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South African Lottery Lotto SA

The South African Lotto has for a long time now been the flagship game offered in the portfolio of the National Lottery South Africa.

South African Lottery games can trace their history back to 1984 when Ciskei introduced a lottery that lasted until the early 1990’s. Then another lottery was established in the Transkei Province in 1989 which was run and operated by Score-A-Lot.

Another South African Lottery then began in the province of KwaZulu-Natal in 1992. It was called the Natal Lotto or KZN Lotto and ran for eight years raising a total of R 869 million.

The current South Africa National Lottery was first established in the year 2000 and it has more players that participate than any other form of wagering and gambling throughout the whole of the country of South Africa.

When it began – the National Lottery South Africa was run by Uthingo but today it is operated and administered by Gidani – a company that was formed in 2005 to tender for the license to run all South African National Lottery games.

The South African government awarded Gidani the license to run the SA National Lottery in October 2006. The go ahead was given for Gidani to begin South Africa Lottery operations for 7 years commencing in April 2007.

The National Lottery South Africa is so popular that research has found that a staggering 82% of the country’s population play SA Lottery games every week and that with 53% of the population – playing South Africa Lottery games was indeed the only form of wagering that they took part in.

Games offered by the South African National Lottery include the latest offering – the South African Powerball, Wina Manje scratch cards, Sportstake, Lotto PLUS and the game we’ll be looking at in more depth here – the South African Lotto

SA Lotto Overview

The South African Lotto is a traditional draw-style, lotto jackpot game and is the most popular game offered by the South Africa National Lottery.

The South African Lotto first commenced operations back on March 2nd 2000 with President Thabo Mbeki launching the game outside Cape Town, at Yeve Butchery in Langa.

The very first draw of the South African Lotto was conducted by the South African Lottery on Saturday, March 11th 2000.

The South African Lotto initially took place just once a week with draws taking place every Saturday until the introduction of a Wednesday draw on October 3rd 2001 by Lotto SA – meaning that players could now play the game twice each week.

Each time that the South Africa Lotto jackpot is not won it will rollover and the increase will be added onto the top prize for the next draw. There is no limit to the amount of times that the jackpot can rollover meaning that some very large jackpot figures are often waiting to be won.

We are very happy to have given the South African Lotto a detailed review and would highly recommend taking a more in depth look at exactly how it works below…

SA Lotto How it Works

The South African Lotto game uses what’s called a 6/49 matrix which means that when playing the SA Lotto – you will need to select a total of 6 numbers out of a range of numbers from 1 to 49. If you match all 6 of the main winning lotto numbers drawn you will be a winner of the first division prize – the SA Lotto jackpot.

In addition to the 6 main numbers a seventh number is also drawn – this seventh ball is the Bonus Number and is used to determine winners on prize levels 2, 4 and 6. All SA Lotto numbers are drawn using a traditional ball drawing machine.

Draws for the South Africa Lotto take place on Wednesdays and Saturdays every week at 9.00pm and you can easily check the South African Lotto results as the draws are televised live.

As well as the jackpot itself – there are 6 other ways in which you can win on the South African Lotto – which means that are a great number of prizes to be won twice per week for anyone who plays.

A Quick Pick facility is available when playing the South African Lotto just the same as the Lucky Dip option that is used in the UK National Lottery, the huge European Lottery – EuroMillions – or the Quick Pick/Easy Pick used by nearly all USA lottery games. This means that you can ask the lottery retailer or computer to randomly select all your South African Lottery numbers for you.

So – playing the South African Lotto is very easy – simply select your own 6 numbers or request the computer or retailer to use the random number generator and select them for you by choosing the available QuickPick option.

The cost of each entry into the South Africa Lotto – not including Lotto PLUS is R 3.50 per line.

SA Lotto Lotto PLUS

The South African National Lottery introduced an additional game in November 2003 that you can play at the same time as playing the SA Lotto.

Lotto PLUS gives you a further chance to win the lottery for an extra R 1.50 and uses exactly the same SA Lotto numbers as the main South African Lotto draw.

To play the South African Lotto with Lotto PLUS you simply need to check the box marked "Lotto PLUS" on your SA Lottery slip.

SA Lotto Who Can Play?

