South African Lotteries - Best Guide Online

When playing on theLotter Kenya, you can choose from three South African lotteries you can safely play from home. Before deciding on which of these rewarding and exciting lotteries you want to play, take a look at our South Africa lotto guide for details on draw dates, tax information, and odds of winning.

What Makes South African Lotteries So Special?

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The South Africa National Lottery launch event, in 2002, was a complete success. It sold R70 Million (around.€4,376,645) worth of tickets within the first few weeks. Since then, the country’s lottery scene has increased and it currently offers 8 exciting and very attractive lotteries.

Studies have shown that a staggering 7 out of 10 South Africans buy lottery tickets every day. The popularity of South African lotteries is most likely due to the impressive jackpots they regularly boast. The ticket price is another positive aspect, as the South African lotto tickets are very affordable. There are many secondary prize divisions in these lotteries, so players have great odds of scooping a prize.

Which South African Lottery is the Easiest to Win?

Initially, it looks like South Africa Daily Lotto is by far the easiest lottery to win since it has a 1 in 376,992 chance of taking home the jackpot. However, if you are interested in the lottery that has the best jackpot value-to-odds ratio, then South Africa Lotto is the one for you.

Although it has lower odds of 1 in 20,385,520, this lottery awarded some of the highest jackpots in South Africa! If you compare it to South Africa Powerball’s jackpot odds (1 in 42,375,200) whose prizes are just a bit higher, this fan-favourite offers you an irresistible combination!

Which Are the 5 Biggest South African Lottery Jackpots?

Lucky players won some incredible jackpots with South Africa National Lottery over the last ten years! In our table you can see the 5 biggest jackpots ever won in South Africa:

Date Lottery Jackpot Winner

February 19, 2019

SA Powerball

R232,331,750

One ticket bought in Cape Town

July 3, 2018

SA Powerball

R145,469,799

One ticket purchased in Evander, Mpumalanga

January 27, 2018

SA Lotto

R110,000,000

4 winners who received R27.5 million each

November 3, 2011

SA Powerball

R102,016,595

One ticket bought in Bloemfontein, Free State

February 12, 2010

SA Powerball

R91,068,427

One ticket purchased from Western Cape

Do Lottery Winnings Get Taxed in South Africa?

The answer is negative! Unless you are a professional gambler, South Africa lottery prizes are paid tax-free, so you will get the full amount. Please note that although at the moment the South African lotteries come tax-free, this may change in the following years.

Local legislators have made some proposals to change the laws and set a tax on gambling in the future. They want to place a 6% tax on online gambling, 1% tax on casino revenue and a 15% withholding tax on gambling winnings over R25,000. Currently, the National Lottery winning are considered capital, so no taxes apply. You should take advantage of the tax-free policy while it still lasts!

Can Foreigners Play South African Lotteries?

Yes! Kenyans can safely play South African lotteries (as well as over 50 international games) by getting their lottery tickets online on theLotter Kenya. You can play the country’s most popular lotteries such as the South Africa Lotto, the SA Powerball, and, the newest addition, the South Africa Daily Lotto!

Which South African Lotteries Can You Play on theLotter Kenya?

⭕ South Africa Lotto

South Africa Lotto is the oldest lottery in the country, and it remains the ultimate fan-favorite! The fact that 82% of the country’s population takes part in this lottery’s bi-weekly draws shows you just how major it is! South Africa Lotto quite recently offered the country’s third largest jackpot worth R110,000,000 (around. €7 Million)!

How Does South Africa Lotto Work?

Players need to choose 6 numbers from a range of 1 to 52. In addition, every time you participate in a draw, you automatically receive a Bonus Ball which is chosen along with the main ones during the draw. South Africa Lotto has a total of 8 prize divisions, 4 of which qualify for boosted winnings when matching the Bonus Ball! Head over to our South Africa Lotto results page to see if you won any prizes.

Prize Match

Prize 1

6

Prize 2

5+1

Prize 3

5

Prize 4

4+1

Prize 5

4

Prize 6

3+1

Prize 7

3

Prize 8

2+1

The lotto company advertises an estimated jackpot based on the expected ticket sales for each draw. When no ticket matches the winning numbers, the jackpot rolls over and the amount is distributed to the prize pool for the following jackpot.

South Africa Lotto holds its draws on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 20:56 SAST.

⭕ South Africa Powerball

The American giant, the US Powerball, was adapted and transformed to match the specific of the country and, in 2009, the South African version was made available to the public. The game has already left its mark on the South African lotto industry, by awarding amazing jackpots, with the most recent reaching R232,131,750 (approx. €14.5 Million) in February 2019. At the moment, this is the biggest lotto win in South Africa.

How to Play South Africa Powerball

Just like the US Powerball, to submit a ticket to the South Africa Powerball, you have to choose 5 numbers and you could take home one of the 9 prize divisions. The South African version has a significant difference to the original US Powerball; it offers a 1 to 50 guess range instead of the US 1 to 69. This smaller range brings improved odds of winning the South African version.

To take home the South Africa Powerball jackpot you need to match the 5 main numbers and the Powerball selected in the draw. If you are not lucky enough to get the jackpot, you could still win one of the secondary prizes. Make sure you check the South Africa Powerball results page after the official lotto draw.

Prize Match

Prize 1

5+PB

Prize 2

5

Prize 3

4+PB

Prize 4

4

Prize 5

3+PB

Prize 6

3

Prize 7

2+PB

Prize 8

1+PB

Prize 9

0+PB

In November 2015, the odds of winning improved thanks to more possibilities of winning being added to the game format. A good example is the 0+PB prize division which means players who haven’t matched any of the main numbers but only the Power Ball, win a complimentary prize.

South Africa Powerball draws take place on Tuesday’s and Friday at 21:00 SAST.

⭕ South Africa Daily Lotto

Daily Lotto is another game South Africans love. This young lottery was launched in March 2019 and it is growing steadily as we speak. Lottery fans appreciate the amazing prizes that get scooped every day of the week, as well as the daily draws. To top everything off, this lottery comes with amazing jackpot odds of 1 in 376,992! This is a daily lottery you don't want to miss! 

How to Play South Africa Daily Lotto?

Daily Lotto offers a total of 4 prizes with a starting jackpot of around R100,000 (approx. €6,340). To submit a ticket, you need to choose 5 numbers from 1 to 36. No bonus numbers, just plain and simple fun.

Prize Match

Prize 1

5

Prize 2

4

Prize 3

3

Prize 4

2

South Africa Lotto rules clearly state that when a jackpot or secondary prize division is not won, the entire amount rolls over to the next prize tiers. This means that you could often win a boosted prize in this cool lottery. Take a look at the updated Daily Lotto results page to see if you won a prize.

South Africa Daily Lotto holds daily draws, from Sunday through Saturday at 21:00 SAST.

The Fascinating History of South African Lotteries

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In 2000, gambling was regulated and legalized in South Africa through the National Gambling Act. The first lottery was established in the same year and it became an immediate success, with more than 800,000 tickets sold within its first 3 weeks of existence.

According to a study from 2006, playing the lottery is the most popular form of gambling in South Africa with an incredible participation rate of 96.9%! This is a major industry in the country, and 34% of the revenue generated by ticket sales is directed to charities and social programs throughout the country.

Play South African Lotteries Today!

South African lotteries are stepping up their game to keep up with their US or European competitors. They offer great jackpots and have gained international popularity, so you should definitely join in. Choose one of the three South African lotteries available on theLotter Kenya and fight for a shot at winning some life-changing lottery prizes.