How To Play Lotto Online In South Africa

In recent times, many South Africans prefer to be playing Lotto online as the lottery games can be easily accessed on mobile devices or laptops, instead of going through the stress of the traditional way of queuing in lines at the physical outlets that offer the same services. Lotto is an online game that makes use of a computerized terminal to record selections and equally validate prize claims. With the National Lottery being introduced in South Africa in March 2000, Lotto has emerged as the most popular type of gambling in the country, though Powerball has experienced rapid growth in recent years.

In the last few years, Lotto has generated billions of rands in ticket sales. In the year 2012, over R4.6 billion was generated from National Lottery through the sales of Lotto and Powerball tickets alone. Ithuba Holdings, however, distributes 34 percent of the revenue generated from the National Lottery to a central charitable distribution fund. Then about 48 percent is paid in prizes. While ten percent of the revenue is retained as operational costs, six percent is paid as retail commission. Lotto is being regulated by the National Lottery Commission and here’s a sneak peek into diverse ways the lottery games can be played online.

How Many Numbers Do You Need To Win the Lotto In South Africa?

For you to play an SA Lotto, you have to select six numbers from 1 to 52. These numbers can be selected manually or from your saved Lucky Numbers or through a Quick Pick random selection. If the six numbers you selected successfully match the winning numbers generated randomly by a computer system, then you have won the jackpot prize. The numbers, however, do not have to be in the same order as the drawn numbers before you can win the top prize.

Additionally, if you do not emerge as the winner of the top prize, you could still become a Lotto winner with the help of seven secondary prize divisions created for partial matches. It’s also noteworthy that in some of the categories, a bonus ball selected in each draw determines the winners.

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Check Out The Odds and Secondary Prize Divisions For Winning a Lotto, Lotto Plus 1, and Lotto Plus 2 Prizes

Lotto 6/52 and Bonus Prize Structure

Match Prize per Winner Payout% Odds (1 in)
6 R17,498,147.90 17.20% 20,358,520.00
5 + Bonus R152,688.90 0.90% 3,393,086.67
5 R4,580.70 1.20% 75,401.93
4 + Bonus R3,189.50 2.10% 30,160.77
4 R154.2 2.30% 1,370.94
3 + Bonus R111.2 2.20% 1,028.21
3 Fixed R50 13.90% 71.7
2 + Bonus Fixed R20 5.20% 95.6

Lotto Plus 1 and Lotto Plus 2 Prize Structure

Match Prize per Winner Payout% Odds (1 in)
6 R8,034,918.00 15.8% 20,358,520.00
5 + Bonus R203,585.20 2.4% 3,393,086.67
5 R3,016.08 1.6% 75,401.93
4 + Bonus R1,508.04 2% 30,160.77
4 R137.09 4% 1,370.94
3 + Bonus R102.82 4% 1,028.21
3 Fixed R25 13.9% 71.7
2 + Bonus Fixed R15 6.3% 95.6

How Much is a Lotto Ticket in South Africa?

The price for each board on the Lotto ticket is R5, while Lotto Plus 1 and Lotto Plus cost R2.50 each. Hence, the price for one full entry for Lotto and the Lotto Plus games is R10. On the other hand, the ticket for Daily Lotto costs R3. Twice a week, Lotto offers multi-million rand jackpots. As such, Lotto tickets can be purchased at thousands of stores of approved retailers in South Africa or on the National Lottery website. The tickets can also be purchased via the banking app of major South African banks.

What Are The Procedures Involved in Playing Lotto Online?

For one to participate in the Lotto game, he or she has to purchase Lotto tickets either online or at a lottery outlet before 20h30 on the days for the Lotto draws. Below are processes involved in online Lotto game participation;

  • Register for a new account on the National Lottery website or sign in if you already have an existing account.
  • Select six numbers from 1 to 52.
  • You can also choose to select a Quick Pick for a random set of numbers.
  • After selecting to play the main Lotto, you can choose to play the supplementary Lotto games; Lotto Plus 1 and Lotto Plus 2. However, you must note that in order to play Lotto Plus 2, you have to play Lotto Plus 1.
  • Choose how many draws you want to enter or you can select to make payment for an ongoing subscription.
  • Make payment for your entries.
  • You will receive a confirmation email regarding the entries and the numbers you selected will be saved in your online account on the lottery website.

