How to play SA Powerball
Playing Powerball is quite easy, all you need is five numbers and an additional number called Power Ball. Try to predict lottery results that will be selected in the draw to win the jackpot. How to buy your ticket?
- You need a Powerball bet slip, that can be found with the nearest national lottery retailer.
- Using a pen or a pencil choose five numbers from 1 to 50.
- Choose an extra number from 1 to 20. That is your Powerball (PB).
- Make payment for the ticket - at the R5 cost per board.
- You will get a ticket with your numbers; please sign it at the back. You can make a photo of it as a proof.
- Check Powerball winning numbers on this site, and don't throw away a ticket! Always check numbers from different sources as newspaper or TV. Optional Powerball Plus results to find here.
Powerball prizes and odds
Prizes are different for every draw. They depend on it if the jackpot was hit and the number of winning players overall. It also depends on ticket sales amount. There are two payout divisions fixed - when you hit results as 0/5 or 1/5 both with Power Ball. If somebody hit the jackpot matching all numbers, the share of the prize pool is similar to shown below in the table. In other cases, it may change slightly. Notice that this lottery game has bigger pool designed especially for 1st tier prize.
|Matched numbers||Share of prize pool||Odds of winning|
|5 correct + PB||54.46%||1 in 42,375,200|
|5||4.00%||1 in 2,230,274|
|4/5 + PB||2.50%||1 in 188,334|
|4/5||4.24%||1 in 9,912|
|3/5 + PB||4.80%||1 in 4,280|
|3/5||4.00%||1 in 225|
|2/5 + PB||3.00%||1 in 299|
|1/5 + PB||fixed R 15||1 in 57|
|0/5 + PB||fixed R 10||1 in 35|
All Jackpot prizes round to nearest R1. You can win once per every entry filled with correct results of Powerball. Other payouts round to nearest 10 cents. Remember that exactly expected jackpot rollover may be unknown up to the date of the draw. Also, have in mind that winning Powerball is much harder than Lotto. Don't spend all your money on lottery tickets! Check-in for South African Powerball results few minutes after the draw every Tuesday and Friday.
How Are Powerball prizes paid out?
Smaller cash prizes could be withdrawn to your bank using official online wallet on nationallottery.co.za if you played through the internet. Bigger prizes or jackpot must be claimed in one of the Ithuba regional or central offices. Always remember to get your winning ticket and ID. You must be 18 years old to claim the prize.
Powerball winnings can be split between few players who matched all numbers correctly. In this case, every person gets the same share of the prize.
Where and when to watch the Powerball draw?
Watch the draw every Tuesday and Friday on the TV on Etv channel; the show starts at 21:00. A replay of the draw is possible to watch online on youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQWsxwRUFJHNfT202GVFghQ . Ticket sales close 30 minutes before the draw.
Powerball jackpots and rollovers
Similar to other lottery games there is a mechanism called rollover for not claimed jackpots. The main prize grows as long as no one matches the 5/5 numbers and of course - additional number - Power Ball (PB). Pool for 1st prize division is rolled over to the next Draw's corresponding division. Powerball became famous because of the large jackpot rollovers. These are expected in more cases too, which we point below:
- If there are no winners in division 2-8, then the pool rolls down to the lower division, e.g. division 4 to division 5.
- If there are no winners in division 8 (but they always are), then the pool rolls over to division 1 of the next draw.
- Breakage from any PB division rolls over to the same division next draw.
What is the SA Powerball Jackpot?
The SA Powerball jackpot on next draw 06.06.2023 is estimated to be R27,000,000.
How big can be the jackpot?
The minimum jackpot is R3 million, and there is no limitation of rollovers. To date, the biggest one was on June 3rd, 2011 with the amount of R102,016,595.
History of South African Powerball
Powerball is with African players since October 2009. South African players are really keen on this type of a game. Payout pools are more extensive, more divisions (9) and fun. Even if you match only PB number, you win something. Over the years it made many Africans millionaires. Prize pool may never reach amounts seen in European lotteries or American ones, but still, they are enough for our country realities. On the first draw on 23.10.2009, somebody won R30,000,000! Then jackpot got rolled many times to be hit on 12.02.2010 with an outstanding prize of R 91,068,427 which is the record till now. In June 2018, a number of drawn balls changed from 45 to 50.