Beginner’s Guide to Playing PowerBall and Lotto in South Africa with MagicLotto

Beginner’s Guide to Playing PowerBall and Lotto in South Africa with MagicLotto


Beginner’s Guide to Playing PowerBall and Lotto in South Africa with MagicLotto


Welcome to the exciting world of buying PowerBall and South African Lottery tickets in South Africa, Namibia, and other countries with MagicLotto! If you've been wondering how to play lotto or eager to try your luck at winning big, you've come to the right place. With 7 out of 10 people playing the lottery daily in South Africa, it's no surprise that the nation is gripped by lotto fever.


In this beginner's guide, we'll walk you through everything you need to know to start playing PowerBall and Lotto online with MagicLotto. We'll cover the basics of these popular South African lotteries, show you how to set up your MagicLotto account, and provide tips on choosing your lucky numbers. You'll also learn how to purchase tickets, understand prize divisions and odds, check your winning numbers, and claim your winnings. Plus, we'll share some responsible gaming practices to ensure your lottery experience remains enjoyable. So, let's dive in and discover how you can join the millions of South Africans who dream of hitting the jackpot!


Understanding South African Lotto


The South African National Lottery, operated by Ithuba National Lottery, offers a variety of exciting games for players to enjoy. The most popular among these is the South African Lotto, a thrilling game that captures the imagination of millions across the country.


How to Play South African Lotto


Playing the South African Lotto is simple and straightforward:


  1. Choose 6 numbers from 1 to 52.
  2. Each LOTTO play costs R5.00 (VAT included).
  3. You can either manually select your numbers or opt for a Quick Pick, where the lottery processing system randomly chooses the numbers for you.
  4. LOTTO PLUS 1 and LOTTO PLUS 2 are additional games that can be played alongside the main LOTTO draw for even more chances to win.




Draw Days

Draw Time


Wednesdays and Saturdays

20:56 PM on SABC 2


Tuesdays and Fridays


PowerBall Plus

Tuesdays and Fridays



Prizes and Odds


LOTTO offers eight exciting prize divisions, with overall odds of winning a prize standing at 1 in 3.77. LOTTO PLUS 1 and LOTTO PLUS 2 offer similar odds and prizes, although slightly lower than the main LOTTO draw.


When it comes to choosing your lucky numbers, it's interesting to note that some numbers are drawn more frequently than others. In South Africa, the most commonly drawn "hot" numbers are:

  • 16
  • 2
  • 8
  • 30
  • 23
  • 48

On the other hand, the least frequently drawn "cold" numbers are:

  • 52
  • 50
  • 51
  • 37
  • 10
  • 36


Whether you choose to go with the statistics or follow your gut, remember that you must be 18 years or older to participate in the South African Lotto. With draws taking place every Wednesday and Saturday, and results available at National Lottery retailers, on the National Lottery's social media pages, and on their website, it's never been easier to join in the excitement of this beloved game. So, get ready to choose your numbers, dream big, and play the South African Lotto with MagicLotto!


Getting to Know PowerBall


PowerBall is another thrilling game offered by the South African National Lottery, giving players the chance to win massive jackpots. This exciting game has captured the hearts of millions of South Africans who dream of striking it lucky.


How to Play PowerBall

Playing PowerBall is easy and straightforward:

  1. Select 5 numbers from a grid of 50 numbers (1 to 50) and an additional "PowerBall" number from a separate grid of 20 numbers (1 to 20).
  2. Each PowerBall play costs R5 (including VAT), while a single PowerBall Plus play costs an additional R2.50 (including VAT).
  3. You can choose to play a single game or multiple games, and can also opt to play PowerBall Plus for even more chances to win.




Draw Days

Draw Time


Tuesdays and Fridays

21:00 on eTV

PowerBall Plus

Tuesdays and Fridays

Follows main PowerBall draw


Prizes and Odds


PowerBall offers nine exciting prize divisions, with the top prize (Division 1) requiring a match of all 5 main numbers and the PowerBall number. If no one wins the Division 1 prize, the jackpot rolls over to the next draw, increasing the potential winnings with no cap on the number of rollovers.


