Pick 3 - Frequently Asked Questions

Question: When do Pick 3 draws take place?
Draws for the South Africa Pick 3 are held daily at 8pm.

Question: When do Pick 3 ticket sales end?
Pick 3 tickets from an authorised retailer in South Africa must be bought by 7:30pm to be eligible for the upcoming draw.

Question: How do I win a Pick 3 prize?
There are six different ways a player can enter a Pick 3 draw. Bets include a Straght, Mix (3-Way), Mix (6-Way), Front Pair, Split Pair and Back Pair, and players have to pick three numbers between 0 and 9 to enter.

To win a Straight bet, players must pick one number from each of the three fields - e.g. 123 - and match them in exact order.

To win a Mix (3-Way) bet, players must pick one number from each field where two numbers are the same, e.g. 112, and match them in any order.

To win a Mix (6-Way) bet, players must pick one number from each field and match them in any order.

To win a Front Pair bet, players must pick one number from field one and one number from field two - e.g. 12x - and match them in exact order.

To win a Spilt Pair bet, players must pick one number from field one and one number from field three - e.g. 1x3 - and match them in exact order.

To win a Back Pair bet, players must pick one number from field two and one number from field three - e.g. x23 - and match them in exact order.

Question: How much does a Pick 3 ticket cost?
Bets can be placed on the Pick 3 for R3, R5, R10 or R20, and players can select their own numbers or use a Quick Pick option. Tickets can be bought from any existing National Lottery outlet.

Question: When do Pick 3 prizes expire?
Pick 3 prizes have to be collected within 365 days of the date of the winning draw.

Question: Are Pick 3 winnings taxed?
South African nationals are not liable for tax on a lottery win, but are advised to declare their winnings to the South African Revenue Service.

Question: What is the biggest Pick 3 prize?
The most a player can win playing Pick 3 is R10,000 if they choose a Straight bet and put on the maximum bet of R20. Prizes start at R150, awarded to those who bet R3 on Front Pair, Back Pair or Split Pair bets.

Question: Does the Pick 3 have a rolling jackpot or rollover?
No.