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A Beginner's Guide to Playing the National Lottery Online in South Africa

Published: Monday, June 11, 2018
(Updated: 19.07.2023)


This tutorial is going to guide you, step by step, through the process of playing the National Lottery online in South Africa. So let's dive right in!

Setting Up Your Account

Before you can start playing, you need to create an account on the official National Lottery website.

The first thing that you need to do before start playing, is registering your player account on the official site Register Now!.

  1. Visit the official National Lottery website and locate the 'Register' button typically found at the top right of the homepage.
  2. Click 'Register' to open the registration form.
  3. Fill in the form with your personal details - these will include your full name, South African ID number, date of birth, and contact details. Remember, you need to be at least 18 years old to play.
  4. You will also be asked to create a unique username and a secure password.
  5. After filling in the form, click on 'Submit'.
  6. You'll receive an email with a verification link. Click this link to verify your email address and activate your account.
online registration form

Congratulations! You now have a National Lottery account.

Choosing Your Lottery Game

The National Lottery offers several games, including Lotto , Lotto Plus 1, Lotto Plus 2, and Powerball . Here's how to select your game:

  1. Log into your National Lottery account.
  2. Look for a section labeled 'Play Now' or similar on the homepage.
  3. Click on it, and you'll see a list of the available games.
  4. Click on the game you wish to play. Each game has a brief description and the price per ticket, which can help you make a decision.

How to Purchase Your Ticket

Inside your dashboard, the system will ask you to deposit some money in order to play games:

lottery banking info

You can transfer money to your account with these banks:

  • ABSA,
  • FNB,
  • Standard Bank.

Now you're ready to purchase your ticket!

  1. Once you've selected your game, you'll see an option to choose your numbers. You can manually select your numbers or use the 'Quick Pick' option to have numbers randomly chosen for you.
  2. Decide how many draws you want to play. You can play just once or choose to play the same numbers in multiple future draws.
  3. Click 'Add to cart' once you're satisfied with your selections.
  4. Review your cart and proceed to checkout.
  5. You can pay using a variety of methods, including credit and debit cards. Follow the prompts to finalize your payment.
  6. Once your payment is successful, you'll receive an email confirmation with your ticket details.
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And that's it! You're now officially a player in the South African National Lottery.

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Playing online lottery is not just about winning big, it's also about being part of a community and contributing to society. Enjoy the game, but always remember to play responsibly.