a higher chance of winning a life-changing lottery than you could ever win millions at a casino. Also, considering the minimum amount you can put into the purchase of lottery tickets, you can consider it a good investment. Don’t forget about the unreasonable wager requirements in casinos.

The South African National Lottery has more than 800 millionaires since its establishment in 2000. It has completed 2500 drawings, and about 20,000 individual lottery balls have been drawn. For the current and historical lottery results, the National Lottery uses state-of-the-art technological applications. The applications enhance the performance of Lotto, Lotto Plus, PowerBall, PowerBall Plus and Pick 3.

The South African Lottery has ten different games with high winning chances. The minimum cost of a ticket is R2, and the odds of winning are high. The lottery is also strictly regulated. Though it doesn’t pay taxes, 45 percent of ticket sales go to the prizes and 55 percent directed to charities and other good causes.

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