Why international lotteries are popular in South Africa

When the American Powerball lottery offered a record jackpot prize of $1.58-billion in January 2016, Americans who had never previously purchased a lottery ticket rushed to the nearest retailer to ensure their participation in the draw. The National Lottery’s Powerball, as popular as it may be locally, will never offer a prize that huge, yet South Africans undoubtedly share dreams of lottery riches.

The American Mega Millions jackpot currently stands at $283-million (R3.85-billion). South Africans may fantasise about winning that life-changing amount of cash, but travelling to the United States to purchase Mega Millions lottery tickets is not really feasible.

The odds of winning a lottery jackpot are infinitesimal, but this doesn’t seem to deter people from buying tickets. Although huge jackpots are definitely the main attraction in lottery draws, there are other reasons that cause people to play.

Other than awarding prizes to winners, lotteries support charities and projects not funded by government budgets. Ithuba, as operators of the National Lottery, has a mandate to raise money for good causes and has made contributions toward the long-term sustainability of communities, focusing on education and women in business, as well as helping the South African Rio Olympics team.

Making one’s dreams come true

Generosity aside, most people play the lottery for highly personal reasons. Playing the lottery is a relatively inexpensive way to take a chance on making one’s dreams come true and the odds of winning are equal for all. The larger the jackpot, the more one thinks about purchasing a new home, travelling around the world, and living a life of luxury. And with America’s huge jackpot prizes, one can’t help but daydream about a better life.

Lotteries are easy to play. Anyone can choose a set of numbers and fill in a lottery ticket. Draw results and distribution of prizes are transparent, and easy to understand. For many, playing the lottery is a form of entertainment and when played with others, as members of a lottery syndicate, the excitement of anticipating draw results can be shared.

Playing international lotteries from South Africa

The one drawback to playing the biggest lotteries in the world from South Africa is the fact that local retailers don’t offer these tickets to customers. That problem is solved when one purchases tickets at theLotter, the leading online lottery ticket purchasing service. Playing the lottery online at theLotter is safe and secure, and over the years theLotter has paid out nearly $90-million in prizes to almost four million winners across the globe. Players can purchase tickets to the world’s biggest lotteries including Powerball, Mega Million, EuroMillions, the Italian SuperEnalotto, EuroJackpot, and more.

Playing the Mega Millions lottery, with its guaranteed jackpot currently set at $283-million, is now possible in South Africa. For more information on how to play Mega Millions from South Africa, visit theLotter.com

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