27 Mar 2016

Chances of winning Vodacom Millionaires



To win on Vodacom Millionaires, you need to get at least a 6 letter match on a string that you SMS through to 32082 to enter the weekly draw.

This means that your chances of getting a prize winning match are as follows:

6 letter match: 1 in 30,078,114
7 letter match: 1 in 1,142,968,332
8 letter match: 1 in 65,720,679,090
9 letter match: 1 in 7,623,598,774,440
(Odds calculated using http://www.csgnetwork.com/oddscalc.html)

In other words, there is a 1 in 7.6 million million chance of actually winning the million! Though you can of course improve your chances ever so slightly by entering more than once (the first 2 entries are free, additional entries cost R1 each).

The draw has been running for more than 10 years now and I have been collecting the winning letters for the last 6 years or so. I've grouped the winning letters by single appearances and double appearances over this 6 year period to highlight patterns and frequencies and I try to update this with the latest letters each week:

View the grouped Vodacom Millionaires winning letter data by clicking here

Statistically speaking, previous winning letters should have no bearing on the winning letters that are drawn for a week but we don't know the exact methods that Vodacom uses to choose the winning letters. Perhaps this data can inspire the next 9 letters you pick, but I think the patterns are interesting if nothing else.