South African National Lottery system was founded in South Africa in 2000 and was handled by Uthingo. It got famous at the beginning with proper marketing where 800,000 tickets were purchased after they were available. Lottery tickets worth R70 million were sold out in the first three weeks.
Later, in 2002, Uthingo suggested that along with a weekly draw, a daily lottery has to be provided. This concept was famously known as Keno but was later rejected by the ministry. By the end of 2003, a new game was launched known as Lotto Plus game. This game provided with a weekly lottery only if a primary lottery ticket was purchased with a fee of R1.
Until 2015, many operators for this lottery system were rejected. In 2015, ITHUBA was responsible for the lottery system. ITHUBA introduced a quick rewarding game known as EAZiWIN which consisted of the following types: Morabaraba, Fafi Fortune, 4 Siya Wina, Popa Feela, PowerBall PlusELIGIBILITY:
PICK 3 game was introduced after PowerBall plus and was the latest game in the lottery system till it was replaced by daily lotto on 15th of March 2019. Daily lotto was introduced on 10th March 2019.
In this game, tickets have to be bought by choosing a number in the range 1-52. Players who deny choosing any number are giving a random number. This scheme is known as ‘Quick Pick’. During the drawing process, from a collection of 52 balls, six balls with specific numbers with numbers from 1 to 52. Later on, a bonus ball is drawn for players with matching balls.
Players with three matching balls out of six are awarded with prizes, while players with more matching balls get more prizes. Players with six matching balls win equal amounts from the jackpot, though the probability is considerably less. For players with four, five or six matching balls, prizes get divided based on the matching balls.
LOTTO draw has a fee of R5.00. SABC 2 hosts the LOTTO draw every Wednesday and Saturday.
Though LOTTO PLUS 1 and LOTTO are related to each other, LOTTO PLUS 1 gives players an extra chance to test their luck. To enter the LOTTO PLUS 1 game, a player has to pay an extra of R2.50 while buying a LOTTO ticket. To play this game, the same numbers have to be entered that were allotted in the LOTTO game. For the LOTTO PLUS 1, the prizes are not more beneficial than LOTTO. Even for this game, the draws are conducted on the same days as for the LOTTO game.
The LOTTO PLUS 2 gives players a third chance to test their luck. To enter the LOTTO PLUS 2 game, a player has to pay an extra of R2.50 while buying a LOTTO ticket. To play this game, the same numbers have to be entered which were allotted in the LOTTO game. The prizes of LOTTO PLUS 2 are the same as LOTTO. LOTTO PLUS 2 draws are conducted on the same days as for the LOTTO game.
A new lottery game was introduced into this scheme known as PowerBall. This game allows players to pick numbers in the range of 1 to 50 and another special number in the range 1 to 20 which was known as the ‘PowerBall’. This game has an entry fee of R5 per game. It is won by considering the matching of similar balls. Players with matching PowerBall win higher prizes. The player who has all the matching balls as well as matching the PowerBall wins the best prize of the game.
The PowerBall draws take place on E.TV on Tuesday and Friday at 21.00. The highest claimed prize in this game is R91,068,427.
This game is the latest one which was introduced in 2015. This game is alike the PowerBall, yet it gives players another opportunity to test their luck. To play, an extra fee of R2.50 must be paid while buying the PowerBall ticket. E.TV hosts the draw for this game every Tuesday and Friday.