Sportstake gives you the chance to win prizes by predicting the results of soccer matches from around the world. There are two different games – Sportstake 13 and Sportstake 8. Find out everything you need to know about both games here, including how to play and the prizes you can win.

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Sportstake 13

In Sportstake 13, you are required to predict the outcome of 13 soccer games. These matches are taken from a variety of leagues and competitions, including the English Premier League, Spanish La Liga, German Bundesliga and the European Champions League.

A fixture list is published twice a week: one on a Sunday showing the midweek games and one on a Thursday for the weekend fixtures. The aim of Sportstake 13 is to predict as many results as possible. You need to get at least 10 right to win a prize, and all 13 to land the top prize. You don’t need to predict the exact score, only whether it will be a win for the home team, a draw, or an away win.

How to Play

You can play online or in-store, but must make sure you enter at least 30 minutes before the start of the first fixture on the list. Here’s how to take part:

If you mark the ‘Multi-Play’ box and select at least one outcome for any of the fixtures, for example a ‘Home win’ and a ‘draw’, you will pay an additional R2 for each combination you enter. The maximum wager you can make is R2,000.


Rather than making the predictions yourself, you can just choose the ‘Propick’ option. This is a fast way of playing where your selections are generated in an instant. The predictions are partly based on statistics - taking into account previous matches between the competing teams - and partly randomised. It is not possible to play both Propick and your own selections on one betslip.

Prizes and Odds of Winning

The prize pool for Sportstake 13 is 50 percent of the money raised from ticket sales. As such, there are no fixed prizes; instead a percentage of the prize pool is allocated to each division. The following table shows the different ways to win Sportstake 13, along with the odds of winning and the percentage of the prize pool given to each division.

Sportstake 13 Prizes and Odds
Prize Division Correct Predictions Odds of Winning* Percentage of Prize Pool
1 13 1 in 1,594,323 30%
2 12 1 in 62,320 15%
3 11 1 in 5,110 20%
4 10 1 in 697 35%

If nobody predicts all 13 results correctly, the prize pool will roll over to the first division for the following game. In the unlikely event that there are no winners in any of the other divisions, the money for that particular category will be split between the prize divisions below. If nobody wins in division four, the money will roll over to the top prize for the following draw.

Sportstake 8

In Sportstake 8, you have to predict what will happen in eight football matches rather than 13. The key difference is that in Sportstake 8 you must predict both the first-half outcome and the second-half outcome of the game. For example, if you think the home team in a particular match will start well but then the away team will fight back, you may wish to predict the home team will win the first half and the away team will win the second half.

The eight fixtures to feature will be announced in advance and will include matches from South Africa, the UK, Spain, Germany, France, Italy or any other international soccer fixture that may be identified. Sportstake 8 can be played three times a week, with the exact days depending on the selected fixtures.

How to Play

It costs R2 for each entry. You can play online or in-store by following the steps below:

A valid wager consists of at least one selection per half for each of the matches. If you choose two or more outcomes for any half, you have to pay an extra R2 for each combination that is created. There is a maximum wager of R2,000.


If you decide to make your predictions via the 'Propick' option, your selections will be created automatically by the computer, using software that combines an analysis of previous soccer results between the competing teams and a random predictor. The available bet sizes for Propick are 4, 8, 16, 24, 32, 64, 128 and 256.

Prizes and Odds of Winning

You win prizes if the outcomes of the first half and the second half of the featured matches are as you predicted. You must get all 16 correct to win the jackpot, but there are also prizes for getting 13 or more right. Fifty percent of the money raised from ticket sales goes to the prize pool, and then a percentage of this prize pool is allocated to each of the four divisions. The table below shows how the prize pool is shared out, along with the odds of winning in each division.

Sportstake 8 Prizes and Odds
Prize Division Correct Predictions Odds of Winning* Percentage of Prize Pool
1 16 1 in 43,046,721 40%
2 15 1 in 14,384,907 20%
3 14 1 in 4,782,969 15%
4 13 1 in 1,594,323 25%

The top prize rolls over to the following game if there are no winners. If there are no winners in the second division, the money is split between winners in the third and fourth divisions. If nobody wins in the third division, the prize pool is allocated to winners in the fourth division. In the unlikely event that nobody gets 13 predictions correct, the prize money for the fourth division goes to the first division for the following game.


Find out everything else you need to know about Sportstake with these frequently asked questions.

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+ When is Sportstake played?

There are two opportunities to play Sportstake 13 every week. A midweek fixture list is published from Sunday at 06:00, and a weekend list is published from Thursday at 06:00.

+ How much does it cost to play?

It costs R2 for each entry, whether you play Sportstake 13 or Sportstake 8. One entry consists of a single prediction on each of the selections (13 for Sportstake 13 and 16 for Sportstake 8). It costs an additional R2 for every extra combination you create if you choose the ‘Multi-Play’ option.

+ What happens if a match is abandoned?

If a match (or half) is abandoned, cancelled, rescheduled or postponed, all selections for that match will be settled as correct, so your prediction will be marked as correct whether you put '1', 'X' or '2'.

+ How do you claim prizes?

You can claim prizes of up to R2,000 from retailers. For an amount between R2,000 and R50,000 you need to visit a post office. If you win more than R50,000, you must visit one of the National Lottery’s regional offices. Go to the page on claiming prizes for more information.