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National Lottery South Africa

The South Africa Lotto offers the chance to win life-altering jackpots. It is known to have an easy-to-play format, and has, over time, become one of Africa’s most popular lotto games. But when did the South African National Lottery originate?

A Little Bit of History

The lotteries of South Africa have been in operation since 2000.More than 800,000 tickets were sold in the first three weeks of operation. In three years the Lotto Plus game was launched with the new required entry fee of R1, all due to its growing popularity. After the Lottery was suspended in 2007 from April-October, it was re-launched and more than 200,000 tickets were sold within the first three hours.

The numbers of these ticket sales are very impressive. Still, if you are a lotto player, it would only be natural to wonder if the numbers determine the odds of winning. The answer is, “Not exactly.”

How Does The South African National Lottery Work?

The South Africa Lotto offers seven prize categories, and to win the South Africa Lotto jackpot, players must successfully match 6 numbers from a guess range of 1-49.  The lottery offers a bonus number, which is chosen during the time of the draw from the same drum and is counted towards secondary prizes only.

Games offered by South African National Lottery

There are about 8 games  that operate under the South African National Lottery brand:

Lotto and Lotto Plus games

National Lottery South Africa- Lotto games

Players buy tickets with their choice of six different numbers between 1 and 52; there is provision for random numbers to be generated automatically for those who do not wish to choose, known as ‘Quick Pick’.

In the draw, six numbered balls are drawn without replacement from a set of 52 balls numbered from 1 to 52. A further Bonus Ball is also drawn, which affects only players who match five numbers.

Prizes are awarded to players who match at least three of the six drawn numbers, with prizes increasing for matching more of the drawn numbers. All players who match all six drawn numbers win equal shares of the jackpot; the chance of doing so is 1 in 20,358,520. If four, five, or six balls are matched, the relevant prize is divided equally between all who match that many balls. If no player matches all six numbers, the jackpot is added to that of the next Lotto draw—a Rollover.

The entry fee to the LOTTO draw is set at R5.00 per board.

The draw is conducted on Wednesdays and Saturdays on SABC 2 at 20:56.

  • LOTTO PLUS 1 is exactly the same as LOTTO, but gives the player a second chance to win. When buying a LOTTO ticket, the player must pay an extra R2.50 per board to enter the LOTTO PLUS 1 draw. Odds are the same, while prizes are usually slightly lower. The draw is conducted on Wednesdays and Saturdays on SABC 2 at 20:56.
  • LOTTO PLUS 2 is exactly the same as LOTTO, but gives the player a third chance to win. When buying a LOTTO ticket, the player must pay an extra R2.50 per board to enter the LOTTO PLUS 2 draw. Odds are the same, while prizes are usually slightly lower. The draw is conducted on Wednesdays and Saturdays on SABC 2 at 20:56.

What Are the Odds of Winning?

LOTTO and LOTTO PLUS odds
Match Odds of winning % of total winning pool
2 and bonus 1 : 96 Lotto R20.00, Lotto Plus R15
3 1 : 72 Lotto R50.00, Lotto Plus R25
3 and bonus 1 : 1028 7.3%
4 1 : 1,371 8.4%
4 and bonus 1 : 30,161 5.0%
5 1 : 75,402 4.0%
5 and bonus 1 : 3,393,087 2.3%
All 6 1 : 20,358,520 73.0%

The 1st prize is determined by a match of all 6 numbers, and has the winning odds of 1:13,983,816. The 2nd prize is dependent on a 5+1 match with the winning odds of 1:2,330,636. The 3rd prize requires a 5 number match and has the winning odds of 1:55,492. The 4th prize needs the participant to have a 4+1 match and has the winning odds of 1:44,393. The 5th prize is determined by a match of 4 numbers and has the winning odds of 1:1,033. The 6th prize is dependent on a 3+1 match and has the winning odds of 1:2,436, and the 7th prize requires a 3 number match with the winning odds of 1:57.

