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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 2019 National Lottery Raffle is scheduled to launch on 20 October. Come back soon to find out when you can buy tickets and when the Raffle draw is due to take place.


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.

The minimum ticket sales period is 60 days, so the date of the next Raffle will be announced at least that far in advance. 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 are a limited number of tickets on sale for each Raffle.

Tickets will show a seven-digit number that is unique to your entry, and they are sold in sequential descending 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.

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.

The odds of winning depend on how many tickets are put up for sale and how many prizes are offered. The following table shows what you could win in the most recent Raffle on 29 December 2018:

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

You must claim any Raffle prizes you win within 365 days of the draw. 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 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 not been announced yet, but there must be at least one per year so the next one will take place before the end of 2019.

+ How much does it cost?

There is not set ticket cost - it can change with each edition of the Raffle. Tickets have previously cost between R25 and R50.

+ What is the jackpot worth?

Raffle prizes change each time and the top prize is not always a cash payout. Cars and even houses have been offered as the top prizes in previous draws.

+ 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 sequentially in descending order, so ticket number 1 will always be the last one sold.

+ 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.