Steps On How To Register An Account On The National Lottery Website

Since the launch of a free online account by the National Lottery, South Africans have been enjoying a safe and convenient way to play Lotto and other Lottery-type games. The online account can be accessed on all channels (mobile/web). With it, Lotto players can keep track of their winning records, as well as deposits and withdrawal history. You can register for a free online account on the National Lottery website through the following steps:

STEP 1: Log in to the National Lottery registration website

STEP 2: Enter your first name and surname

STEP 3: Submit your RSA ID number, followed by your email address

STEP 4: Create a five-digit PIN

STEP 5: Confirm your PIN

STEP 6: Enter your residential address

STEP 7: Enter the town/suburb and the city you reside in

STEP 8: Select the province you reside in

STEP 9: Choose your referral (where you heard about the National Lottery)

STEP 10: Choose means of receiving marketing information; whether via email or SMS

STEP 11: Click on the register button

What are The Different Types of Lotteries Offered By The Ithuba National Lottery?

The National Lottery operator, Ithuba Holdings, was granted a license in the year 2015 and the lottery games are regulated by the National Lottery Commission. In addition to Lotto, Ithuba introduced another lottery game, EAZIWIN in that same year it was licensed. As an instant win game, EAZIWIN consists of four indigenous inspired games namely, Fafi Fortune, Morabaraba, 4 Siya Wina, and Popa Feela. Currently, Ithuba offers a wide range of great games for the enjoyment of South Africans.

While some of the games require a selection of random numbers, a few are designed for ardent sports supporters who would choose to bet on their teams. Though the draws for some of the lottery games are conducted daily, there are others that have weekly draws. With that being said, below are the details of the most popular lottery games offered to South African participants by the Ithuba National Lottery.

Lotto, Lotto Plus 1, and Lotto Plus 2

The Lotto Plus games are added as supplementary games to the main Lotto game to increase the chances of a player to win a prize. Hence, Lotto Plus 1 and Lotto Plus 2 games are exactly the same as the Lotto game. Also, the odds for the Lotto games are the same, but the prizes for Lotto Plus 1 and Lotto Plus 2 are slightly lower than that of Lotto. While Lotto Plus 1 gives a player a second chance to win a prize, Lotto Plus 2 offers players a third chance to win. Lotto Plus 1 was launched in South Africa by the National Lottery on November 26th, 2003, whereas Lotto Plus 2 was introduced on July 30th, 2017. Procedures involved in playing Lotto, Lotto Plus 1, and Lotto Plus 2 are listed as follows:

  • Select six numbers from numbers 1 to 52 or you can use the Quick Pick option
  • To play Lotto, Lotto Plus 1, and Lotto Plus 2, you need to mark the option on your bet slip
  • The prize for a Lotto entry is R5 per board
  • The prize for Lotto Plus 1 entry is R2.50
  • A single play of Lotto Plus 2 costs R2.50
  • For you to make a Lotto Plus 2 entry, you are required to play Lotto and Lotto Plus 1
  • To play the same number over multiple draws, you will have to select the Multi-Draw option

Daily Lotto

In order to offer players a wide range of games and a draw that could be won daily, Ithuba launched Daily Lotto on March 10th, 2019. Its first draw took place that same day, but the winning numbers weren’t matched by any player. As a result, the jackpot was rolled over to the next draw, which was won by 57 players, who shared a jackpot of R114,353, taking home R2,006 each. The Daily Lotto, which is the only South African lottery game to be played everyday, can be played as follows:

