Advice for Playing the SA Lottery

Playing the SA lottery should be fun and not something that causes you stress. If you’re playing with money you can’t afford, or you’re counting on winning some money to pay your bills, it is a sign that you should stop playing and find another hobby. Below you can find some advice to help you keep your gambling under control and the signs to look out for that suggest it’s time to take a break.

Control Your Lottery Betting

Set an allowance and stick to it

First of all, you should only be gambling with money you have to spare, not the cash you need for groceries or the rent. That way, you can benefit from the entertainment of playing the lottery without the risk of getting yourself into unnecessary debt.

Second, be strict with yourself about the amount you spend on the lottery. For instance, you can give yourself a weekly or monthly allowance. Once you've hit the limit for the specified time period, do not allow yourself to spend more money to chase the jackpot.

If you do manage to win some money, then feel free to use it to buy more lotto tickets if you wish. So long as you don't go over the initial amount spent, then you're good to go.

Be aware of how gambling affects your mental state

We're all human, so of course, the outcome of something we're invested in can have an effect on our mental state. It's a given that if you win the lotto you'll feel happy, and if you lose, you'll feel sad and disappointed.

However, if you find your emotions are extreme and playing the lottery dominates your thoughts, it can be a sign of a gambling problem. This doesn't just apply to positive thoughts; it applies to negative ones too.

When you're gambling, you need to view it as buying entertainment. When that entertainment eats up your life, then it's as serious as any other type of addiction. If you find yourself in that state, you may want to consider getting help and taking a break from playing the lotto, or even quitting altogether.

Track your wins and losses

Playing the lottery is a relatively inexpensive form of entertainment, but if you get too deep the costs can add up quicker than you think. As the cost of an individual ticket is low, you might not realise how much money you’re actually spending.

Set up a balance sheet to keep track of how much money you’re spending on the lottery and how much prize money you win. This will make it much clearer to you how much you’re actually spending, and it will help you stick to any allowances you have set. 

Don’t chase losses

You should always near in mind that you’re never guaranteed to win a prize when playing the lottery. If you buy 10, 20, or even 100 tickets, there’s a chance that you may not win a cent. On those occasions when you don’t win, don’t go out and buy even more tickets to try and make your money back, as you could just end up losing even more. Costs can easily spiral out of control this way.

To reiterate, playing the lottery should be fun, so if you find yourself trying to get back the money you’ve spent on tickets, it’s a sure sign that you should take a break from playing.

Good Luck Playing the South Africa Lottery!

So there you have it: some tips and advice on playing the South Africa lottery. Now that you're armed with some extra information, this should hopefully increase your chances of hitting the jackpot.

Remember that playing the lottery should be fun; if you feel like your gambling is getting out of hand, take a small break. Otherwise, good luck!

If you're ready to test your luck, then buy some lotto tickets now.