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'Which South African provinces have the most luck in winning lotto?

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We’ve done research about where all the money goes to that is won with all the Lotto and Powerball jackpots. Which provinces are the hosts of the biggest winners in South Africa? Let’s see where some of the massive pay-outs went to in the last couple of years.

The majority of record jackpots in the history of South Africa was won with SA Powerball and SA Powerball Plus.

Jackpot Amount Game - date SA province
R232,131,750.69 Powerball - 19/02/19 Goodwood, Western Cape
R145,469,799.30 Powerball - 03/08/18 Secunda, Mpumalanga
R141,343,180.95 Powerball - 23/08/19 Groot Brakrivier, Western Cape
R114,580,902.70 Powerball - 04/02/20 Roodepoort, Gauteng
R114,242,816.50 Powerball - 26/11/19 Makhado, Limpopo
R102,016,595.00 Powerball - 03/06/11 Bloemfontein, Free State
R91,068,427.00 Powerball - 12/02/10 Western Cape
R87,624,435.00 Powerball - 22/07/16 Mokopane, Limpopo
R83,853,069.85 Powerball Plus - 19/02/19 Durbanville, Cape Town
R77,710,963.20 Powerball - 09/04/19 Kroonstad, Free State

Source: Wikipedia

Only 2 of the highest jackpots in South African history were won with SA Lotto.

Jackpot Amount Game - date SA province
R27,500,000* Powerball - 27/01/18 Caledon, Western Cape
R27,500,000* Powerball - 27/01/18 Umdloti, Durban
R27,500,000* Powerball - 27/01/18 Delft, Western Cape
R27,500,000* Powerball - 27/01/18 FNB Banking Channel
R79,874,757.00 Powerball - 04/05/19 Cape Town, Western Cape

*total amount of R110,000,000.00 was won by 4 winners

Western Cape is the luckiest province with the most lotto winners!

From the information above, we conclude that the Western Cape is one of the lucky provinces with 7 winners from the Western Cape, 1 from Mpumalanga, 1 from Gauteng, 1 from KwaZulu Natal, 2 from Limpopo and 2 from the Free State.

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The table below is a summary of the winnings from each province, which confirms that Western Cape is the luckiest province with the highest amount won.

SA Province Amount of winnings
Western Cape R749,772,941.41
Free State R218,583,039.20
Limpopo R201,867,251.50
Mpumalanga R145,469,799.30
KwaZulu Natal R139,271,302.00
Gauteng R228,523,503.70
FNB Banking Channel R66,355,481.00
Eastern Cape R50,795,986.00
North West R9,209,875.00

The information below confirms that Western Cape is the proud host of massive jackpots overall. Even out of the 13 winners that didn’t make history with their winnings, but still won huge pay-outs, there were 2 from the Western Cape, 4 from KwaZulu Natal, and 3 from Gauteng.

Here is a list of some of the notable pay-outs for the Lotto and Powerball in South Africa from 2017-2019.

Jackpot Amount Game - date SA province
R38,855,481.00* Powerball - 09/04/19 Viljoenskroon, Free State
R38,855,481.00* Powerball - 09/04/19 FNB Banking Channel
R58,740,409.00 Powerball Plus - 18/04/18 Ladysmith, KwaZulu Natal
R58,672,133.92 Lotto - 12/05/18 Cape Town, Western Cape
R29,142,137.00** Lotto Plus 1 - 24/11/18 Pretoria, Gauteng
R29,142,137.00** Lotto Plus 1 - 24/11/18 Howick, KwaZulu Natal
R53,941,186.00 Powerball Plus - 01/02/19 Kempton Park, Gauteng
R50,795,986.00 Lotto - 04/11/17 Idutywa, Eastern Cape
R30,859,278.00 Powerball - 13/06/18 Pretoria, Gauteng
R9,209,875.00*** Lotto Plus 1 - 16/06/18 Marble Ray, KwaZulu Natal
R9,209,875.00*** Lotto Plus 1 - 16/06/18 Marikana, North West
R14,678,881.00 Lotto Plus 1 - 05/10/19 Cato Ridge, KwaZulu Natal
R7,829,622 Lotto Plus 1 - 31/05/19 Cape Town, Western Cape

*total amount of R77,710,962.00 was won by 2 winners

**total amount of R58,284,274.00 was won by 2 winners

***total amount of R18,419,750.00 was won by 2 winners

What are the odds of winning the South African lotteries?

Your chances of winning the Lotto in South Africa, is 1 in 20,358,520 and your chance of winning any prize is 1 in 96. You need to choose 6 numbers from 1 to 52.

The odds of winning the Powerball is 1 in 42,375,200 and your chance of winning any prize is 1 in 36. You need to choose 5 numbers from 1 to 50 and 1 PowerBall from 1 to 20. Even with so little chance of winning the Powerball, it is still the game that produces the most winners in South Africa.

Just for interest’s sake, let’s have a look at what your odds are if you play the French PowerballYou have to choose 5 numbers and 1 bonus number. Your chance of winning is 1 in 19,068,840 and your chances of winning any prize is 1 in 6. Which means means your chances of winning the French Lotto are 45% bigger than winning the Powerball in South Africa and you have a 30% bigger chance of winning anything.

With all this information, some of us might consider moving to the Western Cape. Don’t move just yet, there are still other winning provinces as well, maybe not the grand prize, but hey, a win is a win! Before you make any drastic decisions, maybe change your game and game plan first. Don’t give up trying. Take a chance whenever you are feeling lucky. You’ll never know, you might put your town and province on the list of biggest winners in the history of South Africa.