South Africa's Biggest PowerBall Jackpot Winners
PowerBall has established itself as South Africa's biggest jackpot game since it was launched in 2009, regularly offering prizes of more than R100 million. Learn the stories behind the PowerBall winners who landed the 10 biggest jackpots, along with the top winners from PowerBall Plus.
1. R232,131,750 - Tuesday 19 February 2019
The current record for a PowerBall jackpot win was set by a man from Cape Town, following 24 consecutive rollovers. The top prize had leapt up by R20 million from the previous draw and players across South Africa rushed to take part, but there was only one ticket that matched all the numbers.
The winner made excited fans wait for a week before coming forward to claim his money. He decided to remain anonymous but did reveal that he would carry on working, despite being in his 50s and suddenly one of the wealthiest people in the country. He spent just R22.50 on his tickets at an OK Mini Mart in Tygerdal.
2. R145,469,799 – Friday 3 August 2018
Following almost two months without a winner, a single ticket holder became one of South Africa’s luckiest ever players thanks to an entry he purchased at Evander Diensstasie in Evander, Mpumalanga. The winner, a 34-year-old who had been born and raised in Ekurhuleni, selected his own numbers.
Upon discovering that he had matched all the numbers, he kept his ticket safe in his sock until he could confirm the win with the National Lottery. He said he would invest his winnings in business and focus on helping future generations of his family, having struggled to find employment himself before he became an engineer for one of the biggest companies in Secunda.
3. R141,343,180 – Friday 23 August 2019
A construction worker enjoyed a more profitable holiday than he could ever have imagined after buying a PowerBall ticket during a short break in Mossel Bay. He was not a regular player but felt inspired to take part after his wife had a dream in which he was sprinkled with gold dust. As they were on holiday, he thought it could be his lucky day so he played a Quick Pick at a Spar in Groot Brakrivier in the Western Cape.
They both insisted that they would continue working and invest the money so that their children's and grandchildren's futures would be financially secure.
4. R135,366,753 – Tuesday 28 April 2020
This huge jackpot set a new record for the largest lottery payout for an online player in South Africa. The top prize had been growing steadily since early February and, with the world in the grip of the coronavirus pandemic, players were urged to take part online instead of visiting stores.
It was someone from the KwaZulu-Natal province who eventually landed the R135 million jackpot after using the FNB banking app. They then had to be patient to receive their prize as National lottery offices were closed at the time due to Covid-19 restrictions.
5. R121,730,295 – Tuesday 29 September 2020
A man from Bloemfontein revealed that he checked his ticket ‘about 30 times’ before he started to believe that his numbers had come up in the R121 million draw on 29 September. He had purchased his entry at Belvera Supermarket in Bloemspruit, using some of his winnings from a previous game of Daily Lotto.
He said he would give up work straight away so that he could take retirement a few years ahead of schedule, but he still wanted to put the money to good use and would donate some to his church.
6. R114,580,902 - Tuesday 4 February 2020
The PowerBall jackpot had proved to be just out of reach during the early part of the summer, but a 35-year-old woman from Soweto stopped the run of rollovers in its tracks to land a prize worth more than R114 million.
She had bought just one line at a cost of R5, putting faith in her favourite numbers, when she bought her ticket from Victor and Son’s Café in Roodepoort in western Johannesburg. Having previously struggled to pay the rent where she lived, she set her sights on buying a house for herself and also one for her mother.
7. R114,242,816 - Tuesday 26 November 2019
The R114 million jackpot from this draw went to an unemployed father of two from Limpopo, who bought his winning ticket from the Sharp Supermarket in Dzanani, near Makhado. He wasted little time in coming forward, contacting the National Lottery two days later, although he said he had not slept at all in that time.
He planned to use his newfound wealth to create a better life for his family, build a new house for his mother and also provide for his children and siblings.
8. 113,769,364 - Tuesday 1 December 2020
There were 20 winners of the jackpot in this incredible draw, which featured a set of results which generated attention all over the world. The winning numbers were , 6, 7, 8 and 9, and the PowerBall was 10.
All 20 winners had come forward by early February 2021, pocketing more than R5.6 million each. The jackpot had previously gone 17 draws in a row without being won, but playing familiar patterns is such a popular way of taking part that this draw produced an unusually high number of winners.
9. R112,706,600 - Tuesday 4 May 2021
There were two winners of this enormous jackpot, and both had touching stories to relate when they came forward to claim their R56 million cut. The first was a man who purchased his ticket at Ok Mini Mark Thornton, Capetown in Western Cape, and revealed that he planned to exhume the remains of family members and secure a peaceful resting place for them.
The other winner was a widow who spent just R7.50 on buying her ticket from Meerensee Dried Fruits and Nuts, Richards Bay in KwaZulu-Natal. She checked the winning numbers on the one-year anniversary of her husband’s death and insisted that she would spend the money on supporting her family and best friend.
10. R102,016,595 - Friday 3 June 2011
The winning ticket for this draw, bought at the Spitskop Total fuel station in Langenhovenpark, Bloemfontein, was very nearly thrown away when the player took it back to be checked and it initially would not scan.
He asked the cashier to dispose of the ticket before it eventually scanned at the third attempt and he found out he had won a nine-figure sum. It was the largest jackpot seen on the game up to that point and the winner, a businessman in his 20s, would keep that record for more than seven years.
PowerBall Plus Winners
1. R153,466,150 - Friday 10 July 2020
A man from KwaZulu-Natal set a couple of records without even visiting a store to buy a ticket. Instead, he played via the Standard Bank app and became the biggest PowerBall Plus winner of all time - as well as the biggest online winner ever. It was the first time the PowerBall Plus jackpot had ever gone past R150 million, having rolled over for more than six months.
The winner revealed that he wasn’t even a regular player, but that his in-laws kept track of all the big jackpots and urged him to play. He said he was a financially cautious person but that the windfall had set the family up for life, so they would not have to worry about money ever again.
2. R83,853,069 - Friday 23 April 2019
It took almost three months to create this big PowerBall Plus jackpot, which was eventually won by a player from Cape Town. The winning ticket was purchased at Checkers, Durbanville. The participant selected their own numbers rather than going for a Quick Pick, and spent R45 on entering the game. No more information was disclosed about the winner.
3. R81,942,756 - Tuesday 27 October 2020
The third biggest PowerBall Plus jackpot winner ever bought their ticket in Eastern Cape for the draw on 27 October 2020. No details have yet been released about the winner, except that the ticket bought was a Manual Selection R15 wager and was purchased at Spar Fleet in Quigney, East London.
4. R70,873,741 - Tuesday 3 September 2019
A woman from Pretoria who whispered a quiet prayer when she bought a ticket from a Shell Garage went on to land one of the biggest PowerBall Plus prizes in history. She said she ‘always asked God to bless her numbers’ and on this occasion she kept the ticket safe in a Bible the night before the draw.
She had selected her own numbers for a change, rather than opting for a Quick Pick, and could not believe it when they all appeared in the draw. The winner said she would use the money to transform her current home while also providing for her wider family.
5. R58,740,409 - Tuesday 18 April 2017
The PowerBall Plus jackpot first climbed above R50 million around 18 months after the supplementary game was launched. Following 23 rollovers in a row, a single ticket sold at De Franca Spar in Ladysmith, KwaZulu-Natal, matched all the numbers.
The winner, who wagered R30 on their tickets, claimed the money a week later. Remarkably, it was the second big payout for a resident of Ladysmith in the space of three months.