South Africa Powerball was launched in October 2009 with the aim of raising money for charities and community projects and has gone on to be one of South Africa’s most popular lottery games. In common with a number of other lotteries around the world, most notably the US Powerball and EuroMillions games, Powerball uses a double matrix system. In the South African version of the game, players must choose five numbers between 1 and 45 followed by a separate number, the Powerball, from a second pool of numbers between 1 and 20.
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In late November 2015, changes were made to Powerball, including increased jackpots and a new prize division, which 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. 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.
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, a player must match all five numbers and the Powerball. However, a large range of other prizes are available and players can win prizes for matching just one number and the Powerball upwards. The prize divisions are as follows:
|Division||Match||Odds of Winning|
|1st (Jackpot)||5 + 1||1 in 24,435,180|
|2nd||5||1 in 1,286,062|
|3rd||4 + 1||1 in 122,176|
|4th||4||1 in 6,430|
|5th||3 + 1||1 in 3,133|
|6th||3||1 in 165|
|7th||2 + 1||1 in 247|
|8th||1 + 1||1 in 53|
|9th||Powerball Only||1 in 37|
|Overall odds of winning a South Africa Powerball prize are 1 in 18.|
South Africa Powerball 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 jackpot ever seen in the South African Powerball was R102 million, which was won by a single ticket holder from the Free State Province on Friday 3rd June 2011.
Playing South Africa Powerball Online
Playing South Africa 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 Buy 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.
Tickets for Powerball 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.