South Africa Lotto

Established in 2000 and operated by Ithuba since 2015, South Africa Lotto draws offer huge jackpots twice weekly, on Wednesday and Saturday. Tickets can be purchased online or in person from an authorised retailer, with players either choosing their own numbers or opting for a random selection of balls, called a “Quick Pick” ticket.

There are seven prize tiers in South Africa Lotto in total, ranging from a guaranteed R50 for matching three balls, to the jackpot, which is worth 60.1% of the total prize fund and is won by matching all six main numbers.

South Africa Lotto Draws

South Africa Lotto draws are held every Wednesday and Saturday at 9:00pm SAST. Tickets can be purchased up until 8:30pm on the day of each draw, however the closing time for tickets purchased via concierge service may be up to three hours earlier, so be sure to visit the Tickets page for the most up-to-date information.

Draws can be watched live from 9:00pm on SABC 2. Alternatively, players can find results for Lotto draws both past and present online.

How to Play and Win South Africa Lotto

Lotto costs R5 per play, with participants choosing six numbers from 1 to 49 and attempting to match as many of them as possible with the numbered balls drawn on the night.

During the draw itself, six main balls are selected at random, followed by a seventh ball, called the Bonus Ball. The more numbers a player matches, the larger their prize, with a plethora of cash amounts on offer depending on the number and combination of balls matched. Visit the Prizes section to learn more about the cash prizes available in Lotto.

If no one matches all six main numbers drawn, then the jackpot prize rolls over to the next draw. There is no limit to the number of times this can happen, meaning that the jackpot can grow to gigantic amounts.

To date, the largest South Africa Lotto jackpot to be won was on Wednesday, 24th April, 2013, when two ticket-holders shared a spectacular R58.3 million between them. The biggest jackpot won by a single person, meanwhile, was on 8th March, 2006, when a solitary player matched all six numbers to claim the top prize of R34.2 million.