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!

Daily Lotto

Daily Lotto is an exciting game that is played at 21:00 SAST every day. Tickets cost R3 per line, and players can enter by picking five numbers between 1 and 36. There are four different prizes to be won, including the jackpot for matching all five numbers. 

Prizes are based on how many tickets are sold and how many winners there are, with a certain percentage of the prize fund going to each category. Individual prize amounts can therefore change from draw to draw.

The jackpot has to be won in every draw so if no ticket holder matches the full line, the prize money rolls down to the next winning prize tier. Daily Lotto can be played at licensed retailers in South Africa or online from various locations around the world. The table below shows the how the prize money is split and the odds of winning in each category.

Divisions Matched Odds Prize %
Level 1 5 1:376,992 35.6%*
Level 2 4 1:2,432 8.2%
Level 3 3 1:81 16.4%
Level 4 2 1:8.4 39.8%
Overall Odds of Winning a Prize are 1 in 7.6

*If there are no jackpot winners, the money rolls down so the Division 2 prize receives 43.8% of the overall prize fund.

Powerball

In South Africa’s Powerball game, players pick five main numbers from 50 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 Prize %
Level 1 5 + Powerball 1:42,375,200 54.46%
Level 2 5 1:2,230,274 4.00%
Level 3 4 + Powerball 1:188,334 2.50%
Level 4 4 1:9,912 4.24%
Level 5 3 + Powerball 1:4,280 4.80%
Level 6 3 1:225 4.00%
Level 7 2 + Powerball 1:299 3.00%
Level 8 1 + Powerball 1:57 10.99%
Level 9 Powerball 1:35 12.01%
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. Here are the winning tiers and prize amounts for Powerball Plus:

Divisions Matched Odds Prize %
Level 1 5 + Powerball 1:42,375,200 54.46%
Level 2 5 1:2,230,274 4.00%
Level 3 4 + Powerball 1:188,334 2.50%
Level 4 4 1:9,912 4.24%
Level 5 3 + Powerball 1:4,280 4.80%
Level 6 3 1:225 4.00%
Level 7 2 + Powerball 1:299 3.00%
Level 8 1 + Powerball 1:57 10.99%
Level 9 Powerball 1:35 12.01%
Overall odds of winning a South Africa Powerball Plus prize are 1 in 18.

National Lottery Raffle

National Lottery Raffles take place several times a year and offer the chance to win luxury prizes, including cars and houses, as well as other amazing cash prizes.

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. 

The 2019 Raffle takes place on 10th January 2020 and will offer 10 prizes of a Mercedes-Benz C200 Cabriolet, as well as R4.7 million in cash prizes. Tickets are on sale from 20th October until 10th January.

Previous jackpot winners have won prizes including a Mini Cooper Convertibles, Mercedes Benz C200 Cabriolets and R1 million cash payments. The table below shows the prizes awarded in the latest raffle on Saturday 29th December 2018. The R2 million won by six players was to be used to buy a new home.

Prize Number of Prizes Winning Odds
R2 million 6 1 in 83,333
R10,000 50 1 in 10,000

Pick 3

Pick 3 was played every day except Christmas Day and offered a top prize of up to R10,000. The game was discontinued on 15th March 2019.

Players could select the level of their stake and the type of bet they place, with both affecting the payout if they won.

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

Here are the type of Picks that were 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

Rapido

Rapido has not been available since 15th March 2019. It was played every five minutes between 5am and 11:45pm, with prizes of up to R750,000 available in every draw. Players had to choose eight main numbers from the Section A pool of 21 and one ball from the Section B pool of four.

You could bet a minimum of R3 and a maximum of R25 on each line, with prize values increasing accordingly. Players won by matching anything from four Section A numbers and the Section B number upwards. There were 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
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