Since South Africans were first introduced to the South African national lottery in 2000, thousands of South Africans eagerly await the Lotto results every week. People buy tickets throughout the week and then gather around to watch the live televised draws that take place on Wednesday and Saturday nights. Those who are unable to watch the draws as they take place can also find the results of each draw in the next day’s newspaper, in stores that have lottery terminals and on the internet.
The Lotto and its related game, the Lotto Plus is very simple and affordable to play. You simply pick six numbers you think will win, take your R5.00 to the nearest lottery terminal, receive your official ticket and wait for the results. If you decide to purchase a Lotto ticket, you will also have the option of entering into the Lotto Plus draw. The Lotto Plus may not have the same amount of prize money or an equally large jackpot as the Lotto, but it is still worth paying an extra R1.50 to enter your Lotto numbers into that draw. This gives you an even better chance of winning. You can only play the Lotto Plus if you have already selected six numbers for the Lotto draw. The Lotto Plus is not an independent lottery and it is, therefore, compulsory to enter the Lotto draw before entering the Lotto Plus draw.
Each week, the South African national lottery uses a variety of different lottery machines and balls to select the six winning numbers and the bonus ball. These machines are made tamper-proof by a series of checks that are conducted on a regular basis. The balls used are also checked after every five draws. This is to make sure that the machines have not altered the size, shape or weight of the balls, especially if the balls are in the same set. An independent auditor is always present at each draw to make sure that the draw really is random and fair to all parties involved. The Lotto is a game of chance and should remain exactly that.
South African Lottery
The South African National Lottery or Lotto is a twice-weekly lottery draw that takes place on a Wednesday and a Saturday. The lottery presents players with the opportunity to pick six numbers from an available fourty-nine number, ranging from one to forty-nine. If the six numbers picked by the player matches the six numbers that are drawn, then the player has won the jackpot amount for that day. A seventh bonus number is also drawn and the player may use the bonus number to make up their six winning numbers. Like all lotteries, players are also rewarded if they match less than six numbers. The amounts that are available for those smaller wins vary from week to week and from draw to draw.
In addition to the main Lotto draw, there is also a second opportunity for players to win. This is known as the Lotto Plus and for a small additional fee, players may enter into a second draw. The Lotto Plus re-uses the same numbers chosen by the player for the main Lotto draw. After the main Lotto draw, the Lotto Plus draw will take place and a new set of winning numbers will be chosen. While the Lotto Plus draw does offer an extra opportunity to win, the jackpot and prizes for the Lotto Plus are usually smaller than that of the main Lotto draw. With regard to the Lotto Plus draw, it is important to note that players may not enter the Lotto Plus draw on its own – they must first have entered the main Lotto draw.
Lotto tickets cost R5.00 per six selected numbers with an additional fee of R1.50 being added if the player chooses to enter those same numbers in the Lotto Plus draw. Lottery tickets are sold at lottery terminals located all around the country, usually in large supermarkets or chain stores, but smaller businesses often also have lottery terminals. Players may choose their own numbers or they can make use of the quick pick option. Here the lottery terminal will pick numbers on behalf of the player. This makes is easy for busy people to take part in the national lottery.
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