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 numbers, ranging from one to fourty-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 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 R3.50 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 quickpick 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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