South African Lottery

South African Lotto

The South African National Lottery was launched in 2000, and by 2006 it was reported that 82 percent of the country’s population played lottery games at least once a week. There are a wide variety of draw games on offer:

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Lotto

Lotto ticket holders must pick six numbers from a choice of 52. In order to win the jackpot, a player must match all of the main balls drawn. A Bonus Ball is also drawn, which allows players who match it with two, three, four and five main numbers to boost their winnings.

Matched Percentage of Prize Fund Odds of Winning
6 73% 1:20,358,520
5 + Bonus Ball 2.3% 1:3,393,087
5 4% 1:75,402
4 + Bonus Ball 5% 1:30,161
4 8.4% 1:1,371
3 + Bonus Ball 7.3% 1:1,028
3 Fixed R50 1:72
2 + Bonus Ball Fixed R20 1:96
Overall odds of winning a South Africa Lotto prize are 1 in 38.

Matching two main numbers plus the Bonus Ball will see a player win a guaranteed prize of R20, with the value of the awards won increasing as they match more numbers.

Lotto Plus

For a small additional fee, players can use their selections from the main game in Lotto Plus 1 and Lotto Plus 2. These are supplementary draws which work in the same way as the main Lotto game, with six main numbers and a Bonus Ball drawn from a pool of 52. You have to play Lotto to be able to play Lotto Plus 1, and you have to play both Lotto and Lotto Plus 1 to be able to play Lotto Plus 2.

The jackpots for Lotto Plus 1 and Lotto Plus 2 roll over when they are not won and increase in value for the following draw. Here are the winning tiers and the odds of winning for both games.

Matched Percentage of Prize Fund Odds of Winning
6 53% 1:20,358,520
5 + Bonus Ball 8.1% 1:3,393,087
5 5.4% 1:75,402
4 + Bonus Ball 6.7% 1:30,161
4 13.4% 1:1,371
3 + Bonus Ball 13.4% 1:1,028
3 Fixed R25 1:72
2 + Bonus Ball Fixed R15 1:96
Overall odds of winning a South Africa Lotto prize are 1 in 38.

As of May 2016, Lotto Plus no longer offers a fixed top prize. Instead, the jackpot now rolls over when it is not won and increases in value, leading to bigger sums of cash to play for!

Powerball

In South Africa’s Powerball game, players pick five main numbers from 45 and one Powerball from 20 with the multimillion-Rand jackpot being won by matching the entire winning line drawn. There are nine prize categories in total with cash amounts being awarded for matching anything from just the Powerball upwards. Here are the winning combinations, the odds of winning and the percentage of the prize fund shared amongst ticket holders in those tiers.

Divisions Matched Odds % of Prize Fund
Level 1 5 + Powerball 1:24,435,180 41.12%
Level 2 5 1:1,286,062 7.35%
Level 3 4 + Powerball 1:122,176 3.72%
Level 4 4 1:6,430 7.06%
Level 5 3 + Powerball 1:3,133 6.76%
Level 6 3 1:165 5.74%
Level 7 2 + Powerball 1:247 3.82%
Level 8 1 + Powerball 1:53 Fixed R15 prize per winner
Level 9 Powerball 1:38 Fixed R10 prize per winner
Overall odds of winning a South Africa Powerball prize are 1 in 18.

Powerball Plus

For an extra R2.50, players can enter their Powerball numbers into Powerball Plus, which gives them another chance of winning. Powerball Plus was introduced for the draw on 1st December 2015. Here are the winning tiers and prize amounts for Powerball Plus:

Divisions Matched Odds % of Prize Fund
Level 1 5 + Powerball 1:24,435,180 41.12%
Level 2 5 1:1,286,062 7.35%
Level 3 4 + Powerball 1:122,176 3.72%
Level 4 4 1:6,430 7.06%
Level 5 3 + Powerball 1:3,133 6.76%
Level 6 3 1:165 5.74%
Level 7 2 + Powerball 1:247 3.82%
Level 8 1 + Powerball 1:53 Fixed R7.50 prize per winner
Level 9 Powerball 1:38 Fixed R5 prize per winner
Overall odds of winning a South Africa Powerball prize are 1 in 18.

Pick 3

Pick 3 is played every day except Christmas Day and offers a top prize of up to R10,000. Players can select the level of their stake and the type of bet they place, with both affecting the payout if they win.

Ticket holders choose numbers from up to three fields, each containing digits between 0 and 9. To win the jackpot, you must match all three in the correct order at the top bet price of R20.

Here are the type of Picks available:

Pick Type Number Selections Example How to Win
Straight One digit from each field 567 Match digits in the correct order
3 Way Mix One digit from each field with one repeated 556 Match numbers in any order
6 Way Mix One digit from each field (all must be different) 567 Match numbers in any order
Front Pair Select one number from each of the first two fields 56x Match chosen digits in order and correct position
Back Pair Select one number from each of the last two fields x67 Match chosen digits in order and correct position
Split Pair Select one number from each of the first and last fields 5x7 Match chosen digits in order and correct position

Here are the Pick 3 prizes and odds of winning:

Pick Type R3 R5 R10 R20 Odds of Winning
Straight R1,500 R2,500 R5,000 R10,000 1 in 1,000
3-Way Mix R501 R835 R1,670 R3,340 1 in 333
6-Way Mix R252 R420 R840 R1,680 1 in 167
Front Pair R150 R250 R500 R1,000 1 in 100
Back Pair R150 R250 R500 R1,000 1 in 100
Split R150 R250 R500 R1,000 1 in 100

National Lottery Raffle

The National Lottery Raffle was originally announced in November 2016, with the first draw taking place on 30th December. Draws are held at least four times a year, although there are no set dates. Details will be published well in advance of the next National Lottery Raffle game being played.

Players buy tickets containing pre-printed unique codes and sales close half an hour before the draw or when all of the codes are issued, whichever comes first. Prizes are a mixture of cash rewards and luxury items, such as sports cars.

Here are the prizes awarded in the December 2016 draw and the odds of winning:

Prize Number of Prizes Winning Odds
Mercedes-Benz C-Class Cabriolet 15 1 in 133,333
R100,000 45 1 in 44,444
R10,000 500 1 in 4,000
R1,000 1,000 1 in 2,000

Rapido

Rapido is played every five minutes between 5am and 11:45pm, with prizes of up to R750,000 available in every draw. Players choose eight main numbers from the Section A pool of 21 and one ball from the Section B pool of four.

You can bet a minimum of R3 and a maximum of R25 on each line, with prize values increasing accordingly. Players win by matching anything from four Section A numbers and the Section B number upwards. There are also awards for matching one number from each section or even matching nothing at all.

Here is the full list of Rapido Prizes:

Match R3 Prize R5 Prize R10 Prize R15 Prize R20 Prize R25 Prize
8+1 90,000 150,000 300,000 450,000 600,000 750,000
8+0 7,500 12,500 25,000 37,500 50,000 62,500
7+1 450 750 1,500 2,250 3,000 3,750
7+0 150 250 500 750 1,000 1,250
6+1 45 75 150 225 300 375
6+0 21 35 70 105 140 175
5+1 12 20 40 60 80 100
5+0 6 10 20 30 40 50
4+1 6 10 20 30 40 50
1+1 12 20 40 60 80 100
0+0 21 35 70 105 140 175

Rapido is only available to play at authorised retailers and results can be viewed as they happen on screens in the store.