PowerBall Plus has the same prize divisions and odds as the main PowerBall game, giving you an additional chance to win big for just R2.50 per board.


When you play PowerBall with MagicLotto, you can enjoy the convenience of selecting your lucky numbers online from anywhere, at any time. Plus, you'll have access to the latest draw results, lottery information, and lotto news, ensuring you never miss a beat in the world of PowerBall. So, get ready to choose your numbers, dream big, and play PowerBall with MagicLotto for your chance to become South Africa's next millionaire!


Setting Up Your MagicLotto Account


Creating a MagicLotto account is a breeze! Simply follow these steps to get started on your exciting lottery journey:


  1. Visit the MagicLotto website and click on the "Register" button.
  2. Fill in the required details, including:
    • Name
    • Surname
    • Birthdate
    • Country
    • Email address
    • Mobile number
    • Password
  3. Agree to the Terms of Service and Privacy Policy.
  4. Choose your preferred notification methods for winnings, reminders, and results:
    • Email
    • SMS
    • WhatsApp
    • Telegram
    • Signal


Once you've completed the registration process, you'll gain access to a world of thrilling lottery services:



Play Lotteries

Results & Winnings

Play Casino

Instant Win

ScratchCard Game


Table Games

Video Slots



Explore the additional features available to registered users:


  • Stories & Tools
  • News
  • Lottery Calculator
  • Download Android App
  • Download iOS App
  • Support
  • Contact Us
  • Banking
  • Lottery Taxes
  • FAQ's
  • How It Works


Rest assured that MagicLotto, operated by Reboot Internet Technology cc (South Africa) and VendPro Utilities cc (Namibia), is an independent ticket-purchasing service. While not associated with or endorsed by the companies managing the lotteries, MagicLotto provides a secure and convenient platform for your lottery needs.


When you purchase a ticket through MagicLotto, the original ticket is safely stored to prevent loss or damage. You'll also receive a confirmation email at the time of purchase, and transaction details can be viewed in your online account.


For added convenience, consider setting up a subscription to remove the hassle of betting on repeat lines and the fear of missing out on a big prize win. The subscription is open-ended and will run for as long as you desire.


How to Choose Your Lottery Numbers


When it comes to selecting your lucky numbers for the South African Lotto or PowerBall, there are several strategies you can employ to increase your chances of winning. While no guaranteed method exists, these tips can help guide your number choices:


Trust Your Instincts

  • Believe in yourself and your own picks, as this is the best strategy for success.
  • Avoid falling for the gambler's fallacy, which is the belief that one event is more likely to happen because of another preceding event. Remember, every lottery draw is an independent event.

Analyze Lotto Statistics

  • Study the statistics of commonly drawn numbers to inform your selection.
  • Consider choosing numbers that haven't been drawn for a while, as probability suggests that all numbers will eventually be drawn the same number of times.

Balance Your Number Selection

  • Pick a combination of both even and odd numbers, as drawings with all even or all odd numbers are extremely rare.
  • Similarly, choose a mix of low and high numbers to increase your chances of winning.
  • Aim for a "balanced" total sum of your chosen numbers, as studies show that in most winning drawings, the sums fall between 122 and 196.

Personal Lucky Numbers

  • Select numbers based on lucky or personal numbers, such as birthdays or anniversaries.
  • This method is less likely to be used by others, making your potential winnings more exclusive to you.

Quick Pick or Number Generators

  • Utilize quick pick options or number generators to choose your numbers without overthinking.
  • These tools can produce random numbers for you to use in future draws.




Avoid Consecutive Numbers

Don't pick consecutive numbers, as this is a common choice among players.

Buy More Tickets

Increase your chances of winning by purchasing more tickets, but always stick to your budget.

Vary Final Digits

Avoid choosing numbers that end in the same digit, as this is less likely to result in a winning combination.

Join a Lottery Syndicate

Consider forming or joining a lottery syndicate to pool resources and increase your chances of winning, but be prepared to split the prize.


