Lottostar may not have a track record with regard to a purely online sports bookmaker, nor does it have the look and feel of an all-out lottery portal like lottoland, but it does seem to offer the best of both worlds.
The main landing page of lottostar.co.za is filled to the brim with global lottery action, with potential earnings of hundreds of millions of rand for grabs, and at first glance looks to be a pure ode to the big bonanza world of lucky draws.
Closer inspection reveals a more layered side, with the menu directory offering a host of other services, like a fully-loaded sportsbook among other features.
One of the most enticing features of this site is the ability for a punter to win billions of rand through one of a host of multi-national lottery draws. The site’s terms and conditions, despite being massively detailed and specific do not mention an exact maximum pay-out, but there is advertised information on the site that a South African punter can win billions of rand.
The way lottostar operates is on a fixed odds basis, meaning that a punter does not buy an actual ticket into the US Mega Millions for example, but can place a stake on the numbers for that draw, and still earn billions of rand, dependant on the stake and odds.
Apart from a full range of international lotteries there are many other substantial earning games on the site, including Kino and ‘Win a Dream’.
The win a dream feature offers anything from a R6.5 million Ferrari to a Krugerrand valued at R175 000, while Kino pays up to R3 million depending on the type of ‘Kino’ game a punter chooses on the platform.
The site also offers a scratch-card virtual game called Kwikie and a player can win up to R10 million for a R20 stake. To win a punter must match three symbols, and the prize money is broken up into tiers, namely bronze, silver, gold and platinum.
The platform also offers instant games, which is a virtual lottery with winnings running up to R60 million. To win on an instant game, a bettor must choose five numbers between 1-49 and two bonus numbers between 1 and 10.
The potential to become a multi-millionaire on lottostar comes in many forms, shapes and sizes, and while the odds are exactly the same whether you buy a lottery ticket at a retail shop or on fixed odds, there fun is in the variety of competitions offered.
The odds of winning a six number lottery (numbers 1-45) is still about 14 million to one – no matter how a site tries to package the deal, but with so many options and international lotteries it is hard not to get caught up in the moment.
To take the focus away from lottery mania is pretty hard, especially when there are billions at stake, but a look at a more reasonable, sporting chance to win is to take a gander at the online sports betting book.
To access the sports book a punter must go to the lottostar.co.za landing page and under the main menu click on the sports betting link – this will then take the player to a traditional online sports betting site.
The popularity of a sports bet site is the variation and generosity of the promotions and lottostar does not shy away from this aspect: the platform runs at least 10 promos at any given time and the most popular include a deposit bonus, a first time welcome bonus, social media competitions, registration bonus (Fica), voucher bonus and a no-win bonus.
The online sports betting platform is not great compared to industry leaders.
The variety of sporting codes and bet-markets is comparatively small with only soccer, rugby, cricket, tennis and basketball on offer.
There is no horse-racing action not is there any live in-play betting and this seems to sum up the fact that lottostar.co.za is a glorified lottery portal with a sportsbook thrown into the mix to add some flavour.
The platform is not geared to be a genuine contender for sportsbook operator of the year and the less said about this small stream of their content the better.
Registration for the platform can be followed under the site’s terms and conditions, but generally a Fica accredited process is needed. This means a proof of address, certified identity document and three month bank statement.
To follow the prompts a punter must go to the far right of the directory on the main landing page and click on the ‘more’ icon and this will take a person to the FAQ and how to play sections.
The site offers a host of banking options, including Visa, MasterCard, Bitcoin,
Payfast, EasyEFT, ABSA, Nedbank, FNB and Standard Bank.
The site offers one of the most comprehensive lottery action platforms in the country and while the sportsbook is weak, the chance to win billions is worth a visit nonetheless.