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What time is the Lotto draw on tonight and how much is the National Lottery jackpot?

  • 5 Dec 2020, 13:02
  • Updated : 5 Dec 2020, 13:09

MILLIONS of Brits have played Lotto ever since its first draw in 1994.

Scooping the National Lottery jackpot would change your life forever – just think what you could spend the money on? Here’s everything you need to know about the draw that takes place tonight on Saturday December 5.

What is Lotto?

National Lottery prizes are paid as a lump sum and are tax-free.

At least 28 per cent of all money spent on the games goes to “good-causes” set out by Parliament, and 50 per cent goes to the winner.

Players buy tickets with their choice of six different numbers between 1 and 59.

But for the indecisive few, random numbers can be automatically generated as part of the “Lucky Dip”.

Punters can play up to seven lines of numbers on each play slip.

Players can choose to play on Wednesday or Saturday – or both – and can select the number of weeks they wish to play.

When are the Lotto draws?

The Lotto draws take place every Wednesday and Saturday.

Tonight’s Lotto draw will take place at 7.45pm on Saturday December 5.

Punters will be able to watch the draw as it is streamed live on the National Lottery website and on YouTube .

How much is the Lotto jackpot?

The Lotto jackpot for the draw on Saturday December 5 stands at £4.1million.

Tonight’s draw is a rollover as the £2million jackpot up for grabs on Wednesday December 2 wasn’t won.

The Lotto jackpot can only be rolled over five times.

If the top prize is not won on the fifth rollover, there’s a “rolldown” which means the jackpot is shared by players matching two or more main numbers.

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How does Thunderball work?

Players must pick five main numbers from 1 to 39 and on Thunderball number which ranges from 1 to 14.

Prizes may be won by matching the main numbers, but those who also match with the Thunderball will win a larger prize.

If a player matches with the Thunderball only, they could win £3, but if they have match all five numbers and the Thunderball, they could scoop £500,000.

Draws take place at 8.15pm four times a week – on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays – and are shown on the National Lottery website and YouTube.

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Here's all you need to know about Lotto – from the draw time and details of the Thunderball to what you do if you have a winning ticket

Lottery Draw Times

See when lotteries take place to make sure you never miss your favourite game. Check out the draw times for Lotto, PowerBall and Daily Lotto, along with the cut-off for ticket sales so you know exactly what time each game closes.

The table below shows the draw times and cut-off times for each of South Africa’s National Lottery games. These timings are approximate and can be changed at the discretion of National Lottery operator Ithuba, but you must make sure you buy tickets before sales close for each draw, otherwise you will not be able to enter and will have to wait until the next draw.

Game Draw Days Draw Time Sales Cut-Off
Lotto and Lotto Plus Wednesday and Saturday 20:56 20:30
PowerBall and PowerBall Plus Tuesday and Friday 21:00 20:30
Daily Lotto Daily 21:00 20:30

The Raffle works differently as it is not played on a regular basis. Raffles only take place on select dates throughout the year and the time of the draw will be announced when tickets go on sale. The cut-off time is half an hour before the Raffle, but tickets are limited so they may sell out earlier. The next Raffle is due to launch on 20 October 2019, but the exact date and time of the draw are yet to be announced.

World Lotteries

The following table shows the draw times for various international games. As many of these countries observe Daylight Savings Time and South Africa does not, the times that the draws take place according to local South Africa time can vary. The table below shows the draw schedule, including the draw days and times local to South Africa, for each of the international lotteries featured on Lottery.co.za. Visit the World Lotteries page for more information about these games.

Game Draw Days Time of Year Local Draw Time Draw Time in SA
USA Powerball Wednesday and Saturday March to November 22:59 EDT 04:59 Thursday and Sunday
November to March 22:59 EST 05:59 Thursday and Sunday
Mega Millions Tuesday and Friday March to November 23:00 EDT 05:59 Wednesday and Saturday
November to March 23:00 EST 06:00 Wednesday and Saturday
UK Lotto Wednesday and Saturday March to October Wednesday – 19:45 BST
Saturday – 20:00 BST
Wednesday – 20:45
Saturday – 21:00
October to March Wednesday – 19:45 GMT
Saturday – 20:00 GMT
Wednesday – 21:45
Saturday – 22:00
49’s Lunchtime Daily March to October 12:49 BST 13:49
October to March 12:49 GMT 14:49
49’s Teatime Daily March to October 17:49 BST 18:49
October to March 16:49 GMT 18:49
France Lotto Monday, Wednesday and Saturday March to October 20:35 CEST 20:35
October to March 20:35 CET 21:35
Greece Powerball Thursday and Sunday March to October Thursday – 22:10 EEST
Sunday – 22:00 EEST
Thursday – 21:10
Sunday – 21:00
October to March Thursday – 22:10 EET
Sunday – 22:00 EET
Thursday – 22:10
Sunday – 22:00
Gosloto (6×45) Twice daily All year 11:00 and 23:00 MSK 10:00 and 22:00
Free Lottery Daily Draw Daily All year 19:30 UTC 21:30
Free Lottery Weekly Draw Monday All year 14:00 UTC 16:00

Be advised that the cut-off time for ticket sales can vary when you enter via an online lottery service. You are advised to check the cut-off time for each lottery with your provider.

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Check out the draw times for Lotto, PowerBall and Daily Lotto, along with the cut-off for ticket sales so you know exactly what time each game closes.