Remember, while these strategies can help guide your number selection, the lottery ultimately remains a game of chance. Always set a budget for the number of tickets you can afford, and never use money meant for essential expenses like groceries or rent. Most importantly, have fun and enjoy the excitement of playing PowerBall and Lotto with MagicLotto!


Purchasing Your Tickets on MagicLotto


MagicLotto makes it easy to buy lottery tickets online for a variety of lotteries around the world, including popular games like EuroMillions, SuperEnalotto, US Powerball, and of course, the beloved South Africa Lotto. With just a few clicks, you can be on your way to potentially winning big!


To purchase your lottery tickets on MagicLotto, simply follow these steps:

  1. Select the lottery you want to play from the available options.
  2. Choose your lucky numbers manually or opt for the Quick Pick feature to have them randomly generated for you.
  3. Complete your purchase and wait for the confirmation email, which will include your selected numbers.


You can also view your chosen numbers in your MagicLotto account at any time before the draw takes place. Rest assured that MagicLotto charges the lowest commission fees for popular lotteries like EuroMillions, UK Lottery, USA PowerBall, and SuperEnaLotto, ensuring you get the most value for your money.




Cost per Board (incl. VAT)



PowerBall PLUS



When you place an order on MagicLotto, the platform uses your payment to procure official lottery tickets on your behalf. MagicLotto earns a small one-time service fee for each purchase, but never charges any commission on your winnings – so when you win, you keep all the prizes!


Important Things to Remember

  • Ticket sales close at 8:30 pm on draw days, so make sure to get your tickets before then.
  • The maximum price for a bet is limited to R2,000.00 per ticket to ensure responsible gaming.


With MagicLotto, playing the lottery is not only exciting but also incredibly convenient. So, what are you waiting for? Choose your numbers, complete your purchase, and get ready to dream big with MagicLotto!


Understanding Prize Divisions and Odds

When playing PowerBall and Lotto, it's essential to understand the various prize divisions and the odds of winning in each category. Both games offer multiple ways to win, with the jackpot being the ultimate goal for most players.

PowerBall Prize Divisions and Odds

PowerBall has nine prize divisions, each with different odds and payout percentages. The overall odds of winning a prize in PowerBall are 1 in 18. Here's a breakdown of the prize tiers and their corresponding odds:







5 numbers + PowerBall

1 in 42,375,200


5 numbers

1 in 2,230,274


4 numbers + PowerBall

1 in 188,334


4 numbers

1 in 9,912


3 numbers + PowerBall

1 in 4,280


3 numbers

1 in 225


2 numbers + PowerBall

1 in 299


1 number + PowerBall

1 in 57



1 in 35


The prize fund for PowerBall is approximately 48% of the net fund of entries into each draw. If there are no winners in a particular division, the prize money rolls over to the next draw or is allocated to lower divisions.


Lotto Prize Divisions and Odds


Lotto has eight prize divisions, with the jackpot (Division 1) requiring a match of all six numbers. The overall odds of winning a prize in Lotto are 1 in 38, slightly lower than PowerBall. To win the Lotto jackpot, players face odds of 1 in 20,358,520.


Bonus Numbers and Additional Numbers


Some lotteries, like the Irish or Austrian lotto, feature bonus numbers or additional numbers. These numbers provide players with the opportunity to win secondary prizes or increase their initial winnings. It's essential to research how these numbers work in the specific lottery you choose to play.


Choosing the Right Lottery


When deciding which lottery to play, consider factors such as the cost of entry, jackpot size, and odds of winning. Some international lotteries may offer better odds compared to larger, more popular games. Understanding the payout structure of each lottery can help you make an informed decision.

Remember, while it's tempting to choose numbers based on popular combinations or patterns, doing so may result in sharing your winnings with others who selected the same numbers. Ultimately, the lottery is a game of chance, and every combination has an equal probability of being drawn.


Checking Your Winning Numbers


Checking your winning numbers on MagicLotto is a simple and exciting process. After each draw, winners are notified through an automated email or SMS, ensuring you never miss a winning moment.


