In 2019, the South African National Lottery operator, Ithuba, decided to launch a new game that offered daily jackpots and guaranteed winners. The Daily Lotto has become a hugely popular part of the South African lottery scene since it went live. The Daily Lotto is particularly simple to play and consists of just 36 numbers. One of the reasons that Daily Lotto is such a sought-after game is that Ithuba has made it very easy to win. In fact, the odds are pretty great and you have a one in seven chance of winning! This is a safe and instant way to play the lottery, without the need to wait for weekly lotto draws.
History of Daily Lotto
In early March, 2019, Ithuba announced that it would be officially launching the Daily Lotto. The first draw took place on Sunday, March 10th at 9 pm, and every evening at the same time since then. At the official launch, the corporate relations executive at Ithuba, Khensani Mabuza said that Daily Lotto was unique from the lottery’s other games in many ways. “With this game there is no jackpot rollover, every cent of the jackpot prize will be won and when there is no jackpot winner, the jackpot amount will roll down into the next prize division and be shared among all players matching 4 numbers,” she said. “There are four prizes for matching 2, 3, 4 or 5 numbers correctly. The estimated jackpots for Daily Lotto start from R100 000 and will vary depending on player participation.”
South African Daily Lotto in a Nutshell
- Daily Lotto tickets cost just R3 per game
- Each Daily Lotto slip comprises of numbers from 1 through to 36.
- There is no limit on the number of tickets you can purchase per draw.
- There is a maximum betting limit of R150 per bet slip, per player.
- You need to be 18 years of age or older to play this game.
- There is no rollover feature in the Daily Lotto.
- You can play Daily Lotto through retail shops, on the National Lottery website or through a mobile app.
- You can choose to play a Multi-Draw option which essentially allows you to play the same numbers over multiple draws.
- Draws take place every night at 9 pm, South African time.
- Draws take place every day of the year except Christmas Day.
- If there is no jackpot winner, the prizes are divided among the other lower level winners.
How to Play the Daily Lotto
- Purchase a Daily Lotto slip from any licensed South African Lottery retailer or online.
- Tickets bought at a retailer require that you get an original bet slip.
- Using a pen or pencil, you should mark your five chosen numbers (from 1 – 36).
- Pay the retailer R3 for the ticket. If you buy more than one ticket, you pay R3 per game.
- Make sure that you receive a receipt on which will be written the numbers that you chose. Check that the numbers are actually the ones that you picked.
- Write your name on the back of the slip.
- Check back after 9 pm to see if your numbers match the numbers drawn in that night’s draw.
- Quick Pick option: The Daily Lotto also allows you to skip the stage of marking chosen numbers manually on the betting slip. You can request a Quick Pick option from the retailer, where five random numbers are chosen for you.
Daily Lotto Odds
As with all lottery-type games, the Daily Lotto is a game of chance and the results are based on pure luck. However, the Daily Lotto is an appealing game because the chances of winning a prize are greater overall. This is due to the fact that there is no Rollover feature, which means that if there is no jackpot winner, the prize isn’t transferred over (rolled over) to the next draw. Instead, all that draw’s money is paid out every night. This is a great thing for lower ranked winners because if nobody manages to guess the five drawn numbers correctly, prize allocation from that level is added to the next level.
Let’s take a look at the Daily Lotto prize structure:
- Division 1: If players correctly choose all five correct numbers, they win 35.60% of the total prize fund.
- Division 2: Four correctly picked numbers win 8.20% of the prize fund.
- Division 3: Three correctly picked numbers win 16.40% of the prize fund.
- Division 4: Two correctly picked numbers win 39.40% of the prize fund.
The odds of winning depend hugely on the way the winds blow with each particular draw. Some players will find themselves winning a few hundred Rand, while in the next draw, players at the same level could walk away with a few thousand Rand. Even correctly guessing two numbers will earn you prize. Its size will depend on the number of players who win in your division and higher divisions. The less success players had in higher divisions, the more your prize will be worth.
Overall, Ithuba has estimated that there is an average of around 1:7 chances of winning a prize in this daily draw. So, while you won’t be hauling in the millions with this game, we’ve never heard of anyone who turned up his or her nose at smaller wins.
Where to Check Daily Lotto Wins
We strongly suggest that you bookmark the lottery result page on our site here. Daily Lotto Results This is a surefire way to ensure that you always remain in the loop and don’t miss out on any big wins that may come your way.
You can also see winning numbers on all the National Lottery platforms, including social media pages. The numbers are published after 9 pm every night. You can also check your tickets at participating lotto retailers, and on print and digital media platforms.
Playing Daily Lotto Online
Thanks to the fact that Ithuba has taken the National Lottery online, you can now buy tickets to any lottery game, including the Daily Lotto, from the comfort of your own home. You can either buy tickets through the official Ithuba website from your desktop computer, or through your mobile device on the lottery app.
To buy online or mobile lottery tickets, you need to create an Ithuba account and set up a virtual wallet. Sign up to your account and make sure that you have funds in your wallet with which you’ll buy your lottery tickets.
An alternative is to use the USSD method to choose the five numbers through SMS on your mobile phone.
It’s important to remember that you can use either the manual way or the Quick Pick feature when you play online (just as you would through a licensed retailer).
The advantage of playing online is that you don’t have to check your numbers. If you’re a winner, the lottery will credit your virtual wallet with your prize!