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How to Play UK 49s in South Africa + Hot Tips to Help You Win

Even though the draw takes place in England, the twice-daily UK 49s is a hot favourite among punters in South Africa. Some reasons it's popular with lottery or Lucky Numbers players is because of its frequency and the relatively small number of balls. This combined with the fact that online betting sites like BetwayHollywoodbetsGbetsSupabetsBET.co.za offer so many ways to bet on the UK 49s, makes it one worth writing about!

In this article, you will learn how to play UK 49s in South Africa. Read on for answers to questions like, What time is each draw? Which bets are available? Where do I find the UK 49s results? And lots more! 

UK 49s draw times

What we love about the UK 49s draw is that it takes place twice a day, every day, 7 days a week. You never have to wait even a day to play! 

The UK 49s lunchtime draw is at 1:30pm (SA time) and the UK 49s teatime draw is at 6:30pm. When the clocks adjust once each year, these times will change by one hour, but don't worry because most online betting sites in South Africa have a countdown timer for each lottery.

How UK 49s works 

To learn how to play UK 49s in South Africa, you will need to know how this twice-daily lottery works. Both of the UK 49s lotteries are 6/49 draws, which means 6 numbers (plus a bonus ball) are drawn from a pot of 49 balls. The bonus ball is called the booster and betting is available with or without it.

There are many ways to play UK 49s but your aim is always to make correct predictions about which balls will be drawn. The amount you bet and the various outcomes you choose to predict is for you to decide. 

When playing UK 49s, you can choose to predict the outcome of 1 ball, 2 balls, 3 balls, 4 balls, 5 balls or 6 balls drawn at various odds, depending on whether your bet includes the bonus ball or not. There are also bets you can take related to the total sum of the balls drawn and whether balls will be odd or even, single digits or not.

How to bet on UK49s

To learn how to play UK 49s in South Africa, you need to know how the betting works and where to find this exciting draw online. Instead of focusing on one betting site, we will provide some general information on how to bet on UK 49s across all online bookmakers, which you can also then apply to other Lucky Numbers games in South Africa.

1️⃣ Visit your favourite online betting site.

2️⃣ Click on the Lotteries or Lucky Numbers tab.

3️⃣ You'll be presented with a list of international lotteries to choose from. Upcoming draws are usually displayed starting from the soonest first. If you don't see the UK 49s draw near the top, select United Kingdom as the country or use the search bar to find it by name. 

4️⃣ Click on the UK49s draw to see the various betting options available.

5️⃣ Select which market you want to play (Regular Draw, Regular draw with bonus ball, Draw Sum, Bonus Ball).

6️⃣ Click the odds to bet on your chosen market.

7️⃣ For Regular Draw bets, click the odds to select the number of balls you want. Your next step is to pick your numbers. Either select them manually by clicking the numbers you want or have them chosen for you randomly. For Draw Sum bets, simply click the odds to select your market and you're ready to place your bet. You won't need to select any specific numbers.

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8️⃣ Go to your betslip to see your selections and enter your stake.

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9️⃣ Click to confirm your bet.

For how to play international lotteries with Betway, read this article which includes everything you need to know about Betway Lucky Numbers.  

UK 49s betting options

As mentioned earlier, when playing UK 49s in South Africa, you don't have to predict all the balls drawn if you don't want to. You can place bets on any number of balls, including the bonus ball. The more balls you bet on, the higher your odds and payout will be, but the smaller your chance is of winning. 

Aside from the regular draw, other UK 49s betting options include Draw Sum Odd/Even and Over/Under which include markets with our without the bonus ball. You can also place bets specifically on the bonus ball such as Odd/Even, Over/Under or Single Digit (Yes/No).

UK 49s odds

Regular Draw (without bonus ball)

🔴 1 correct ball = odds of 7/1

🔴🔴 2 correct balls = odds of 65/1

🔴🔴🔴 3 correct balls = odds of 714/1

🔴🔴🔴🔴 4 correct balls = odds of 10 000/1

🔴🔴🔴🔴🔴 5 correct balls = odds of 100 000/1

Regular Draw (with bonus ball)

🔵 1 correct ball = odds of 11/2

🔵🔵 2 correct balls = odds of 52/1

🔵🔵🔵 3 correct balls = odds of 400/1

🔵🔵🔵🔵 4 correct balls = odds of 4000/1

🔵🔵🔵🔵🔵 5 correct balls = odds of 50 000/1

🔵🔵🔵🔵🔵🔵 6 correct balls = odds of 120 000/1

UK 49s payouts

Your UK 49s payouts will always depend on how much you choose to bet. Betting the standard minimum of R1 will return the same amounts you see above in odds, plus your stake back. If you increase your stake to R10, multiply the odds above by 10 to calculate your potential payout. If you choose to bet R100, multiply them by 100, and so on. 

UK 49s predictions

There are many different ways to choose your numbers when playing UK 49s in South Africa. Some people like to choose the same numbers every time and others like to take cues from their environment or how they're feeling at the time. From birthdays to dreams and happy numbers, here are some tips for how to make your UK 49s predictions.

How to win UK 49s 

How to win UK 49s is all about what you hope to achieve with your bets. The best thing about betting on this lottery is that you can choose exactly how much risk you want to take and therefore how easy or hard it is to win when you play UK 49s in South Africa. 

For example, choosing to predict one correct number (with the bonus ball) in the UK 49s draw has an implied probability of 15.38% which means your chances of winning this bet are about 1 in 6 times. However, guessing 3 balls correctly has an implied probability of 0.25% which means your chances of winning are about 1 in 400 times.

When you play UK 49s in South Africa, your payout will always reflect the odds available, so if you want a better chance of winning, take a safer bet at small odds. But if you want to win a lot of money with a small stake, take a riskier bet at bigger odds. 

UK 49 results

UK 49s results are published about 25 minutes after the draw. You can also find UK 49s results on many different betting sites and here we can explain how to see the winning numbers at our favourite bookmakers

For more about online sports betting, casino games and lotteries in South Africa, visit the Betting Guide homepage where you'll find bookmaker reviews, promotions, betting tips and more.

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