South Africa Lotto

In Africa there is no better loved form of gambling than the South African lotto. The South African lotto is one of the most popular national lottery games in it’s home nation, with over 82% of all South African residents playing the game regularly. Many lotteries have been operating in South Africa since 1984, but it wasn’t until the Establishment of the South African Lotto in 2000 that lottery games began to become so wildly popular. The high ticket sales even lead to a spin off game (South African Powerball) to be realeased in 2009. This classic number picking game offers multiple prize categories and is starting to become popular outside of its home nation.


Online lottery ticket agents have now made this game available to people from almost any country in the world. That means that you can enjoy the South African lottery from the comfort of your own home and win it’s prizes even if you don’t live in South Africa.

How To Play The South African Lotto

This is a classic number picking game in which players must select 6 different integers from 1-49. Those 6 numbers make up one South African Lotto entry. The draws are held twice each week on Wednesday and Saturday at 21:30 GMT. When the numbers are drawn a 7th bonus number is drawn from the 49 that helps players win more prizes. This bonus number matched with other numbers makes it possible for the South African lotto to have multiple cash prize categories.

Below is a table of all the winning prize categories in the South African lotto as well as the odds of winning in each.

Numbers Matched Odds Of Winning
6 1 in 13,983,816
5 + Bonus 1 in 2,330,636
5 1 in 55,492
4 + Bonus 1 in 44,393
4 1 in 1,033
3 + Bonus 1 in 2,436
3 1 in 57