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The South Africa Lotto may have only been around for the last 20 years, but the number of players have been growing steadily and this lottery now boasts a dedicated following.
At first glance, jackpots appear much lower than the global average, but the affordability of lines and multiple versions of the game still makes this a highly attractive option!
The South Africa Lotto uses a single-matrix format with a pool of a total of 52 balls. This makes it particularly easy for players, since they only need to focus on one pool of balls.
To play, you have to choose six numbers, and an additional number. If you match all six numbers, you have won the jackpot! The bonus number is a deciding factor in who will win the second prize as well as the fourth, sixth and eighth prizes.
The draws take place on Wed 19:00 & Sat 19:00.
Even though the jackpot starts at a modest R2,000,000, equating to approximately €129,000, there is an unlimited number of rollovers. In other words, the prize pool will keep growing if no one wins.
The jackpot of next draw is €900,000.
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Hot numbers are the lottery numbers that appear the most, and South Africa Lotto's hot numbers are 1,42,13,48,26,49. Cold numbers are the numbers that appear infrequently. The South Africa Lotto cold numbers are 39,52,40,5,34,17. Overdue numbers are those numbers that haven't recently appeared in consecutive draws. The numbers that are most recently overdue are 17(129 days),3(101 days),4(90 days),41(83 days),39(69 days),25(66 days). Some lotto fans choose them specifically because of this, believing that their reappearance in South Africa Lotto results is only a matter of time, while others stay clear.
At first sight, the jackpot may not seem outstanding when compared to lotteries held in other countries. However, the winnings are life-changing given the context of South Africa’s economic conditions.
Since the jackpot can rollover an unlimited number of times, this has also led to some extremely attractive prizes. In 2013, the jackpot rolled over several times and reached an impressive R35 million – which for Europeans equals €1,840,537. Not bad!
By 2018, the lottery hit a new record when the jackpot hit an outstanding R110 million – which is €7.09 million, believe it or not.
If you’re one of the lucky winners, you may be happy to find out that the South African government only pays out winnings in cash payment – which means that you get your full winnings in your pocket.
In addition, earnings are never taxed by the South African government, which is another bonus! But different countries have different tax rules, so find out what applies in your country.
Although this lottery only used to be played once per week, the lotto grew so much in popularity that the governing body added a second session so that it is now played on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
Be ready for the draw which is held in Johannesburg at 8:56 PM SAST on both evenings or 6:56 PM GMT time.