Every South African is familiar with the bright yellow Lotto sign. It reminds us of our moms and dads buying tickets when we were little, or your weekly trips to the shop, keeping fingers crossed that this might be the lucky ticket.
Whatever memory the Lotto name brings for you, it creates one feeling among all South Africans: Hope. Hope that their ticket might be their way to living the high-life, that this week they have chosen the numbers that will see them with full pockets and a new sports car.
Whether you are looking to win big or simply try out your luck here and there for even a few matching balls, the South African Lotto has all the excitement you need.
If you took Lotto tickets this week, you might be itching to find out the results. Will you be walking back to the corner store to buy another ticket, or will you be popping bottles of champagne after winning big? See the latest Lotto results below.
Also, all the basic Lotto information that you may need, we have. So clue yourself up and get excited to start playing!
It only takes six numbers and an extra bonus ball to make you rich, here are the winning numbers from Saturday 29 September Lotto draw.
The estimated jackpots for Saturdays draw:
Lotto: R9 million
LottoPlus: R29.6 million
LottoPlus 2: R7.2 million
Saturdays winning numbers for Lotto, Lotto Plus 1 and Lotto Plus 2:
Main Lotto Draw: 20, 23, 26, 41, 42, 51 Bonus Ball: 16
Lotto Plus 1: 8, 18, 34, 36, 40, 50 Bonus Ball: 29
Lotto Plus 2: 8, 13, 18, 21, 33, 39 Bonus Ball 28
— #PhandaPushaPlay (@sa_lottery) September 29, 2018
What is the Lotto
Lotto is by far the most popular form of gambling in South Africa, closely in front of Powerball. Players purchase a Lotto ticket with six numbers of their choice, between 1 and 52. Alternatively, players can choose Quick Pick which means they buy a ticket with randomly generated numbers already picked for them. During the Lotto draw, six numbered balls are drawn from a set of 52 balls, numbered 1 to 52. A bonus ball is also drawn which helps boost players who only match up 5 numbers. Prizes can be won from matching at least 3 of the 6 drawn numbers, but players who match all 6 numbers will share in the current jackpot. If no players match the jackpot, it is rolled over to the next draw.
When Is The Lotto Drawn
The Lotto is drawn every Wednesday and Saturday at 20:56.
When Do Lotto Ticket Sales Close
Lotto tickets can be bought from a Lottery outlet until 20:30 on the day of the draw. Terms and conditions may vary, so always make sure to check.
Who Presents The Lotto
The draw and show is presented but former Miss South Africa Teen and Selimathunzi presenter, Zizo Beda and actor from SABC 3’s drama series, Isidingo, Sisa Hewana.
On some nights this duo might be your favourite pair, or add to your demise of a losing ticket!
The draw is broadcast from Red Pepper Studio, which is world class, incorporated with the latest LED lighting and wide-screen technology.
What Channel Is The Lotto On
The Lotto is drawn every Wednesday and every Saturday and the draw is done live on SABC 2 at 20:56.
How Can I buy Lotto Tickets
Lotto tickets can be purchased from several platforms.
- Participating retailers who are licenced to sell Lotto tickets
- FNB & Nedbank banking apps can be used to purchase Lotto, Lotto Plus 1, Lotto Plus 2, Powerball and Powerball Plus tickets.
- The National Lottery Website can also be used to buy and play Lotto, Lotto Plus 1, Lotto Plus 2, Powerball, Powerball Plus and Sportstake 13.
What Are My Chances Of Winning
The chances of winning are very slim, but the fact that you can win smaller amounts of money by matching fewer numbers does help increase the odds of winning something at least.
Lotto and Lotto Plus odds:
2 and bonus : 1:96 : R20.00 fixed prize
3: 1:72 : R50.00 fixed prize
3 and bonus: 1:1028 : 7.3% of the total winning pool
4: 1:1371 : 8.4% of the total winning pool
4 and bonus: 1:30161 : 5.0% of the total winning pool
5: 1:75402 : 4.0% of the total winning pool
5 and bonus: 1:3393087 : 2.3% of the total winning pool
Match all 6: 1:20358520 : 73.0% of the total winning pool
So, as you can see, the chances are pretty slim. But even just matching 2 numbers and a bonus can win you back the money you spent on your ticket, and a little extra.
How Much Does Lotto Cost
A single Lotto ticket coast R5.00 including vat. A single cost for Lotto Plus 1 is R2.50 and a single cost of Lotto Plus 2 is R2.50 including vat. If you are utilizing an online service to purchase Lotto tickets there might be additional costs.
Is There Lotto In Other Countries
Yes, the Lotto did not start out in South Africa. There are other Lotteries all over the world. There are government operated lotteries in over 100 countries worldwide. As a comparison, the United States Lotto has a starting jackpot of $40,000,000, with the Mega Millions in the United States sitting at a starting jackpot of $40,000,000.
Can I Play Overseas Lotto
Yes, there are certain ways to partake in foreign lotteries from all over the world. Many South Africans take part in the EuroMillions Lotto in Europe. It may be trickier to claim your cash prize, but it is doable.
However, as South Africans, we should support our local lottery. The Lotto gives back to so many different charitable foundations, so why not spend your money on a Lotto ticket, knowing it might be used to help your community or those in need.
What Is The Record Lotto Draw In South Africa
The record Lotto winning in South Africa was through Powerball. R102,016,595 was won in the Free State. Devastatingly, the prize was never claimed. The record claimed prize is R91,068,427, also from Powerball.