Lotto Nigeria is a weekly lottery game that is drawn twice a week (Saturdays and Wednesdays). Lotto Nigeria is a product of National Sports Lottery (NSL) plc. Presently the jackpot value of the Saturday draw is N2 million (17,242 USD), while the Wednesday jackpot is 1 million Naira (8,621 USD).
To play Lotto Nigeria you select six numbers from 1 to 49. If you can match all the six numbers in the national sports lottery draw, you win the jackpot prize. If however, you match five, four or three you also will some cash prize in the Lotto Nigeria draws.
In the early days of lotto Nigeria, one will have to look for a national sports lottery agent. Games where only played then using lottery terminals at lotto Nigeria agent locations for N50.00. This meant that if you could not find a lottery agent or live far away from a lottery agent location you were not able to play the lottery game.
With the rise of mobile phones in Nigeria, NSL plc have provided holders of this wonderful gadgets a convenient way of playing Lotto Nigeria via their mobile phone SMS from anywhere. The magic number to remember is 35777.
To play Lotto Nigeria with your mobile phone simply text:
[draw day Saturday (S) or Wednesday (W)] [space] [first number] [space] [second number] [space] [third number] [space] [fourth number] [space] [fifth number] [space] [sixth number] to 35777
For example if you decide to select numbers 2, 12, 17, 23, 34, and 42 for Saturday National Sports Lottery draw simply text:
S 2 12 17 23 34 42 to 35777
To play the same numbers for Wednesday Lotto Nigeria draw text:
W 2 12 17 23 34 42 to 35777 instead
Once this is successful, you will receive an SMS confirming successful play. The text will contain the numbers played and your electronic ticket number. Do not delete this text message, as you will use it to redeem your prize if you win.
Each play costs N100 only.
You do not even need to select numbers to play Lotto Nigeria. You can simply send a command QP (for quick play) and the lottery system will automatically generate/select six numbers for you.
For example, if you decide to use Quick Play feature for Saturday Lotto Nigeria draw simply text:
S QP to 35777
To play Quick for Wednesday Lotto Nigeria draw text:
W QP to 35777 instead
Once this is successful, you will receive an SMS confirming successful play. The text will contain the auto generated numbers and your electronic ticket number. Do not delete this text message, as you will use it to redeem your price if you win.
Each play costs N100 only.
NSL plc has also deployed portable electronic payment terminals (Ingenico i8550) to make lotto Nigeria more available for those who want the cheaper cost of terminal play. Currently you pay N50 only if you play in an NSL lottery agent’s terminal.
Ingenico i8550 POS terminals can also be used for cashless shopping. Customers with VPay or Visa cards can make secure electronic payments for goods and services purchased via the Ingenico i8550 POS terminal.
Ingenico i8550 POS terminal also support other value added services like purchase of mobile phone recharge Pins and electronic fund transfer. Mobile networks like MTN, Starcomms, glo and Celtel are currently supported.
NSL plc plans to deploy over 30,000 of these Ingenico i8550 POS terminals within 18 months.
Visit National Sports Lottery website at www.nationalsportslottery.com for more information. You can also check latest Lotto Nigeria draw results at National Sports Lottery website. Live Lotto Nigeria draws are on NTA and SilverBird TV. NSL Nigeria plc is listed in the Nigerian Stock Exchange NSE.