Lotto FAQ

Question: When do Lotto draws take place?
Lotto draws are held twice a week on a Wednesday and Saturday night at 20.56 SAST. A full breakdown of the latest results, prizes and number of winners per prize tier is available shortly thereafter.

Question: What time do ticket sales close for upcoming Lotto draws?
Ticket sales through an offline retailer close 30 minutes before the draw and online ticket sales through the lottery ticket concierge service close approximately three hours before the draw.

Question: Does Lotto have a guaranteed minimum jackpot amount?
Once a player wins the top prize, the jackpot will reset to an estimated R1 million for the next draw and will continue rolling over until it is won.

Question: How do I win playing Lotto?
Players choose six main numbers from a pool of numbers between 1 and 52. Seven numbers are randomly drawn, with the first six acting as the main balls and the seventh acting as the Bonus Ball. The jackpot is won by matching all six main numbers drawn. If a number in a player's selection matches the Bonus Ball, and that player also matches two, three, four or five main numbers, they will win a bigger prize than if they had matched the main numbers alone. There is a fixed prize of R50 for matching three main numbers and R20 for matching two main numbers.

Question: Can I play Lotto if I do not live in South Africa?
Yes. You can buy tickets online for Lotto via online lottery servies which allows players from all over the world to buy tickets regardless of their location.

Question: If I win, how long do I have to claim my prize?
Lotto tickets are valid for one year and winnings not claimed within that period will expire, with 50 percent of the funds then transferred to good causes in South Africa. Winnings for tickets purchased through online lottery services will automatically be claimed by the agent on behalf of the ticket purchaser. This facility ensures that all winnings are claimed well within the allotted time and do not run the risk of expiring. In most cases, winnings will be paid into the player’s account for withdrawal or future ticket purchases. In the event of a high value win, a representative from the online lottery service will contact the player directly and guide them through the claims process.

Question: How old do I have to be to play Lotto?
You must be at least 18 years of age to buy Lotto tickets.

Question: Are Lotto winnings taxed?
No. However, players from outside of South Africa may be liable for tax depending on their country of residence. If in doubt, players should seek the advice of an independent tax expert.

Question: Does Lotto have a rollover limit or jackpot cap?
No. The Lotto jackpot will continue to roll over until a player matches all six main numbers drawn.

Question: When is the next Lotto draw?
Wednesday 22nd August 2018.

Question: What does the Lotto jackpot currently stand at?
R31,000,000.