|South Africans are increasingly looking abroad for their lottery tickets, which offer prizes up to 10 times the value of those offered locally – and the UK Lotto draw on May 18 looks sure to be a winner in SA, as there is $64.4 million on offer, with 4 jackpots for the price of one ticket to celebrate the relaunch of the National Lottery’s big game.|
One company cashing in on the popularity of the UK’s Lotto – which offers the biggest jackpots in Europe – is playuklottery.com. Martin Ryma, CEO, says “there has been a 30% growth since the beginning of the year in South Africa alone…We are even thinking of developing an Afrikaans site because of the demand from that sector of the population…”
Playuklottery.com charges between £2 and £3.60 per entry to play, although the cost of a Lotto ticket in the UK is £1. It is not illegal for foreign citizens to play the UK lottery, although the fact that bettors must physically purchase their tickets in the UK has led to the popularity of playuklottery.com. The company wins when it’s customers do – wins over £1000 are subject to a 10% commission to playuklottery.com.