All About Lottery Winnings Claims in South Africa

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All About Lottery Winnings Claims in South Africa

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Playing the lottery is the most popular type of gambling in South Africa.  Every year, multiple new millionaires are created through the many games offered by the National Lottery, which has been operated by Ithuba since it was granted a license in 2015.

Ithuba, meaning ‘opportunity’, is responsible for the promotion and marketing of various games offered by the National Lottery.

It’s crazy to think that one of the country’s best-loved activities only saw the light of day in March 2000, when the National Lottery was authorized by the government!

The highest lottery win ever recorded in South Africa was R232,131,750.69, claimed by a man in his 50s. The Capetonian hit this staggering amount in February, 2019 in a Powerball draw.

Games offered by SA National Lottery

At present, the National Lottery offers 8 different games.


  • Choose six different numbers between 1 + 52
  • Numbers can be generated automatically through Quick Pick.
  • Bonus Ball is drawn for players who match 5 numbers.
  • Match at least 6 drawn numbers to win a prize.
  • Draws conducted on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 20:56 CAT.

Lotto 1

  • Same as Lotto above.
  • Offers players second chance to win.
  • Odds are the same.
  • Draws conducted as per Lotto.

Lotto 2

  • Same as Lotto and Lotto 1
  • Gives players third chance to win.
  • Odds are the same.
  • Draws conducted as per Lotto and Lotto 1


  • Choose five main numbers from 1 – 45 and one Powerball number from 1 – 20.
  • Top prize paid out for matching five main numbers and Powerball.
  • Draws take place on Tuesdays and Fridays at 20:58 CAT. Or you can also check official Powerball results on the trusted lottery results website.

Powerball Plus

  • Same as Powerball above.
  • Gives players another chance to win the Powerball.
  • Odds are the same.
  • Draws as per Powerball


  • Choose five numbers from 1 to 36
  • Numbers can be selected manually or via Quickpick.
  • Four prize pools for matching 2, 3, 4 and 5 numbers correctly.
  • Draws take place every night at 21:00 CAT

Sportstake 13

  • Predict outcomes of 13 predetermined match fixtures drawn from English and other pro soccer fixtures.
  • No multi-draw option.
  • Results are considered as final score after 90 minutes of play or extra time when applicable.


  • Instant win digital scratch card
  • Based on traditional African games
  • Examples: Popa Feela, 4 Siya Wina, Fafi Fortune, Morabaraba

How to Claim Lottery Wins

Congratulations! You’re a winner in one of the National Lottery games. You’re ready to claim your lottery winnings and start the good life!

It’s important to read the instructions when claiming your lottery win. Take advantage of the trusted resources out there to help you get the right information. ZebraCasino is a great resource for anyone who is looking to learn more about South African Lottery.

The method is determined by the amount you have won, and the way you bought your ticket. The amount of time that it takes to see the prize in your account depends on how much you won and the payment method used to pay you out.

Another important thing to remember: You have 365 days from the date of the draw to claim your prize.  If it’s not claimed, the National Lottery will allocate 50% to the National Lottery Distribution Fund. The other half will be put back into the kitty.

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