  • Select five numbers from a range of numbers 1 to 36 or a participant can use the Quick Pick to choose five numbers
  • A participant can play as many boards as possible per draw
  • A single board costs R3
  • The maximum amount one can bet per bet slip is R150
  • The Daily Lotto selects five winning numbers
  • The draw for Daily Lotto takes place every single day of the year with an exception of the Christmas Day
  • The highest reward for participants is the Division 1 prize, which is being given to those that match all the five winning numbers
  • Other prizes are also awarded to participants depending on how many correct numbers they match correctly from the drawn numbers
  • In an event where the jackpot is not won, it will be rolled over to the next draw

Sportstake 8

Another game offered by Ithuba National Lottery is Sportstake. It provides players with the chance to win prizes by predicting the result of their favorite football teams across the globe. Sportstake consists of two games – Sportstake 8 and Sportstake 13. Here is a guide on how to play the games and the prizes you can win as well.

  • Sportstake 8 allows you to predict the outcome of eight football matches.
  • A player needs to predict the first half outcome as well as the second half outcome of the matches.
  • A player can make sixteen predictions relating to eight soccer games on one bet slip as the grid is split into 16 for players to enter their predictions for each half in the relevant space.
  • You can play the game by selecting ‘1’ for a home win, ‘2’ for an away win, and ‘X’ for a draw.
  • The minimum cost of a board is R2.
  • The game allows you to play multiple boards as there are four boards on each coupon.
  • If you are picking more than one outcome for each half, then you have to select Multi-Play.
  • With the Propick option, players can make predictions by allowing the computer to automatically create selections for them using the previous match results.
  • You can bet up to R2000 at a time.
  • With the exact days to play Sportstake 8 depending on the selected fixtures, the game can be played three times a week.
  • The eight fixtures that feature in Sportstake 8 are announced in advance.
  • The fixtures include soccer games played in South Africa, the UK, Germany, Italy, Spain, France, or any other international football game that may be indicated.
  • Announcement for Sportstake 8 new fixture list takes place on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.
  • Matches close every Tuesday, Friday, and Sunday while the results are announced on respective Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays.
  • You need to get all the 16 predictions correctly, for you to win the jackpot. However, prizes are available for those that will get 13 or more predictions correctly.
  • The top prize can be rolled over to the next game if there are no winners.
  • Fifty percent of the total sales of Sportstake tickets are contributed to the prize pool.

Sportstake 13

  • In this lottery game, you are required to predict the result of 13 football matches.
  • The soccer games are selected from diverse leagues and competitions, including the Spanish La Liga, European Champions League, English Premier League, Italian Serie A, French Ligue 1, and German Bundesliga.
  • Sportstake 13 allows players to predict as many match results as possible.
  • You have to fill out up to three boards on your coupon.
  • You play the game by predicting whether the home team / away team will win or draw. As such, you have to select ‘1’ for the home team, ‘2’ for the away team, and ‘X’ for a draw.
  • Sportstake 13 can be played using the ProPick option which helps players to generate selections in an instant. However, you must note that you are not allowed to play both your own selections and the Propick on one bet slip.
  • The minimum price per entry is R2.
  • The highest prize of a wager is R2,000.
  • If you wish to predict more than one outcome for a match, then you will have to mark the Multi-Play box.
  • Sportstake 13 tickets can be purchased online or at lottery outlets every Monday and Friday from 6 AM to 11 PM.
  • The weekend fixture list for the game is published from Thursday at 6 AM while the midweek fixture list is published from Sunday at 6 AM.
  • The draws are conducted on Mondays and Fridays.
  • To win a prize, you need to get at least 10 predictions correctly.
  • Prizes are awarded in four divisions.
  • The top prize, if not won, is usually rolled over to the next division or next draw.

Note: If a match (or half) is rescheduled, postponed, abandoned, or canceled, all the predictions for the match will be settled as correct, irrespective of the selections.

