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  • The National Lottery says more and more players are signing up to play the lottery online during lockdown - bringing the total number of registered players to over 883,000 players.
  • And with interest growing for 2020's biggest PowerBall jackpot thus far, which sits at a whopping R123 million, they’re expecting that number to rise as people opt to tata ma chance from home.
  • While some would question whether gambling is an essential service, part of the money which is generated from the national lottery does go toward fighting Covid-19 – R50 million is expected to be directed to the Solidarity Fund by the National Lotteries Commission.
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The National Lottery says more and more players are signing up to tata ma chance from home during lockdown. Since the nationwide lockdown started at the end of March, the National Lottery has seen a spike in users registering to play the lottery online - bringing the total number of registered players to over 883,000 players.

Interest is growing for the biggest PowerBall jackpot thus far for 2020. On Tuesday, 21 April 2020, it could land someone a staggering combined R218 million with the PowerBall and PowerBall PLUS jackpots estimated at R123 million and R95 million respectively.  

In a matter of days lottery managers Ithuba, say some 42,000 new players registered to play on their app, which they say is now more important than ever to encourage players to play online rather than going to stores to purchase tickets.

But, should you win you’ll also only be able to claim the prize winnings once lockdown is officially over as the Ithuba offices remain closed during the lockdown period. But while winners may be anxious to collect, all winning tickets have a life-span of 365 days before they expire.

Ithuba has been attempting to migrate its players to digital platforms since before the national lockdown. You can play the lottery online through its app, website and via banking partners Absa, FNB, Standard Bank and Nedbank.

Over the past three years, there has been a total of 20 national lottery jackpot winners who played via FNB's digital banking platforms. The function has been available on the FNB app since 2012. 

While some would question whether gambling is an essential service, in the absence of live sports, South Africans are turning to betting on esports and sports simulations

Part of the money which is generated from the national lottery does go toward fighting Covid-19. R50 million has been directed to the Solidarity Fund by the National Lotteries Commission, that regulates lotteries in South Africa and serves as the lottery grant funder. 

The biggest PowerBall jackpot thus far for 2020 was won in February by a single player in Roodepoort who walked away with R114 million after spending R5 on the winning ticket. 

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