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National Lottery Raffle

The National Lottery Raffle is unlike any other game as it can give you the chance to win luxury non-cash prizes, such as cars and even houses. A number of prizes are offered with each edition of the game and they are all guaranteed to be won. Raffle draws are special events and are not scheduled for any particular date; they are instead usually held to mark big occasions such as Christmas.

The next National Lottery Raffle is scheduled to take place on 10 January 2020. Known as Raffle5, it was launched in October 2019. The top prize is a Mercedes-Benz C200 Cabriolet and there are ten to be won, along with cash prizes worth over R4.7 million.


The Raffle is simple to play, as you don’t have to pick your numbers like in a traditional lottery; you just have to purchase a ticket to be in with a chance of winning. Follow the steps below to play in-store or online:

Online

Your Raffle entries will be saved in your online account.

In-Store

The Raffle can also be played via alternative channels such as RA Cellular or A2PAY. Go to the How to Play page for more information about the various entry methods.

You can play until half an hour before the draw is held or until all the tickets have been sold. The cost of the Raffle may change with each draw, as may the number of tickets available. There will be 500,000 tickets available for the 2019 edition, and each player can purchase up to R2,000 worth of entries.

Tickets will show a seven-digit number that is unique to your entry, and they are sold in sequential order. It is not possible to pick your own numbers.

Prizes and Odds of Winning

The prizes are different in every Raffle, but they are not always cash payouts like in other lotteries. Since the Raffle started, the National Lottery has given away cars and houses worth a certain value, as well as smaller cash prizes.

The prizes on offer in the 2019 Raffle are:

2019 Raffle Prizes and Odds
Prize Number of Prizes Odds of Winning* Prize Division Value Percentage of Prize Pool
Mercedes Benz C200 Cabriolet 10 1 in 50,000 R7.79 million 62%
R50,000 20 1 in 25,000 R1 million 8%
R10,000 155 1 in 3,226 R1.55 million 12%
R1,000 2,160 1 in 231 R2.16 million 18%
* There are 500,000 tickets available for this raffle, making the overall odds of winning a prize 1 in 213

To win a prize, your seven-digit number must match one of the winning tickets randomly selected in the Raffle. All seven digits must match in the exact order.

The prizes are guaranteed to be won because only tickets that have been sold are entered into the Raffle. The number of prizes that will be offered varies, but this will always be announced in advance.

You must claim any Raffle prizes you win within 365 days of the draw. If you win the top prize of the Mercedes Benz C200 Cabriolet you must claim the prize within 30 days of the draw date; if you do not claim within this period there will be a waiting period of 180 days to receive the prize.

Visit the How to Claim page for more information about what to do if you win.

SA Raffle History

Millions of rand in cash and dozens of luxury prizes have been given away since the National Lottery Raffle was first played in December 2016. See what prizes were available in previous editions of the Raffle.

Saturday 29 December 2018

Six players received R2 million to spend on new homes, while there were also 50 players who won R10,000 each.

2018 Raffle Prizes and Odds
Prize Number of Prizes Odds of Winning* Prize Division Value Percentage of Prize Pool
Home worth R2 million 6 1 in 83,333 R12 million 96%
R10,000 50 1 in 10,000 R500,000 4%
* There were 500,000 tickets sold for this raffle, making the overall odds of winning a prize 1 in 8,929

Saturday 30 December 2017

Twenty-five winners each took home a Mini Cooper Convertible in the second Raffle of 2017, part of a total prize pool worth R15 million.

December 2017 Raffle Prizes and Odds
Prize Number of Prizes Odds of Winning* Prize Division Value Percentage of Prize Pool
Mini Cooper convertible 25 1 in 60,000 R9.125 million 60.8%
R10,000 300 1 in 5,000 R3 million 20%
R2,500 300 1 in 1,304 R2.875 million 19.2%
* The overall odds of winning a prize were 1 in 1,017

Saturday 27 May 2017

A Raffle on 27 May 2017 offered a jackpot of R1 million to each of 12 winners, and a total prize fund of R21 million, the most ever given away in a single Raffle draw.

May 2017 Raffle Prizes and Odds
Prize Number of Prizes Odds of Winning* Prize Division Value Percentage of Prize Pool
R1 million 12 1 in 166,666 R12 million 57.14%
R100,000 30 1 in 66,666 R3 million 14.29%
R10,000 500 1 in 4,000 R5 million 23.81%
R1,000 1,000 1 in 2,000 R1 million 4.76%
* The overall odds of winning a prize were 1 in 1,297

Friday 30 December 2016

The first ever National Lottery Raffle offered 15 brand new Mercedes’, each worth nearly R700,000. There was also over R10 million in cash given away.

May 2017 Raffle Prizes and Odds
Prize Number of Prizes Odds of Winning* Prize Division Value Percentage of Prize Pool
Mercedes-Benz C-Class Cabriolet 15 1 in 133,333 R10.3 million 49.63%
R100,000 45 1 in 44,444 R4.5 million 21.59%
R10,000 500 1 in 4,000 R5 million 23.98%
R1,000 1,000 1 in 4,000 R5 million 4.80%
* The overall odds of winning a prize were 1 in 1,282

FAQs

If you need to know anything else about the Raffle, including when the next one is due to be held or how much tickets cost, see the frequently asked questions below.

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+ When is the next Raffle?

The date of the next National Lottery Raffle has been announced as 10 January 2020. Ten players will each win a Mercedes-Benz C200 Cabriolet as the top prize.

+ How much does it cost?

The cost of a ticket for the 2019 Raffle is R50.

+ What is the jackpot worth?

The top prize in the 2019 Raffle is one of 10 Mercedes Benz C200 Cabriolets. Previous prizes have included houses and millions of rand in cash.

+ Can I play the Raffle from overseas?

The Raffle is only available to permanent residents of South Africa or people with a South African work permit who are situated in the country.

+ Can I choose my own numbers?

No, you cannot choose your numbers for the Raffle, as each entry has to be unique. Tickets are individually numbered and sold in sequential order.

+ How many tickets can I buy?

You can buy a maximum of R2,000 (including VAT) worth of Raffle tickets. As the ticket price changes with each Raffle, the exact number of tickets you can buy each time will vary.

Raffle Rules

Make sure you know the rules of playing before you purchase a ticket for the Raffle to avoid any issues when it's time to claim a prize.