To check your lottery numbers, follow these steps:

  1. Log in to your MagicLotto account or register if you haven't already.
  2. Navigate to the "Results & Winnings" section.
  3. Check the latest numbers drawn for your selected lottery.

MagicLotto provides comprehensive results for multiple draws, including:

  • Lotto & Lotto Plus
  • PowerBall & PowerBall Plus
  • Daily Lotto


You can also explore a wide range of lotto results from popular local and international lotto draws.

Personalized Notifications


To stay updated on your favorite lotteries, set your preferences to receive email notifications when your anticipated lottery results are published. This way, you'll always be among the first to know if you've hit the jackpot!


MagicLotto Android App

For even more convenience, MagicLotto offers a free Android app that allows you to:

  • Purchase tickets for popular lottery games
  • Check the latest lottery results and winning numbers
  • Receive notifications for upcoming draws and jackpot updates


Download the MagicLotto Android App directly from their website and enjoy the thrill of playing the lottery on the go.




How to Check Results

South Africa Daily Lotto

Visit MagicLotto website > Navigate to "Results & Winnings" > Select "South Africa Daily Lotto" > Check winning numbers

PowerBall & PowerBall Plus

Visit MagicLotto website > Navigate to "Results & Winnings" > Select "PowerBall" or "PowerBall Plus" > Check winning numbers

Lotto & Lotto Plus

Visit MagicLotto website > Navigate to "Results & Winnings" > Select "Lotto" or "Lotto Plus" > Check winning numbers


Each game on MagicLotto has a dedicated "How To" section detailing how to play, and the "Results" section allows players to view the results of past draws for each game. Simply compare your chosen numbers to the winning numbers to see if you've won!

With MagicLotto, checking your winning numbers is not only easy but also exciting. Whether you prefer to check online or through the Android app, you'll always have access to the latest results and the opportunity to turn your dreams into reality.

Claiming Your Winnings with MagicLotto


When you win with MagicLotto, claiming your prizes is a simple and straightforward process. Rest assured that all winnings are paid out 100% commission-free directly to your personal MagicLotto account after the prize has been collected from the official lottery operator.


Smaller Winnings


For winnings less than R50,000, MagicLotto collects the prize on your behalf and transfers it directly into your online account. You can then choose to withdraw the funds or use them to purchase more lottery tickets.


Larger Winnings


If your winnings equal or exceed R50,000, you have two options:

  1. Personally collect the prize from the respective Lottery Operator.
  2. Have the winnings transferred directly into your bank account.


In the case of substantial winnings, such as jackpots, winners are given various options to personally collect their prize from the respective Lottery Operator. MagicLotto will assist you throughout the process to ensure a smooth and hassle-free experience.

Winning Amount

Claiming Process

Less than R50,000

MagicLotto collects the prize and transfers it to your online account

R50,000 or more

Personally collect the prize or have it transferred to your bank account


Personally collect the prize from the Lottery Operator with MagicLotto's assistance


Important Things to Remember

  • Winning tickets must be claimed within 365 days of the draw date.
  • Players must be able to claim their own tickets and sign a contract when claiming their winnings.
  • At MagicLotto, winnings are guaranteed to be paid out. Smaller prize tier payments are made directly from the total stakes collected, while larger prize tier payments are covered by insurance policies.

For more information on how to play, claim prizes, and where to claim prizes, visit the MagicLotto website. You'll also find helpful resources on taxes, biggest winners, and frequently asked questions.

With MagicLotto, claiming your winnings is a breeze. Whether you've won a small prize or hit the jackpot, our dedicated team is here to guide you through the process and ensure you receive your winnings promptly and securely. So, what are you waiting for? Play now and turn your dreams into reality with MagicLotto!

Responsible Gaming Practices

Playing the lottery should always be an enjoyable and responsible experience. MagicLotto is committed to promoting responsible gaming practices to ensure that our players have a safe and positive experience while trying their luck.