Powerball and Powerball Plus

National Lottery South Africa- Powerball

When introduced, the PowerBall jackpot draw required players to pick five main numbers from 1 to 45 and one ‘PowerBall’ number from 1 to 20 for an entry fee of R5 per board. Prizes may be won by matching the main numbers, with matches of the PowerBall number winning higher prizes. The top prize of the game is won by matching all five main numbers as well as the PowerBall. Draws take place on Tuesdays and Fridays on E.tv at 21:00.

After 28 November 2015, odds were changed as more possibilities to win were introduced. An example of the recent additions were, if the player matched only the Powerball, he or she would win money, while before, that ticket would not win anything. In addition, the number of main balls was raised from 45 to 50.

The record prize for any Lottery game in South Africa was in PowerBall at R102,016,595. This prize was won in the Free State but never collected. The highest claimed prize was also from PowerBall at R91,068,427

PowerBall PLUS

PowerBall PLUS is exactly the same as PowerBall, but gives the player a second chance to win. When buying a PowerBall ticket, the player must pay an extra R2.50 per board to enter the PowerBall PLUS draw. Odds are the same, while prizes are usually slightly lower.

Powerball PLUS was a more recent game added by the National Lottery of South Africa and is currently the newest game. It was introduced on 28 November 2015. Draws take place on Tuesdays and Fridays on E.tv at 21:00.

What Are the Odds of Winning?

PowerBall and PowerBall PLUS odds
Match Odds of winning % of total winning pool
PowerBall 1 : 35 Fixed (R10 for PowerBall/ R5

for Power Ball Plus)

1 ball and PowerBall 1 : 57 Fixed (R15 for PowerBall/ R7.50

for Power Ball Plus)

2 balls and PowerBall 1 : 299 3.00%
3 balls 1 : 225 4.00%
3 balls and PowerBall 1 : 4,280 4.80%
4 balls 1 : 9,912 4.24%
4 balls and PowerBall 1 : 188,334 2.50%
5 balls 1 : 2,230,274 4.00%
All balls including PowerBall 1 : 42,375,200 54.46%

SPORTSTAKE 13

There are two game to play here: Sportstake 8 and Sportstake 13. A player can play SPORTSTAKE 13 by predicting outcomes of 13 predetermined match fixtures drawn from English and other identified professional soccer fixtures.

For each fixture the player chooses their prediction by marking on the bet slip;

[1] – for a home win

[x] – for a draw

[2] – for a home loss (Away win)

  • You can select a single or multiple outcomes result for each fixture.
  • A valid wager must consist of at least one selection per fixture.
  • A minimum price per wager per board is R2.00 vat incl, and a maximum wager per Betslip is R2000.00
  • Each wager will cost you R2.00 vat incl.
  • You can play PROPICK as a quick play option
  • There is no Multi Draw option.
  • 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.

What Are the Odds of Winning?

Prize division Theoretical odds of winning Pool %
Match 13 1:1,594,323 30%
Match 12 1:62,320 15%
Match 11 1:5110 20%
Match 10 1:697 35%

EAZiWIN

As well as tickets for the Draw Games, the National Lottery also sells instant win digital scratch cards.

They are digital scratch cards, where a card is compared against a slip and not scratched like traditional scratchcards. These are called ‘EAZiWIN and are based on traditional African games. Cards range from R3 to R5.

What Are the Odds of Winning?

EAZiWIN odds
Name of Game Game based on Price of Card Highest Prize Odds of winning
Popa Feela Unknown R3 R30,000 1 : 4
4 Siya Wina Unknown R5 R100,000
Fafi Fortune Fafi
Morabaraba Morabaraba

Are My Odds of Winning Increased Online?

Although the odds stay relatively the same no matter which platform you choose, playing online has its benefits. This is because you have the ability to be connected to the website any time of the day. Thus, you have more time to submit more tickets, which increases your chances at winning.

You can download the National Lottery game app on your mobile be it Android or iPhone and play lotto games now. Visit here to know more about the latest games on offer at South Africa National Lottery.