Powerball and Powerball Plus

In the year 2009, Powerball was launched by the then-National Lottery operator, Gidani with the aim to provide players with an opportunity to win multi-million rand prizes. The first draw was conducted on October 23rd and the R30 million jackpot was won with that same draw. Later, on November 28th, 2015, the National Lottery of South Africa introduced Powerball Plus. The game is exactly the same as the main Powerball. However, it gives a player a second chance to win a prize. The odds for the two games are the same, but the prizes for winning Powerball Plus are slightly lower than that of winning Powerball. Below are more details on how to play Powerball and Powerball Plus.

  • You can play Powerball by selecting five numbers from a grid of 1 to 50 and one Powerball number from the second grid of 1 to 20, making it a total of six numbers.
  • You can also use the Quick Pick option to select a random set of numbers.
  • Powerball entries cost R5 per board.
  • Powerball Plus games cost an additional R2.50.
  • You can play as many boards as possible.
  • Powerball draws take place every Tuesday and Friday at 21h00 Central Africa Time (CAT). It is usually aired on Mzansi Magic (DStv channel 161) and NewzRoom Afrika (DStv channel 405).
  • To win the jackpot, you must match all the five numbers and the Powerball number, but there are prize divisions for matching less than five numbers and for even matching only the Powerball number.

EAZIWIN

  • EAZIWIN is an instant win digital scratch card sold by the National Lottery.
  • It is a lottery game based on traditional African games.
  • The price for the scratch cards ranges from R3 to R5.
  • The digital scratch cards are not scratched like the traditional scratch cards but are being compared against a slip to produce a winner.

When is The Lotto Draw in South Africa?

The draws for Lotto in Mzansi take place twice a week — on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 21h00. It is usually aired live on SABC2 at 20h56 Central African Time (CAT). Then the draw for daily Lotto happens daily at 21h00. To enter into a draw, there are diverse ways a participant may participate in Lotto, Lotto Plus 1, and Lotto Plus 2 draws. They include:

  • Through a Quick Pick. This can be achieved by requesting a number selection to be made by the Lottery Processing System in a random manner.
  • By indicating in person to the retailer the chosen numbers you want the retailer to enter manually into the Terminal.
  • By picking six random numbers at an alternative point of sale where participants can buy Lotto, Lotto Plus 1, and Lotto Plus 2 tickets other than the lottery outlets. These additional channels include mobile phones, mobile applications, and ATMs.
  • By presenting to a retailer a completed bet slip. A participant can make a selection on any bet slip from a minimum of one entry to a maximum of the number of entries indicated on the bet slip. The selection can be made manually by marking six numbers within one entry or by manually marking the Quick Pick box. Afterward, the completed bet slip will be processed through the Terminal, which offers a receipt that records each selection marked on the bet slip.

How The Lotto Draws Work

The lotto draws are normally conducted live in the presence of an independent auditor. Each draw is carried out in accordance with the rules and procedures of conducting the Lotto games draw, making use of the Random Number Generator (RNG). The Random Number Generator is a computer system that is used to randomly select the winning numbers for Lotto, Lotto Plus 1, and Lotto Plus 2. The draw rules and procedures of conducting the lottery game are usually approved by the National Lottery Commission.

In a situation whereby the Random Number Generator is non-functional, then the draw machines and balls will be used. These balls and machines used for Lotto games draws are regularly tested and certified by Wits University as they have been contracted for that sole purpose.

Note: In the case where the jackpot of a specific draw is not won, it will be rolled over to the next draw and the rollover amount will be added to the jackpot amount of that specific draw. In other words, a jackpot will be rolled over as many times as possible until it is won.

A Draw timetable For Different Types of Lottery Games

Lottery Games Draw Days Draw Time
Lotto, Lotto Plus 1, Lotto Plus 2   Wednesdays and Saturdays 9 PM
Daily Lotto Every day (except on Christmas Day) 9 PM
Sportstake Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays / Saturdays 9 AM
Sportstake 13  Mondays and Fridays 9 AM

Can You Bet Lotto With Capitec Bank?

