SA Lotto retail sales suspended – Online to continue

South African lotto players received some bad news over the weekend, with minister Patel declaring that the lottery is not an essential service and tickets may no longer be sold at retail stores. However the lotto will continue to draw and operate as usual, with customers encouraged to rather buy their tickets online, where you are able to bet on not just the SA lotto, but lotteries from around the world. In this post we are going to be looking at few legal bookmakers who offer online betting on the SA lotto.

How to play the SA Lottery online

Many lotto players are looking for online alternatives, now that punters are no longer able to purchase lotto tickets at retailers. Fortunately in South Africa we have a good variety of bookmakers who offer betting on both the SA lotto and various overseas lottos.

If you’re unsure if your bookie offers the lotto simply have a look to see if they have a Lucky Numbers section, you’ll find all the lotto markets there. We also have our Ultimate Betting Guide to help you get started if you aren’t too clued up with online betting. Anyway, on to our recommended lotto bookies;

World Sports Betting

World Sports Betting is South Africa’s Premier Online Sports Book. WSB seek to present a friendly, fast and secure online sports betting and lotto experience. Lotto punters are able to enjoy lotto betting from both their mobile and desktop devices, making it accessible to most with a smartphone.

WSB also offer over 250,000 Pre-Match events per month, a minimum of 200,000 Live In-Play events, 500 Lotto Draws and much more. They also have 100% deposit match bonus for new customers, and a R50 free sign on bonus. Visit WSB today to start betting on the SA lotto, or check out our WSB Review for more information.


Betway Lucky Numbers allow their customers to place bets on the outcomes of a wide range of international betting markets. Register an account now and start betting on a full range of international lottery markets, including the SA lotto.

Lucky Numbers embrace of the internet has not only expanded the game’s popularity but has altered the way the game is played, won, and experienced. With great change comes new innovation and therefore new features and products. Betway offer a good solid Lotto experience on many lotto’s world wide, and new customers get a free R25 bonus when signing up. Visit Betway today to start playing lucky numbers.


Hollywoodbets are one of the most famous bookmakers in South Africa and have been offering online lucky numbers and lotto betting for several years. It’s quick and easy to register an account to start betting on the lotto, and you’ll get a free R25 bonus which you can claim within 24 hours of signing up.

They offer a great selection of local and international lotto markets, and you can find out more about them in our Hollywoodbets Review.

National Lotteries Commission Statement

The National Lotteries Commission (NLC) is the regulator of lotteries and sports pools in
South Africa as stipulated in the Lotteries Act (No 57 of 1997, as amended). This
responsibility aims to ensure that the National Lottery and Sports Pools are conducted with all
due propriety and that the interests of every participant are protected.
The NLC would like to advise all South Africans that:

1. The National Lottery is not an essential service.
2. The sale of National Lottery tickets at retail terminals is prohibited during the national

Measures adopted by the National Lottery Operator, ITHUBA, during the lockdown period will
be strictly monitored by the NLC. Source.

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