For a lot of people, the lottery is one of the most exciting forms of gambling, and one of the main reasons for that is its potential. By buying a lottery ticket and wagering only a small amount of money, players can win life-changing jackpots. What’s more, lotteries are extremely easy to play. All you have to do is pick your favorite numbers and keep your fingers crossed!

While the lottery has always been one of the more widespread ways to gamble, its fame skyrocketed as online gambling became more popular and as the Internet became more accessible. In today’s time, South Africans can go online and bet on international lotto products based on the world’s most famous lotteries from the warmth of their homes.

If you happen to be from South Africa and you are looking for international lotteries that are available in your country, we’ve prepared a list of some of the best and most rewarding lotteries that you can play right now.


Undoubtedly, Powerball is the best-known lottery in the world. This American lottery is offered throughout the US and its minimum advertised jackpot is R590 million paid in 30 graduated installments. Furthermore, players can choose to receive a lump-sum payment instead.

The lottery is held every Wednesday and Saturday at 10:59 PM Eastern Time. It uses a combination of white balls and Powerballs that results in a 1 in 292,201,338 odds of winning a jackpot each time the lottery is held.

While those odds may seem somewhat low, they allow Powerball jackpots to reach jaw-dropping sums. Namely, on January 13, 2016, three lucky people were able to win a Powerball jackpot and have split R23 billion and it is significantly higher than the South African biggest payouts.

Mega Millions

Previously known as The Big Game, Mega Millions is another American lottery game. It is drawn each Tuesday and Friday at 11 PM Eastern Time.

Similar to Powerball, the minimum advertised jackpot for Mega Millions is R590 million, and it is also paid in 30 graduated installments. The total jackpot amount increases each time there are no jackpot winners during a draw, which allows the prize pool to rise until someone wins the jackpot.

In order to win it, a player needs to match a six-number combination and guess 5 out of 70 white balls and one gold-colored MegaBall from the second field that has 25 numbers.

The biggest Mega Millions jackpot in history was R22 billion.

French Lotto

As the name suggests, we can thank the French for this lovely lottery game. Unlike the American lotteries, French Lotto is held three times a week, and the draws are every Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday. The more chances to win, the better!

The biggest recorded jackpot for French Lotto was R495 million, give or take a few dollars. In order to win the jackpot, players have to guess 5 numbers from a range of 1 to 49, and also the bonus ball number from a range of 1 to 10.

Perhaps the best thing about French Lotto is that there are numerous awards at your disposal, and you can be a winner even by guessing as little as two out of the six numbers.


According to every lottery player out there, pizzas, Ferraris, and SuperEnalotto are the three greatest things that have come out of Italy. Get two numbers correct, and you can treat yourself with a delicious pizza. However, get all six of them, and that Ferrari is all yours.

The Italian SuperEnalotto is held every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday at 8 PM sharp. While the odds of winning this jackpot are among some of the lowest in the world (1 in 622.614.630), SuperEnalotto also offers some of the biggest payouts across Europe — biggest jackpot wins so far were around R3.6 billion and R3.4 billion. While the odds may sound low, there are records of people who won the lottery multiple times.


Last but not least on our list is the EuroMillions that is held every Tuesday and Friday at 20:45 CET in Paris, France.

Numerous European countries participate in the draw, and each of them adds their tiny little twist to the game. Unlike many other lotteries on our list, to win EuroMillions, a player needs to get seven numbers correct — five main numbers from a pool of 50 and two lucky star numbers from a pool of 12 numbers.

To date, some of the luckiest EuroMillion players had the pleasure of taking home R3.1 billion.

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