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The history of the Ithuba National Lottery

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The South African Lotto is still the most popular of all the raffle games in the country, even though the SA Powerball started to become more and more popular just recently. While the National lottery only has a history of less than two decades in South Africa, it gained popularity fairly quickly, so today, there are several games to choose from - this article mainly focuses on the Lotto game though.

The history of the Ithuba National Lottery

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In was only in the March of 2000 when the National lottery was introduced to South Africa by Uthingo, and it only took a massive marketing campaign to sell more than 800,000 tickets on the first day they were made available. After that, people spent some R70 million on the lottery tickets in the first three weeks.

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The Lotto was so popular that two years later another game, the Keno had its debut, and then in the end of 2003, the Lotto Plus game was launched. The lincence of the National lottery games went through many operators, and they were awarded to the current operator - Ithuba - in 2015.

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In the Lotto game, players need to pick six numbers out of the 52 that are on the ticket, yet, there's also a way to pick random numbers if wished, which means that the players' tips will be automatically generated. This is ideal for those who don't have their own "lucky numbers", and wish to make the whole process of ticket buying a little bit faster.

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To win at least a small prize, players need to make the minimum of three good guesses, and the more numbers they guessed right, the bigger the amount of money won will be. If nobody wins the jackpot, then the fund goes to the next week's fund, which makes it possible to have appealing prizes.

Anita Diós