Ever since the sudden appearance of the global pandemic, there have been many changes to the way South Africans go about playing the lottery. More and more lottery players buy their tickets online or via their banking app. Initially, this was to take safety measures and avoid shopping at retail stores, or during lockdown when the market shut down. But even now, when lottery retailers are up and running, South Africans have realized the convenience of playing the lottery remotely andcontinue to do so.
A case in point was the recent winner of a double jackpot resulting from a Lotto Plus draw. A 57 year old geologist from Gauteng bet twice on the same numbers for the April 14thdraw, and was the only winner. To the man’s delight, he took home a total of R803,434.20 from the Lotto Plus 1 jackpot.
The man, who preferred to keep his identity anonymous, used a banking app and chose his numbers manually.The winning numbers were 3, 7, 13, 31, 34, 49 and bonus number 50. Ithuba, South Africa’s official National Lottery operator, was on hand to congratulate the winner.CEO, Charmaine Mabuza said: “Using numbers that he had randomly selected, the lucky player betted on the same numbers twice and bagged the full Plus 1 jackpot amount.
The lucky winner was absolutely thrilled with this life-changing sum of money won and already declared plans for his windfall. He said that he was “extremely happy” to learn that he had won the Lotto jackpot. The money will be used to pay off debts. He is also currently building a house for himself and his wife and a small portion of the winnings are earmarked towards the completion and furnishing of the house. “I plan on investing the balance of my winnings to have savings available for a rainy day,” said the wise winner.
Mabuza also pointed out the fact that more and more people are buying their lottery tickets online and via banking apps.
“Our approach has always been one that is innovative and technology driven,” said Mabuza. “Since taking over as the operator in 2015, we have moved with the times and utilised technology as one of the best tools to help us fulfil our mandate and elevate the South African National Lottery to a world-class standard.”
Lotto Plus, introduced to South African players in November,2003, is one of the many products offered by the South African National Lottery. Lotto Plus 1 is exactly the same as the Lotto game but gives players a second chance to win. When buying a Lotto ticket, players need to pay an extra R2.50 per board, and this will entitle them to enter the Lotto Plus 1 draw.
The odds of winning the jackpot are the same as the Lotto jackpot, although the prizes are slightly lower. The odds of winning any prize are 1:72. Lotto Plus draws are conducted on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 20:56. Players need to be 18 years or older to play Lottery games in South Africa. Tickets can be bought in person at approved retailers, or online to people who have ABSA, FNB, Nedbank and Standard Bank accounts, or those who have registered at the Ithuba website.