Although Lotto tickets can now be bought at South African banks, not all banks in the country are offering the service. The likes of ABSA, Nedbank, FNB, and Standard Bank have been listed as the National Lottery participating banks. Capitec Bank, however, has revealed that they do not offer Lotto services on their banking app. As a result, debit card transactions for a lottery, betting, or gambling are prohibited within the bank. Nonetheless, with Capitec continuously expanding its range of products and services, they plan to look into adding the Lotto.

Which South African Banks Can You Play Lotto With?

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The South African banks that participate in online Lotto betting include Standard Bank, First National Bank (FNB), ABSA Bank, and Nedbank. For you to play Lotto with these banks you must have an account with them. Also, players of the lottery games need to be 18 years old and above and must be a resident of South Africa with a South African ID. The processes involved in playing Lotto with the aforementioned banks are listed as follows:

Step-by-Step Guide on How to Play Lotto With ABSA

STEP 1: From the Playstore or App Store, download the ABSA banking app on your smartphone or laptop.

STEP 2: Register your profile and log in to your account.

STEP 3: Choose the Lotto or Powerball option from the home screen menu.

STEP 4: Select to play the Lotto game.

STEP 5: Choose the six numbers you want to enter the draw with or you can select Quick Pick, thereby allowing the computer system to pick the numbers for you.

STEP 6: You can pick the numbers of future draws.

STEP 7: Select the account from which you want to make the payment as the cost of a Lotto entry is R5 per board. Then if the Lotto Plus 1 option is selected, an additional R2.50 is paid per draw. You can play up to 10 boards at a time.

STEP 8: Confirm your transaction.

STEP 9: If you feel that your Lotto entry was not successful, you can contact ABSA Contact Centre on 08600 08600.

Note: Once you confirm the transaction, the ticket purchase cannot be reversed or canceled. Additionally, you can view your played transactions and also replay your previous number under Purchased Ticket.

Step-by-Step Guide on How to Play Lotto With FNB

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STEP 1: Log in to your online banking profile.

STEP 2: Select the ‘Buy option’ and then choose the lottery game you want to play.

STEP 3: To enter your own numbers, select ‘Play Now’. You can also use the Quik Pick to select random numbers.

STEP 4: If you decide to choose your own numbers, then select the six numbers from the board(s) displayed.

STEP 5: Select ‘Done’.

STEP 6: Click on the ‘Buy button’ and then confirm your transaction.

Note: FNB allows Lotto players to make payments using eBucks, which can be earned by the clients of the bank.

Steps on How to Play Lotto With Nedbank

STEP 1: Log in to your online banking profile.

STEP 2: Choose the Lotto menu.

STEP 3: Select the ‘Purchase Lotto option’.

STEP 4: Choose how many boards you want to play and how many draws to enter.

STEP 5: Select ‘Make Purchase’.

STEP 6: Review the confirmation message and if the details are correct, click on the ‘Confirm Purchases button’.

Note: Lotto tickets can be bought using the Nedbank banking app from Monday to Saturday between 6 AM and 10:30 PM. Then on Sundays, players can purchase tickets from 6 AM to 5:30 PM.

Steps on How to Play Lotto With Standard Bank

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STEP 1: Log in to your online banking profile and select ‘Buy’.

STEP 2: Choose Lotto from the list of prepaid services.

STEP 3: Select the Lottery game you want to play.

STEP 4: To choose your own numbers, select the ‘Pick Number option’.

STEP 5: Complete your lottery details and enter ‘Next’ when you are done.

STEP 6: Choose the six numbers you would like to play. This can also be done by selecting the ‘Auto Generate option’ which helps to generate random numbers for players.

STEP 7: Select ‘Done’ after picking your numbers.

STEP 8: Select ‘Review’ as you have the opportunity to edit and add boards on your lottery tickets.

STEP 9: You can add a supplementary game (Lotto Plus 1 and Lotto Plus 2) if you wish.