Age Restrictions

It's essential to remember that players must be 18 years old or older to participate in any lottery games. No persons under the age of 18 are permitted to bet, as stipulated by the National Lottery rules. MagicLotto carries out verification checks across all customers, insisting on documented proof of age. Should anyone under the age of 18 be found gambling, their MagicLotto account will be closed, and any winnings will be forfeited.

Responsible Gambling Resources

If you or someone you know is struggling with gambling addiction, there are several resources available to help:

  1. National Responsible Gambling Programme: Call 0800 006 008 for free and confidential assistance.
  2. South African Responsible Gambling Foundation (SARGF): Provides free treatment and counseling to those affected by problem gambling and their immediate family members. SARGF has treated more than 18,500 people over the past 18 years and offers a self-check quiz to determine whether you have a gambling problem.
  3. National Gambling Board (NGB): Advises gambling responsibly, which means not spending your grocery budget on tickets or constantly thinking about the lottery.




Contact Information

SARGF Counseling Line

0800 006 008 (toll-free) or WhatsApp 076 675 0710

SARGF Treatment Programme

24/7 counseling line, free support, information, assessment, and referral for face-to-face counseling

SARGF Industry Support and Mentorship Programme

Direct telephone support during a crisis and debriefing after traumatic events

SARGF Industry Training Programmes

Free training programmes for gambling industry operators and regulators, such as the Responsible Gambling 101 Course


Setting Limits



MagicLotto and other South African online casinos allow users to set personal deposit and/or betting limits, as well as time limits for their gaming sessions. Safer Betting at Lottoland aims to help you stay in control of your betting, ensuring you never spend more than what you can afford. They provide safer betting tools such as Deposit Limits and Self-Exclusion.

When setting your gambling budget, consider the following:

  1. Estimate your monthly income after essential expenses and contingencies.
  2. Earmark a portion of your disposable income for online gambling.
  3. When the allotted amount for the session ends, stop gambling.
  4. Set a time limit for each gaming session, keeping in mind that family, friends, and work have priority.

Remember, betting can be addictive, but winners know when to stop. The National Lottery is meant for responsible adults, and while it's a popular game in Southern Africa, some individuals may develop an addiction. By setting limits, utilizing responsible gambling resources, and prioritizing your well-being, you can enjoy the excitement of playing PowerBall and Lotto with MagicLotto while maintaining a healthy relationship with gambling.




Playing PowerBall and Lotto in South Africa with MagicLotto is an exciting and convenient way to try your luck at winning big. By understanding the basics of these popular lotteries, setting up your account, and selecting your lucky numbers, you'll be well on your way to joining the millions of South Africans who dream of hitting the jackpot. Remember always to play responsibly, set limits, and utilize the available resources if you or someone you know is struggling with gambling addiction.


With MagicLotto, you can enjoy the thrill of playing the lottery from the comfort of your own home, while also having access to a wide range of features and tools to enhance your experience. So, what are you waiting for? Sign up for your MagicLotto account today, choose your lucky numbers, and get ready to dream big! Who knows, you might just be South Africa's next millionaire.



Q: What are the steps for beginners to play Lotto?
A: Beginners can follow a simple step-by-step process to play Lotto, starting with purchasing a ticket, selecting their numbers (either manually or through a Quick Pick option where numbers are randomly chosen), and then waiting for the draw to see if their numbers match the winning ones.


Q: What is the easiest Lotto game to win in South Africa?
A: The easiest South African lottery game to win is Lotto, with odds of 20.06 million to 1, which is more favorable compared to PowerBall's odds of 42.37 million to 1. The cost of a bet is just R5, making it an attractive option for many players.


Q: How can I win the South African PowerBall or PowerBall Plus?
A: To win the first prize in SA PowerBall or PowerBall Plus, you need to match all 5 main numbers and the PowerBall. There are 8 other prize categories that you can win by matching some of the main numbers with or without the PowerBall.


Q: Can I play PowerBall on my mobile phone?
A: Yes, you can play Lotto and PowerBall on your cellphone. For example, with Absa, you would dial 1202272#, select the game you want to play, accept the terms and conditions, and then choose to either use the Quick Pick option or select your own numbers. The cost is R5.00 per board.