Best South African Scratch Cards

How to Play Online Scratch Cards in South Africa

  • Scratchcards are available in many shapes and sizes. Choose a theme that you enjoy. Obviously you should also look out for jackpots and your odds of winning.
  • Next you will need to make a deposit and wager your money.
  • Select the scratch card game you want to play from the list
  • Then the entertainment begins. Use the virtual coin to scratch the scratch panel. Depending on the game, you usually need to land winning symbols or numbers. 
  • If you have a winning combination, you can claim your prize or your bankroll will automatically be credited with your winnings. 
  • If you didn’t land a winning combination, you always have the option to try again. 

Different Types of Scratch Cards in South Africa

Scratch card games in South Africa come with different themes and from different retailers but the two most popular types of scratch card games are lottery scratch cards and progressive scratch cards.

Lottery Game Scratch Cards

The most popular type of scratch game in South Africa is the lottery scratch cards. It offers jackpots amounting to millions but also smaller prizes such as bonus spins or bonus credits. 

Progressive Jackpot Scratch Cards

In this version, you also need to get a specific sequence of numbers and symbols on the scratch panel but when you do land a winning combination, you move on to the next round, getting closer to the big progressive jackpot. Your odds might be slightly less but the prize money is often enormous.

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Online Scratch Card Developers for South African Players

There are a number of leading scratch card software developers that cater not only for the South African market but also for countries globally. This means that the selection of scratch card games provided by these reputable developers are safe and available in many varieties. The themes and graphics are remarkable and the prize pools are massive. All you need to do is match numbers and symbols to stand a chance of winning a jackpot. 


Playtech has been around since 1999 and provides software for online casinos, sports betting, poker, bingo, mobile gaming, live dealer games, arcade games and scratch cards. Among the favourites for South AFrican players are King Kong Scratch and Lotto Madness. 

Realtime Gaming

The scratch cards developed by Realtime Gaming offer really good payouts. Their graphics and themes are fantastic and are known for being incredibly user-friendly. The most popular scratch games at South African casinos are Hot Dice, Lucky 8’s, Treasure Tree, Diamond Blackjack and Magic 7’s. 




This list would not be complete without mentioning the ever so popular game provider NetEnt. They also have a reputation for developing games that are easy to play and aim more towards the traditional scratch card games graphics. South African players can enjoy scratch games such as Lucky Double, Bubbles, Marbles, The Lost Pyramid and Triple Wins among others. 

Biggest Scratch Card Wins 

Winning scratch cards are often bought on the spur of the moment by people not realising that their life will instantly change forever. These scratchcard players were one of the lucky few that won millions after spending a few bucks on their favourite pastime. 

The Kitchen manager – £4 million

In 2016 a kitchen manager, Amandou Gillen, from the UK decided to buy two scratchcards from a newsagent on his break. Little did he know that this decision would change his life forever. He lit a cigarette and scratched the first ticket to win £10 but it was the second scratchcard that revealed he had become an instant millionaire. The £4million winner was so shocked he went back to work and finished his shift before resigning the next day.

New Year’s Luck – £4 million

Ross Hearst was a road worker with a baby on the way back in 2016 when he decided to buy a scratchcard on New Years day. He had modest wins before but nothing compared to the massive £4million win on that day. He was in total shock for a while and after confirming his win with operators, he called his wife. She initially thought it was a joke but after realising that they were actually millionaires, she was (obviously) overjoyed. 

Holiday of a lifetime – £3 million

Susan Richards bought a scratchcard on the spur of the moment and that was undoubtedly the best decision she ever made. After working a 12 hour shift as a care worker she stopped by the grocery store to buy a few items. On her way out, she saw the scratchcards and because she had exactly enough change in her pocket she saw it as a sign. The ticket she picked was a £3million ticket that would change her life forever. After the win she said that she would visit family in America because it was her late fathers big dream. 

The pink ticket – £1 million

Grace Walker, a housewife from Scotland chose a scratch card based on the colour and it turned out that pink made her rich. After the £1million win, Grace and her husband decided to stay on in their council house that they have been calling home for over 30 years. And, despite her massive win, she is still an avid scratchcard player. 

How to play Wina Manje

wina-manjeYou buy a Wina Manje scratch card and see if you can find any matching symbols on the card, which will mean that you have won a cash prize. You need three matching symbols to win a prize. You have 365 days to claim your prize, should you win. Your odds of winning varies at around between 48 and 55%

How much does Wina Manje cost?

Tickets cost anything from about R2 for affordable games like Fast Cash, Goldfish and Piggy Bank, to up to R10 for more lucrative games like Money Talk, and Pharaoh’s Gold. When does Wina Manje take place?

Wina Manje scratch card games close once all the tickets in a certain game are out in the market. There is usually around one million to five million tickets printed per game. The closing date of a certain game is published in the local media. Players can also send in their used scratch cards to the Mina Manje game show to stand a chance to win extra prizes or to appear on the show.

Wina Manje Game Show

Wina Manje’s big draw card is its game show that airs on local SABC TV stations. Wina Manje players seem to not be able to get enough of this game show. The show was first broadcasted on eTV in 2009 but moved to SABC 1 this year. You can catch it at 6:30pm on Monday nights.

Gidani is the company that runs the South African National Lottery and Wina Manje. Thembi Tulwana, Gidani spokesperson, said: “Wina Manje scratch cards are part of four products under the auspices of the National Lottery and they offer prizes that start from R2 right up to R500 000 and we are pleased to announce that the Wina Manje scratch cards game show is back.” The first Wina Manje game show run of 2009 is now complete, keep an eye on the local media to find out when the next show will be broadcast.

“The Wina Manje scratch cards are all about instant winning opportunities and translates into the up-coming game show where you play now and you win now,” said Tulwana.

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