STEP 10: Select the bank account from which you want to purchase the tickets.

STEP 11: You must accept the terms and conditions to proceed with the transaction.

STEP 12: Enter ‘Confirm’ after checking your details one last time.

Can Lotto Be Played Via SMS?

At the moment, it is still unclear whether Lotto can be played by SMS in South Africa. However, the most popular means of playing Lotto with mobile phones without needing internet access is by using USSD codes.

How to Bet Lotto Using USSD

Playing Lotto via Unstructured Supplementary Service Data (USSD) is another convenient way to enter a Lotto draw using a cellphone, without access to the internet. Through this means, you can even replay past tickets and equally check your previously played tickets. This is one of the advantages of playing Lotto online as players can easily misplace the Lotto bet slips they were given at lottery stores.

The procedure involved in playing Lotto with ABSA cellphone banking via USSD include the following:

  • Dial *120*2272#
  • Select number 8
  • Accept the terms and conditions
  • Select the game you want to play; Lotto or Powerball
  • You can select Quick Pick or your own numbers
  • You can also choose the numbers of future draws
  • Choose the account from which you want to make the payment as the playing cost is R5 per board
  • Confirm your transaction

The Processes Involved in Playing Lotto With FNB Using USSD

  • Dial *120*321#
  • Follow the prompts and select option 3 (Lotto and More)
  • Select Lotto
  • Under Lotto Jackpot, you can select: Option 1 – Buy Quick Pick; Option 2 – Choose Numbers; Option 3 – Play Past Tickets; or Option 4 – View Winning Numbers.
  • After selecting Option 2 – Choose Numbers, you will select the account to make payment from
  • Choose the number of boards to play
  • Select ‘Yes or No’ for Lotto Plus
  • Select ‘Yes or No’ for multiple draws
  • If you entered ‘Yes’ for multiple draws, then you have to enter the number of draws, which should be a minimum of 2 draws and a maximum of 10 draws.
  • Submit six unique numbers for each consecutive board and endeavour to use space to separate the numbers.
  • Select ‘Continue’
  • Review the confirmation screen and select ‘Confirm’ if the details are correct
  • A confirmation message will be displayed on the screen if your transaction was successful

The USSD codes for the South African banks that have partnered with Ithuba National Lottery and that of the National Lottery are listed as follows:

  • The National Lottery: *120*7529#
  • ABSA Bank: *120*2272#
  • Standard Bank: *120*2345#
  • Nedbank: *120*001#
  • FNB: *120*321#

A Look at Other Ways to Play Lotto in South Africa

Besides making a Lotto entry using online banking apps, USSD, or visiting the National Lottery websites, one can also play Lotto at the thousands of lottery stores available in the country or by using the ATM.

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To make use of the ATM service, you must ensure you are a client of the bank. The procedures involved are as follows:

  • Insert your debit card and enter your PIN
  • Click on ‘More Options’ and then select ‘Prepaid/Lotto’
  • Choose ‘Lotto/Powerball’
  • Select the game you want to play and click on ‘Proceed’
  • Using the ATM to play Lotto only offers you the option to use Quick Pick. As a result, you cannot choose your own numbers.
  • Choose how many boards to play
  • Confirm the account you want to use for your Lotto entries
  • Collect your receipt

Lottery Outlets

  • Visit any lottery store and pick up a bet slip
  • Mark the six numbers on each board you want to play
  • You can alternatively mark the Quick Pick option on each board to receive a random selection of numbers
  • Choose how many draws you wish to enter
  • You can leave the box blank if you opt to play a single draw
  • Mark the Lotto Plus 1 or Lotto Plus 2 box on the bet slip if you wish to enter the supplementary games
  • Pay the cashier for your Lotto ticket and keep it safe

Note: Endeavour to write your name, RSA ID number, and address on the back of your Lotto ticket after purchasing the ticket in lottery stores, in case you emerge as a Lotto winner and need to claim a prize. If you lose your entry before adding these details, you won’t be eligible to receive your winnings.

