Choose Your Game
About South African Lottery
The National Lottery is operated by Ithuba, to whom the licence was granted in 2015. The lottery is regulated by the National Lottery Commission, and was established in 2000.
Lottery tickets may be bought only by people of at least 18 years of age.
In the 2007 fiscal year transaction values totalled R3.972 billion, with an average of five million transactions per week. In the 2012 National lottery generated R4.7 billion in sales of Lotto and Powerball tickets.
Lotto is the most popular type of gambling in South Africa but Powerball has been the faster-growing for last years due to its high payouts.
- Players must be 18 years or older
- Tickets may be bought in person at approved retailers & banks in South Africa.
- Online purchase of tickets are only available to people who have an FNB or Nedbank bank account have registered on the South African National Lottery website and are residents of South Africa with a South African ID.
HOW TO PLAY ONLINE
All National Lottery games can be played online after registering. There are two ways of playing the lotto online.
FNB & Nedbank: LOTTO, LOTTO PLUS, PowerBall and PowerBall PLUS are available for play through the bank’s apps.
National Lottery website: LOTTO, LOTTO PLUS, PowerBall, PowerBall PLUS and SPORTSTAKE 13 are available for play through the South African National lottery website.
The PowerBall jackpot draw requires players to pick five main numbers from 1 to 45 and one ‘PowerBall’ number from 1 to 20 for an entry fee of R5 per board. Prizes may be won by matching the main numbers, with matches of the PowerBall number winning higher prizes. The top prize of the game is won by matching all five main numbers as well as the PowerBall. Draws take place on Tuesdays and Fridays on E.tv at 21:00.
After 28 November 2015, odds were as more possibilities to win were introduced. An example of the recent additions were, if the player matched only the Powerball, he or she would win money, while before, that ticket would not win anything.
The record prize for any Lottery game in South Africa was in PowerBall at R102,016,595. This prize was won in the Free State but never collected. The highest claimed prize was also from PowerBall at R91,068,427
PowerBall PLUS is exactly the same as PowerBall, but gives the player a second chance to win. When buying a PowerBall ticket, the player must pay an extra R2.50 per board to enter the PowerBall PLUS draw. Odds are the same, while prizes are usually slightly lower.
Powerball PLUS was a more recent game added by the National Lottery of South Africa and is currently the newest game. It was introduced on 28 November 2015.
Draws take place on Tuesdays and Fridays on E.tv at 21:00.
You can play the PowerBall/Powerball Plus game by choosing a Quick Pick option where the Lottery processing system randomly chooses 6 lucky numbers for you
You can manually choose your lucky number by following these easy steps.
Step 1: Find a valid PowerBall Betslip.
Step 2: Using a pen / pencil, choose 5 numbers from 1 to 45 on and 1 extra number from 1 to 20
Step 3: Take your Betslip to a teller at an approved Lottery retailer to make your payment.
Step 4: You will receive a receipt from the teller with all your chosen numbers.
Step 5: Make sure you write your name on the back of the receipt.
Step 6: Look out for the next live PowerBall Draw on Etv, Tues/ Fri at 21h00 to see if you have won.
- You can play as many boards as you want.
- You can choose a Multi-Draw option which allows you to play the same numbers over multiple draws
- A single PowerBall play will cost you R5.00 vat incl. R2.50 will be added per row for a total amount of R7.50 per row if PowerBall Plus is selected.
- Ticket sales close 30 minutes before the Draw.