South Africa’s “Home-Sweet-Home” Raffle Gave Six Homes
Once again, ITHUBA surprised pleasantly the South African lotto lovers and organized its fourth Raffle since its takeover of the National Lottery in 2015. The lotto raffle was originally launched with the idea to give the players a chance to win luxurious rewards. Some of the most popular prizes so far have been expensive cars and lucrative cash rewards. However, according to Busisiwe Koloi the Head of Corporate Relations at ITHUBA, for 2019 the South African National Lottery wanted to give away different, yet useful rewards:
“We thought about what could be more exciting than the cars we have previously given away and to us, access to adequate housing made more sense. We understand that the needs of some winners might extend beyond lack of housing, which is why we are giving them the option of buying a less expensive house and covering the rest of their needs with what is left of the R2million prize.”
The six houses, worth R million each, however, were not the only Raffle rewards. In addition to its big prizes, the South African National Lottery decided to give away 50 more prizes of R10,000.
How to Play the South African Lottery Raffle?
The Raffle was originally launched in 2016 when the new National Lottery owner ITHUBA decided to develop a new game, which could be offered to players various times throughout the year. In order to participate in the lotto raffle, players must obtain one or more numbered tickets, each of which giving them the chance to win a prize. For example, the tickets sales for the 2019 new year lotto raffle started on October 21, 2018, and ended half an hour before the final draw on December 29, 2018. While prizes might change from one raffle to another, tickets are always put up for sale at least 60 days in advance. The draws are carried out by a random number generator, containing the numbers of all participating tickets. To guarantee the lotto raffle fairness, the process is supervised by an independent auditor. South Africans can buy their raffle tickets either from an authorized National Lottery retailer, through RA Cellular or A2Pay Channels. Bear in mind, however, that there is usually a limited supply of tickets, so the amount available per person might be capped to a certain number. The odds of winning a prize are 1 in 8,929 if all tickets are sold.
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