South Africa Powerball was launched in October 2009 with the aim of raising money for charities and community projects. It has since gone on to be one of the country’s most popular lottery games. Powerball uses a double matrix system similar to a number of other lotteries around the world, most notably US Powerball and EuroMillions. In the South African version of the game, players must choose five numbers between 1 and 50, and a separate Powerball number between 1 and 20.
Changes were introduced to South Africa’s Powerball in November 2015, including increased jackpots and a new prize division that awarded a fixed sum of R10.00 for matching just the Powerball. The eighth division prize for matching one main number and the Powerball was set at R15.00. The price of Powerball tickets increased from R3.50 to R5.00 per entry, and a supplementary game, Powerball Plus, was also introduced at R2.50 per line.
Further changes to the game were made in June 2018, when the pool of main numbers increased from 45 to 50.
Powerball draws take place on Tuesday and Friday at 9.00pm SAST. Tickets can be purchased every day, with sales closing 30 minutes before each draw and reopening shortly thereafter for the next game. Players buying their tickets via a lottery concierge service are advised to check the cut-off time for sales through the service as they can close up to three hours prior to the draw.
In order to win the Powerball jackpot, you must match all five numbers and the Powerball. Various other prizes can be won, from fixed sums of R10.00 for matching just the Powerball, up to a second prize that can be won by matching all five main numbers. The prize divisions are as follows:
|Division||Match||Odds of Winning|
|1st (Jackpot)||5 + 1||1 in 42,375,200|
|2nd||5||1 in 2,230,274|
|3rd||4 + 1||1 in 188,334|
|4th||4||1 in 9,912|
|5th||3 + 1||1 in 4,280|
|6th||3||1 in 225|
|7th||2 + 1||1 in 299|
|8th||1 + 1||1 in 57|
|9th||Powerball Only||1 in 35|
|Overall odds of winning a Powerball prize are 1 in 18.|
Jackpots begin at approximately R3 million and, if no player successfully matches all five main numbers and the Powerball, it will roll over to the next draw. As there is no rollover cap, Powerball jackpots have the potential to grow to substantial sums.
To date, the biggest Powerball jackpot ever seen was R145 million, which was won by a single ticket holder from Mpumalanga on Friday 3rd August 2018.
Playing Powerball online is quick and easy thanks to the lottery ticket concierge service, which allows you to purchase tickets for Powerball regardless of your location. Simply visit the tickets page to read more about how the lottery ticket concierge service works and to see the other worldwide lotteries available for you to play through this service.
Powerball tickets can be purchased in person from authorised retailers across South Africa. When purchasing a paper ticket, please make sure that you keep it safe, as you will need to produce it in the event that you win a prize. It is also very important that you sign the back of your ticket to avoid anyone else claiming a prize in the event that your ticket is lost or stolen.