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Win the Dream — Play the South African Lotto Games

Lotto GamesWinning on the lottery is the stuff of dreams. A big jackpot can mean instant riches, but even the smaller prizes can be life-changing amounts of money.

Imagine — as many of us have done — not having to worry about money again. Then there’s also the joy at being able to share your winnings with loved ones and friends and make a positive impact on their lives too.

You are also safe in the knowledge that your purchase is contributing to good causes in South Africa through funds distributed by the National Lotteries Board of South Africa. A generous 34% of income from the Lotto goes to them.

Everyone has their own strategies when it comes to playing the lottery, whether you go for random numbers or play the same every time. However you choose to play though, in theory you stand as good a chance as anybody else.
The South African Lotto Games
In South Africa there are three main draws you can enter: Lotto, Lotto Plus and the more recently introduced PowerBall.

For the Lotto and Lotto Plus games, seven numbers are drawn from 49 balls, with the first six being the main draw numbers and the last being the bonus ball.

In the Lotto game you have to correctly match six numbers to win the big first prize, with a rollover to the next week if no one wins. Draws take place on Saturdays and Wednesdays and tickets cost R3.50.

There are also prizes for matching five numbers and the bonus ball, five numbers, four numbers and the bonus, four numbers, three numbers and bonus and three numbers, so there are plenty of chances to win.

The Lotto Plus game gives you a second chance at winning in a second draw called after the main Lotto draw. Simply mark the Lotto Plus option on your game card to enter, and pay the additional R1.50 fee. You must use the same numbers as you used in the Lotto game.

PowerBall was launched at the end of 2009 and is very popular due to the huge jackpot prize pots that can build up. The Powerball draw is on Tuesdays and Fridays and the top prize will never be below a guaranteed R3 million. If it’s not won, the jackpot will carry over to following weeks until there is a winner. Each ticket costs R3.50. To win the jackpot you need to match five numbers plus the all-important PowerBall.

There is also of course the original US Powerball to play if you prefer, and a more in depth description of this can be found at:

How Your Money Helps Good Causes
If you want to get a good idea of how your lottery ticket money is spent, then check out the National Lotteries Board of South Africa’s website where you can find more information about beneficiaries in the charity, arts and culture and sports and recreation sectors. The annual report is also a good source of information on spending.