In the past – only citizens living in South Africa itself were allowed to play in any of the South Africa National Lottery games including the South African Lotto you used to have to purchase your South African Lottery tickets from an authorized retailer or ticket agent based in South Africa.

Today though – this is not a worry as there are a good number of online lottery ticket agencies available such as TheLotter who are both genuine and authorized – you are able to select your SA Lottery numbers online and buy lottery tickets from anywhere in the world.

This is excellent news if you live outside of South Africa and want to play the South African Lotto and ensure your entry into the next draw or simply want to have the convenience and ease of being able to buy lottery tickets online.

You will need to be 18 years of age to be eligible to purchase a ticket for any of the South Africa National Lottery games including the South Africa Lotto.

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SA Lotto Results SA Lottery Results

The South African Lotto is drawn twice every week on both Wednesdays and Saturdays at 9.30pm.

You can find all South African Lottery Results in various different ways to check your ticket and see if you have been lucky with the winning lottery numbers drawn.

You can check the very latest South African Lotto Results at any time by clicking the link here or by watching the SA Lotto draw live on TV on Wednesday and Saturday evenings.

The South Africa Lotto Results will also be broadcast on various radio stations on draw nights as well as appearing in different newspaper publications.

You can also easily find the latest SA Lottery Results after each draw by visiting the official Lotto South Africa websitenationallottery.co.za.

SA Lotto Odds of Winning

The odds of winning on the South African Lotto are very competitive when compared to many world lotteries and with 7 different ways in which you can win – this means that there are many thousands of prizes to be won every week.

Your chances of winning a South African Lotto jackpot by matching the 6 main numbers are 1 in 13.98 million – for these odds you could be a lucky South Africa Lotto jackpot winner.

For one of the prizes in the South African Lotto second division the odds come in at 1 in 2.33 million for matching 5 of the main numbers plus the bonus number.

The chances of you winning a third division prize are 1 in 55,492 for matching 5 of the main numbers and for a fourth division prize – the odds are 1 in 44,393 for matching 4 of the main numbers plus the bonus number.

For a fifth division prize the odds of you winning are 1 in just 1,033 for matching 4 of the main numbers with sixth division odds being even better at 1 in 2,436 for matching just 3 of the main numbers plus the bonus number.

The final South African Lotto prize division – the seventh division – carries odds of 1 in just 57 for matching just 3 of the main winning lottery numbers.

SA Lotto Record Jackpots

The largest ever jackpot to have been won on the South African Lotto to date has been a massive R 44,700,128 which was won on February 15th 2003 after rolling over 4 times. This record South African Lottery win was shared by 4 lucky players.

The largest single ticket win on the South African Lotto so far has been R 34,256,346 which was won on March 8th 2006.

The highest number of players to share in an SA Lotto jackpot win occurred when 33 players won R 111,901 each after sharing the first division prize on March 15th 2003.

SA Lotto How Prizes are Paid

If you are the lucky winner of a South African Lotto jackpot you will be paid your winnings in the form of a cash lump sum. All South African Lottery prizes are paid out as cash.

You will need to claim any South African Lottery prize – including the jackpot – within 365 days of the draw taking place before your ticket will become invalid.

If you have won a South African Lotto prize of up to R 2,000 – you will be able to claim your prize at any South Africa National Lottery retail outlet the day after the draw.

If you have won a prize of between R 2,000 and R 50,000 on the South Africa Lotto – you will need to claim your winnings by visiting an Authorised Prize Payment Centre. Post Offices participating in Lottery South Africa games are able to pay out these prizes.

If you’ve had a South Africa Lotto win of more than R 50,000 – you will need to claim your prize at a South African Lottery office having completed a Claim Form and provided proof of identity.

If you play lottery online however whatever your win this will not be a concern for you as your authorised lottery ticket sales agency will take care of all these details whether it is TheLotter or whichever company you decide to use.

SA Lotto Where the Money Goes

34% of all revenue generated by the South African National Lottery is paid over to the National Lottery Distribution Fund – NLDF – for onward allocation to its charitable recipients and good causes.

Various organisations benefit from lottery revenue in South Africa with a major beneficiary being reconstruction and development projects which in turn provide a much better quality of life for many South African citizens.

If there are any unclaimed South African Lottery prizes the National Lottery Distribution Fund will hold 50% of the monies which will then be distributed towards various good causes.


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