The South African Lottery was founded March 2, 2000. The first LOTTO draw was played March 11, 2000.
The National Lotteries Board is responsible for the National Lottery. The National Lotteries Board has its games operated by the company Gidani Ltd, meaning Gidani Ltd is the servicing company for the lottery players.
The South African Lottery plays with a field of 49 balls, having six correctly tipped numbers win the jackpot. In addition to LOTTO, you can play LOTTO Plus, which gives you an extra chance of winning the lottery. The prize monies are paid out in South African Rand
The National Lottery headquarters and the headquarters of the Gidani Ltd are in Midrand, Johannesburg.
The National Lottery retailers can be found in every supermarket, post office and quick market store. Just look for the National Lottery sign. The game of LOTTO is restricted to persons of 18 years and older only.
The South African National Lottery is played every Wednesday and Saturday evenings. You can place your lottery bet every day of the week, until half an hour before the draw. Winning bets can be claimed earliest the next morning after the draw.
The South African Lottery costs R 2.50 (VAT included) for one bet of 6 numbers. The LOTTO Plus bet, costs an additional R1.
Should a winning bet not be claimed 365 days after the draw, 50% of the money goes to the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund (NLDTF).
The National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund is managed by the Lotteries Board and invests the lottery monies in reconstruction and development programs in South Africa. Every week the National Lotteries operator feeds this fund with an average of 30% (since the beginning of the South African National Lottery) of the post tax profit.
The South African Government decided 2002 that these programs are to include charities, culture and national heritage, as well as sports and recreation.
Gidani Ltd too, sees itself in a position of social responsibility and supports programs against HIV/AIDS, against crime in South Africa, against poverty in South Africa, employment creation and women’s development.
Apart from the 6 out of 49 game the South African National Lottery also offers LOTTO Plus and scratch cards in many varieties. LOTTO Plus is an additional draw that can only be played when playing LOTTO.
Winning Divisions and Probabilities:
The South African Lottery has seven winning divisions for both LOTTO and LOTTO Plus:
1st: 6 Correct Numbers — 1 in 14 Million
2nd: 5 Correct Numbers + Bonus Ball — 1 in 2.3 Million
3rd: 5 Correct Numbers — 1 in 55 thousand
4th: 4 Correct Numbers + Bonus Ball — 1 in 22 thousand
5th: 4 Correct Numbers — 1 in 1 thousand
6th: 3 Correct Numbers + Bonus Ball — 1 in 800
7th: 3 Correct Numbers — 1 in 61
South African Lottery Records:
The biggest jackpot ever played for in the history of the South African National Lottery was R44 million on February 15, 2003. Four players shared the Jackpot having each of them win R11 175 032.
The highest payout ever to go to an individual player was R30 352 465 on November 16, 2005.
The highest amount of players to win the same jackpot was 33. On March 15, 2003 numbers 23, 25, 27, 29, 31, 33 rolled out and every winner received merely R111.901.