What are The Procedures Involved in Claiming Lotto Rewards in SA?

For each method of playing the Lotto in Mzansi, there are procedures to claiming the prize money. The Lotto prizes have to be claimed within 365 days of winning the draw and if they are not claimed before the deadline, the prizes will be forfeited. Fifty percent of the prize money is usually allocated to the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund and the money will be used to support good causes in the country. Below are the details on how to claim Lotto prizes won online, via banks, lottery stores, and mobile phones.

How to Claim Prizes Won Online

Online prizes can be claimed very easily as you will get an SMS notification of any Lotto prize you win. For prizes below R50,000, the money will be paid directly to your bank account without the need to initiate a claim. Then for over R50,000 prizes, you will have to complete an official Prize Claim Form and also visit one of the regional offices of the Ithuba National Lottery as you are required to collect your prize money in person. Once your entry is validated, you will collect your Lotto prize.

How to Claim Prizes Won Via a Banking App

For winnings less than R50,000, the bank will make the payment directly into your bank account within seven working days. However, if further identification is required, you will then need to fill a Prize Claim Form and visit one of Ithuba’s regional offices to collect your prize money in person. You are required to visit the office with the following:

  • Your ticket reference number
  • Proof of identity
  • One month bank statement

The same process is repeated if you win more than R50,000 with a Lotto entry purchased via a banking app. The bank will send you a notification if you win any Lotto prize.

How to Claim Prizes Won Using a Cellphone

Players, who won a prize using the USSD codes, usually receive the winnings in the mobile account they used for the purchase of the entries, as the payment will be made straight away and received within seven working days. You can then transfer the money from your mobile account to your bank account by dialing the following codes;

  • Standard Bank: *120*2345#
  • FNB: *120*321#
  • Nedbank: *120*001#

For winnings above R50,000, the bank will contact you regarding the prize and you are required to follow instructions given by the bank when contacted. Afterward, you will visit one of Ithuba’s regional offices to collect your prize money in person.

How to Claim Prizes Won at Lottery Stores

After purchasing a Lotto ticket at a store, you need to write your name, home address, and South African ID number on the back of the ticket. By doing this, your ticket won’t be claimed by others if lost. For prize money less than R2,000, you can claim it at any approved lottery outlet in the country. Then winnings between R2,001 and R49,999 can be claimed at an authorized payment center which is usually your local post office. Prize money above R50,000 can be claimed by filing an official Prize Claim Form which is available at any post office. Visit one of Ithuba’s regional offices to collect your Lotto prize in person, once your entry is validated.

Can a Lotto Prize Be Claimed If The Bank Account is Blocked?

If a Lotto player’s bank account is blocked or closed and he or she has emerged as a winner, the bank will try to contact the winner by making reasonable efforts. The bank will also try to make an alternative form of payment. For instance, if the player is an FNB client, the bank will put across three phone calls and also send a registered letter to the client’s residential address. If the Lotto winner is still unreached at this point, then the prize money will be kept in a holding account until the player comes in person to the bank to claim it. Subsequently, the prize money will be returned to Ithuba National Lottery if it remains unclaimed for 365 days.

Some Useful Tips on How To Win Lotto in South Africa

Every Lotto player dreams of winning the prize money, hoping he or she might just be lucky with the six chosen numbers. Consequently, we have some tips that will help you play the lottery games to favor you.

  • Do your homework by studying Lotto statistics over the years as it can help you to know the most and least commonly drawn numbers.
  • Avoid choosing the same numbers as previous winners.
  • Ensure that the total of your six chosen numbers falls between 104 and 196.
  • Choose both odd numbers and even numbers.
  • Stick to your chosen numbers and avoid using the Quick Pick random selection.
  • Buy more tickets to increase your chances of winning.
  • Avoid playing Lotto with numbers of your birthday or the birthday of a family member or friend.
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