Oxygen8 East Africa is the official entity that runs and operates the Kenya Lotto. It is registered under the laws of the country and is certified and licensed by the Betting Control and Licensing Board (BCLB). While other betting companies have also stepped up, Oxygen8 East Africa remains the dominant one. Since its inception, the company had announced that some of the funds that would be accumulated through ticket sales would be used for supporting good causes. Oxygen8 East Africa has stayed true to their word and have contributed about 15 million KSh for the preparation of the country’s national team for the Olympic Games.
Furthermore, in the last decade or so, they have paid out millions in prizes to lucky Kenyan residents, which has helped the society. As the biggest lottery provider in the entire country, Oxygen8 East Africa is trying to improve its management and operational capabilities.
Knowing the Kenya Lotto Rules
Like other lottery games all over the globe, there are certain rules that have to be followed for playing the Kenya Lotto games. First and foremost, you need to be at least 18 years of age in order to participate and you also need to be physically present in Kenya. Even if you are a resident of a foreign country, you have to be in Kenya at the time of the ticket purchase. As long as you were physically present, you will be able to claim the prize, but there might be some issues in transferring it out of the country.
As far as the legitimacy of Kenya lotto is concerned, there is no reason to worry. The winning numbers are selected by a random number generator for every single drawing. Gaming Laboratories International (LGI) has certified the generator. This is the entity that’s responsible for the certification and testing of 65 of the most prominent games and lotteries of the world.
Guide to the Kenya Lotto
In order to participate in the Kenya Lotto, players have to choose six numbers between the range of 1 and 49. Players have the option of choosing their own numbers or they can also go for the quick pick option if they wish. An additional bonus number is also selected by the players from a pool of 9 numbers and you can win the jackpot if you get all 7 numbers correct. The guaranteed prize of the jackpot is 100 million Kenyan shillings and it can go as high as 5,000,000 Kenyan shillings.
The price of one ticket is 50 Kenyan shillings, which makes the ultimate prize very generous. Prizes that are higher than 75,000 Kenyan shillings are paid out in the form of a wire transfer or check whereas payment of lesser amount are transferred directly into the players’ online account. There are two draws conducted on a weekly basis, one on Wednesday and the other on Saturday. Entries to the draw can be purchased approximately one hour before it is made.
As far as the results of the draw are concerned, they are first broadcast on television on the LOTTO Live show, an hour after the draw is made. They are also published on the website after the broadcast.
Kenya Lotto Payouts
The odds of winning the Kenya Lotto are 1 in 6.6 and there are 8 main ways to win a prize. The prize breakdown is mentioned as follows:
- Matching six numbers and also the bonus number earns the prize of 100,000,000 Kenyan shillings.
- Matching six numbers will win a prize worth 10 million Kenyan shillings, which is equal to 0.1 million USD.
- Matching five numbers plus the bonus number earns a prize of 1 million Kenyan shillings and this is about 0.01 million USD.
- Matching five numbers will win a prize worth 50,000 Kenyan shillings.
- Matching 4 numbers and also the bonus number earns a prize of 2,800 Kenyan shillings.
- Matching four numbers will win a prize worth 600 Kenyan shillings.
- Matching three numbers and the bonus number earns a prize of 300 Kenyan shillings.
- Matching 3 numbers will win a prize worth 150 Kenyan shillings.
- Matching 2 numbers plus the bonus number will earn 75 Kenyan shillings.
History of the Kenya Lotto Games
Mercy Njuguna from Muranga was the first millionaire of the Kenya Lotto. There were a total of 2,180 winners in its very first drawing. In that very drawing Lotto Kenya also demonstrated that they were quite committed to their aim of supporting good causes. This is because 5 million Kenyan shillings were donated to the National Olympic Committee of Kenya. The funds were to be used for sponsoring the participation of the country in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.
How Can I win the Kenya Lotto Games?
Kenya Lotto games are similar to that of other lotteries and players have the option of choosing the numbers of their tickets. There are some useful strategies that can come in handy for selecting the right numbers and it can increase your odds of taking home the jackpot or even a second tier prize. First and foremost, it is recommended that you opt for a combination of odd and even lottery numbers. It is very rare for all even or all odd numbers to be drawn and the ideal mix is a combination of odd and even as this pattern is seen most frequently.
Similar to odd and even, you also need to pay attention to high and low numbers. Choosing numbers in a series is not a good idea because a combination of high and low numbers are drawn more frequently. In addition, avoid using birthdays or any other special dates for your lottery tickets as this strategy is used most frequently, which means numbers smaller than 31 are chosen. Hence, even if you do win, the prize has to be split amongst other winners as well.
Online Kenya Lotto Syndicate
A Kenya Lotto syndicate can also be joined online, which allows you to pool money together and buy a large number of tickets thereby increasing the odds of winning a prize.