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LOTTO & LOTTO PLUS | SA NATIONAL LOTTERY

South African Lotto & Lotto PlusIf you want to become a millionaire in just a few minutes, you should try playing South African National Lottery. Operating since 2000, the game is regulated by the National Lottery Commission and since 2015 it is operated by Ithuba, the official operator. National Lottery offers two games, Lotto and Lotto Plus, which are by far the most popular type of gambling. You are allowed to play Lotto as long as you are over 18 years and you may win huge sums at just R5 per combination.

The Republic of South Africa Lotto takes place twice a week and so far Lotto 6/49 was broadcast over 800 times with the same number of drawings. If you want to know whether you are a lucky winner, after you have bought a ticket with your preferred combination of numbers, you can watch drawings taking place on Wednesdays and Saturdays evening at 21:30. They are broadcast live on the TV channel SABC 2. The price of Lotto and Lotto Plus, which takes place after the Lotto draw is over, has been increased recently due to certain changes in the way the games pay, so stay tuned for more information.

HOW TO PLAY LOTTO?

The first thing you should do once you have decided to play Lotto is to choose six numbers from 1 to 49. In case you do not feel like choosing numbers, you can opt for the QuickPick option by which you basically let the computer generate random six numbers which might be your unique winning combination. The price of the QuickPick option depends on the number of combinations you want to play. Until recently, the cost of a single combination for classic Lotto was R3.50, while the Lotto Plus ticket price stood at R1.50. In the following chapters we will bring you more information on the price of tickets.

In order to buy Lotto tickets you have to be at least 18 years old. You have a chance twice a week to buy tickets featuring your preferred combination of numbers or more of them and you can watch live which numbers are drawn. The Lotto machine draws 6 winning numbers out of the set of 49 balls plus a bonus number which provides you with more chances of winning. Those players who have matched five numbers particularly may make use of this additional number, as they may match the total of six numbers and hit the jackpot.

When it comes to odds of winning, you should know that the the chances of hitting the top prize Lotto jackpot are one in almost 14,000,000. You should be aware of the fact that Lotto is a game of chance and as such a game it cannot be played by a certain winning strategy, but you can pay attention to a few details. In order to increase your winning chances, try to mix odd and even numbers as the draws of combinations consisting of all odd or all even numbers are quite rare. In addition, you should mix high and low numbers as combinations including all the numbers from the first or all the numbers from the second half of the board are also rarely drawn.



HOW TO PLAY LOTTO PLUS?

Lotto Plus 6/49 operates since 2003 and basically it is an extension of the Republic of South Africa Lotto. The game offers an extra chance to win as the numbers chosen for a Lotto draw are wagered for an additional corresponding Lotto Plus draw. Lotto and Lotto Plus can only be played together and the game boards which are entered for Lotto Plus must be the same as the Lotto combinations played. You have to check the Lotto Plus option on your Lotto ticket in order to get an additional chance of winning. The Lotto Plus draw takes place after the classic Lotto drawing has been finished.

THE PRICE OF LOTTO TICKETS

As the National Lottery has been facing tough competition from other forms of gambling lately, the official operator was made to invigorate the games which has reflected on the prices of tickets. South African players have not been very delighted to hear such news, as those who want to win millions by playing the National Lottery since May 22, 2016 need to pay R5 for a Lotto combination and R2.50 for Lotto Plus.

PLAY LOTTO ONLINE

You can buy tickets for Lotto and Lotto Plus at local National Lottery retailers and via SMS, but you may also purchase them from the comfort of your home via the Ithuba website. The first thing you should do is to register on the Ithuba website or by sending your name and ID number via SMS or via the USSD string. As soon as you sign up, your virtual wallet will be created so that you can store your funds. In order to access it, you need to create a unique password.

As soon as you completed the sign-up process, you need to make a deposit which will be added to your virtual wallet, so you can proceed to choose your numbers and buy the tickets for the upcoming Lotto draw. Since the operator is not a banking institution and does not provide such services, you should expect that a fee will be charged on all your deposits and withdrawals. Further information on fee amounts and cashout limits, but also on the options of claiming the prize are explained in detail on the official operator's website.

WHY PLAY LOTTO?

If you manage to match 6 numbers you may hit the top jackpot prize in millions. The recent changes have brought a guaranteed prize payout for matching three numbers which now stands at R50 instead of sharing the prize pool between all the players who won the combination.

When it comes to Lotto Plus, the modifications include that the jackpot in the extra chance game keeps on rolling over until it is won. Until recently, the jackpot was rolling down so the changes have made this game more attractive to those passionate Lotto players. Besides, if you match 3 numbers in the Lotto Plus game, you are granted a fixed prize which stands at R20.

It's all about luck, so hope for the best. Your dreams may come true in a single draw, so devise your strategy and start playing Lotto and Lotto Plus as you may be the next lucky winner. Don't forget that a South African player won Lotto twice during the seven years period, which means that it is possible to hit millions at only R5 per combination. With each new combination, your odds of winning will be increased.

THE LOTTO NATIONAL OPERATOR

Republic of South Africa National Lottery is operated by the licensed operator Ithuba since 2015. The former lottery operator Gidani has tried a couple of times to reclaim the Lottery license issued by National Lottery Commission at the court, but Ithuba is the rightful holder of the National Lottery license according to the High Court, which has been recently confirmed again. The people from Ithuba claim that they are devoted to optimising the consumer experience as well as restoring faith and trust in the National Lottery. Besides, they are dedicated to showcasing their positive social contribution to socio-economic development of South Africa by ethical and efficient operating of the National Lottery.