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National Lottery Raffle

The National Lottery Raffle is a game that gives players the chance to win both cash and luxury non-cash prizes simply by having their unique ticket number drawn from a pool of entries, rather than having to match numbered balls as in a traditional lottery. Raffle draws are operated by ITHUBA, the same organisation that runs games like Lotto and Powerball, but are independent of the existing lottery draws.

When is the Next Raffle Draw?

National Lottery RAFFLE5 - Win a Mercedes-Benz

The next raffle - known as RAFFLE5 – will take place on 10 January 2020. Ticket sales opened on 20 October 2019 and will close at 20:30 SAST on the night of the draw, with the Raffle taking place at 21:00.

See the Results page soon after the draw takes place to see if you are a winner.

How to Play

Tickets for the 2019 Raffle can be purchased from authorised retailers at a cost of R50 each and there will be 500,000 tickets on sale for this year’s draw. Players may only spend a maximum of R2,000 on tickets, limiting everyone to 40 entries at the most.

Each Raffle ticket has a unique, randomly generated code printed on it, with prize winners selected from the pool of tickets entered. For this reason, the prizes for each draw will always be won — it is not possible for prizes to roll over like in regular lotteries. Players can choose the number of Raffle tickets they would like to purchase, but they cannot specify the Raffle code numbers that will be printed on their tickets. Sales close when the last code available has been purchased.

Prizes and Odds of Winning

The prizes vary from draw to draw and usually include a luxury reward such as a car or a home, as well as cash prizes. The top prize for the 2019 Raffle will be a brand new Mercedes Benz C200 Cabriolet; 10 of these cars will be won. There will also be cash prizes worth a total of R4.7 million, split between 2,335 winners.

The odds depend on how many tickets are sold, and how many prizes are available. For the 2019 Raffle, the draw may be postponed if not all of the 500,000 available tickets have been sold by the scheduled draw date. The following table shows the prizes for the draw on Friday 10 January 2020:

Prize Number of Prizes Odds of Winning Prize Tier Value Percentage of Prize Pool
Mercedes-Benz C200 Cabriolet 10 1 in 50,000 R7.79 million 62%
R50,000 20 1 in 25,000 R1 million 8%
R10,000 155 1 in 3,226 R1.55 million 12%
R1,000 2,160 1 in 231 R2.16 million 18%
Total 2,345 1 in 213 R12.5 million 100%

Previous Raffle Prizes

The prizes for the 'Home Sweet Home' Raffle on Saturday 29 December 2018 were as follows:

Prize Number of Prizes Odds of Winning Prize Tier Value Percentage of Prize Pool
Home Worth R2 million 6 1 in 83,333 R12 million 96%
R10,000 50 1 in 10,000 R500,000 4%
Total 56 1 in 8,929 R12.5 million 100%

These were the prizes for the draw on Saturday 30 December 2017:

Prize Number of Prizes Odds of Winning Prize Tier Value Percentage of Prize Pool
Mini Cooper convertible 25 1 in 60,000 R9.125 million 60.8%
R10,000 300 1 in 5,000 R3 million 20%
R2,500 1,150 1 in 1,304 R2.875 million 19.20%
Total 1,475 1 in 1,017 R15 million 100%

The prizes won in the Raffle on 27 May 2017 were:

Prize Number of Prizes Odds of Winning Prize Tier Value Percentage of Prize Pool
R1 million 12 1 in 166,666 R12 million 57.14%
R100,000 30 1 in 66,666 R3 million 14.29%
R10,000 500 1 in 4,000 R5,000,000 23.81%
R1,000 1,000 1 in 2,000 R1,000,000 4.76%
Total 1,542 1 in 1,297 R21 million 100%

The prizes won in the Raffle on 30 December 2016 were:

Prize Number of Prizes Odds of Winning Prize Tier Value Percentage of Prize Pool
Mercedes-Benz C-Class Cabriolet 15 1 in 133,333 R10,347,330.15 49.63%
R100,000 45 1 in 44,444 R4,500,000 21.59%
R10,000 500 1 in 4,000 R5,000,000 23.98%
R1,000 1,000 1 in 2,000 R1,000,000 4.8%
Total 1,560 1 in 1,282 R20,847,330.15 100%

How to Claim Raffle Prizes

Following the Raffle draw, players can check to see if they’ve won a prize either by scanning their Raffle ticket at a participating retailer’s terminal, or by checking the results online. Winners have 365 days to come forward and claim prizes.

Prizes of R1,000 can be claimed from any participating retailer. Prizes of R10,000 should be redeemed at an authorised National Lottery payment centre, whilst R100,000 awards and non-cash prizes such as cars the must be claimed from one of ITHUBA’s National Lottery regional offices.