The American Powerball game is by far one of the most exciting lotteries around, with jackpots that have previously exceeded $1.5 billion (approximately R23 billion)!
There are nine divisions in each draw, each with different odds and prizes available. What's more, it couldn't be easier to play online from South Africa, thanks to trusted concierge and betting websites.
On this page you can find predictions for the next draw, information on how to play online and details on the different prizes that you can win.
Predictions for the next USA Powerball draw
Using predictions to choose your USA Powerball numbers is a popular method for players in South Africa and around the world. Of course, the predictions do not guarantee any kind of win. They are based statistically on the winning numbers from previous draws when jackpots have been won. Take a look at the prediction for Saturday's U.S. Powerball draw:
Please be aware that the predicted numbers for U.S. Powerball shown above are in no way guaranteed to win a prize. The numbers are the outcome of in-depth statistical analysis of previous winning numbers drawn.
How to Play U.S Powerball From South Africa
Playing the U.S. Powerball is fast, easy and comes with the added convenience of it being available online to South African players. Within a few taps, you can set up your account and start choosing your lucky numbers for the next draw.
When you buy your tickets online, it works the same way as if you were purchasing a physical ticket in-store in the USA. You pick the same amount of numbers and win the same prizes offered in the draw. Check out the step-by-step instructions below to get started.
- Sign up for an online account - it's simple to do and secure.
- Choose five main numbers from 1-69 plus one red Powerball number from 1-26. Alternatively you can select a Quick Pick.
- Decide how many draws to enter - you can enter a single draw or opt for the convenience of a subscription.
- Once you're happy with your numbers, head to the checkout and pay for your tickets securely. Your numbers can then be accessed at any time in your account.
- Sit back and wait for the draw! You can check your numbers on the USA Powerball results page from 6am (SAST) onwards on Thursdays and Sundays.
One of the many benefits of playing the American Powerball game online is that you can't lose your ticket, as it's stored automatically in your online account. What's more, you don't even need to remember to check the results, as they're automatically checked after a draw takes place and you receive an email if you win a prize!
Claiming U.S. Powerball Prizes Online
There are thousands of winners in every Powerball draw, and claiming a prize online is just as easy as it would be in-store. Prizes that are won are the same as those offered in the draw in the USA if you had bought a ticket in a store.
When you create your account and deposit funds, you will see a list of payment methods available, all of which are commonly used and well known.
You should allow up to 72 hours for your funds to arrive from your online account to your chosen banking method.
U.S. Powerball Prizes, Divisions and Odds
In total, there are nine different prize divisions in each U.S. Powerball draw, ranging from Division 1 (Jackpot) to Division 9 (Match 0 + Powerball). Each division has different odds, with prizes varying from millions of dollars to $4. Take a look at what you can win when you play online:
|Division||Numbers Matched||Prize Amount||Odds of Winning|
|1||5 main numbers plus Powerball||Jackpot (variable)||1 in 292,201,338|
|2||5 main numbers||$1 million||1 in 1,688,054|
|3||4 main numbers plus Powerball||$50,000||1 in 913,129|
|4||4 main numbers||$100||1 in 36,525|
|5||3 main numbers plus Powerball||$100||1 in 14,494|
|6||3 main numbers||$7||1 in 580|
|7||2 main numbers plus Powerball||$7||1 in 701|
|8||1 main number plus Powerball||$4||1 in 92|
|9||0 main numbers plus Powerball||$4||1 in 38|
How the U.S. Powerball Works
Due to the vast amount of tickets that get sold thanks to being a large multi-state game, the U.S. Powerball works on a rolling jackpot mechanism with no cap. This means that, as draws roll over without a winner, the top prize gradually increases until it is won. Back in January 2016, three lucky ticket holders from California, Florida and Tennessee managed to match the winning combination to split a record-breaking $1,586,400,000 Powerball jackpot. To date, this is the biggest lottery prize ever offered in the U.S., and each ticket took the cash option to receive their one third share of the pot.
On Wednesday and Saturday nights at around 11pm Eastern Time, a live drawing takes place in front of independent auditors and is broadcast on TV stations across the United States. Five white balls are first drawn from the drum, followed by a single red Powerball from a second drum. The game is draw-based and does not use a RNG (Random Number Generator).
Once the winning numbers have been drawn, all entries submitted by each participating state across the country are checked to see if there were any top prize winners. If there is a jackpot winner, the winning location is released and the winner/(s) have a set amount of time to claim their prize, depending on the state their ticket was purchased in. If the jackpot was not won, it rolls over to the next draw and the estimated value of the jackpot is published.
By playing online, you are automatically notified in the event of a win. If you are lucky enough to hit the multi-million dollar jackpot, an agent from the website you purchase your tickets through will contact you to arrange the payment of your prize to you.