South African National Lotto & Lotto Plus

lotto South African National Lottery was established in 2000 and it is regulated by the National Lottery Commission. Since 2015, National Lottery is operated by Ithuba as the official operator of the most popular type of gambling in this African country. Lotto may be played by people over 18 years of age by buying tickets including six different numbers between 1 and 49 which may be chosen by a player or generated automatically by the computer.

How To Play The Lotto?

To play South African Lotto, you have to choose a combination of six numbers from 1 to 49 and buy one or more tickets. If you do not want to choose the numbers, this may be done by the computer. This option is called QuickPick and it is available at different prices depending on the number of combinations you want to play. The ticket price for classic Lotto was R3.50, while the Lotto Plus ticket price was R1.50 until recently when the cost of both games was increased by the operator along with payouts which will be explained in the following chapters. You need to be at least 18 years old to buy the Lotto tickets.

During the broadcast, the 6 winning numbers from the set of 49 balls are drawn plus a bonus number. This additional number provides more ways to win especially for those players who match five numbers. Mathematically speaking, the odds of winning the top prize Lotto jackpot are one in almost 14,000,000. As this is a game of chance, you cannot devise a winning strategy but you should try to have a mix of odd and even numbers. The possibility of drawing all odd or all even numbers is low as such combinations occur really rarely. Besides, all high or all low numbers are also rarely drawn and you should choose a mix of the numbers form the first and the second half of the numbers offered.

Play Lotto Online

Besides buying Lotto tickets at shops and via SMS, you may also play it online. In order to take part in the Lotto game via the Ithuba website you have to register first on it or by sending your name and ID number via SMS or via the USSD string. As soon as your profile is registered, your virtual wallet which will store your funds will be created. You will also be required to submit a unique password in order to access your profile and wallet.

After you have completed the registration process you have to make a deposit into your Ithuba account and the credits will be added to your virtual wallet so that you can purchase tickets for the ongoing draw. You will be automatically charged a fee on all deposits placed into your virtual wallet as well as on any of your withdrawals. All the information on the fees and cashout limits as well as the methods of claiming the prize can be found on the Ithuba website.

What Does It Cost To Play The Lotto?

As we have already mentioned, the prices of the Lotto and Lotto Plus tickets have been increased recently and each game board can be purchased at R5 or R2.50 respectively due to the recent modifications of the prize payouts which are effective since May 22, 2016. So far we have no information if the price increase has effected the sale of the tickets.

What Is Lotto Plus?

The Lotto Plus is basically an extra chance to win the huge jackpot. In order to play it you have to check this option on your Lotto ticket. The Lotto Plus draw is taken after the regular Lotto draw has taken place.

Why Play Lotto?

The Lotto prizes may be life-changing, especially if you match all 6 numbers and hit the jackpot prize. Due to the recent changes, players are now guaranteed prize payout which stands at R50 for matching three numbers instead of sharing the prize pool by all the players who won the combination.

Lotto Plus has also undergone changes, so from now on the jackpot in the second chance game will keep on rolling over until it has been won instead of rolling down which was effective until recently. Players who match 3 numbers in the Lotto Plus game are guaranteed a fixed prize standing at R20.

A South African player won Lotto twice during the seven years period, so it is worth trying as you may hit win as much as R5,000,000 or more at only R5 price. If you buy more tickets featuring more combinations your winning chances will be increased.

The National Lottery Operator

Ithuba is a company responsible for the operating of South African National Lottery since 2015. The former lottery operator Gidani has tried once more to reclaim the Lottery license at the court but High Court judgment has confirmed that Ithuba is the rightful holder of the National Lottery license. As the people behind Ithuba claim, they are devoted to optimising the consumer experience, restoring faith and trust in the National Lottery, as well as showcasing its positive social contribution to socio-economic development through the ethical and efficient operation of the National Lottery.

When Does The Lotto And Lotto Plus Draws Take Place?

Lotto draws take place every Wednesday and Saturday evening at 21:00 and is broadcasted live on TV. The Lotto game show takes place from 21:00 to 21:30. The game show, the Lotto and the Lotto Plus is broadcasted live on SABC 2. The Lotto Plus draw takes place after the normal Lotto draw.