Powerball was originally introduced in the United States in the year 1992. In South Africa, the lottery system was established in 2000 when the first Powerball draw took place. Back then, this was coordinated by Uthingo. The National Lottery is now managed by ITHUBA Holdings. Powerball has been growing at a rapid pace in the last few years as the payouts are more.

There are certain eligibility requirements in place for people to purchase a ticket. Firstly, you need to be a minimum of 18 years old. You can only buy tickets from authorized retailers and participating banks. If you wish to purchase a ticket online, you need to hold an account with ABSA, Nedbank, FNB, and Standard Account. Otherwise, you need to be registered on the website of the South African National Lottery and hold residency in South Africa.

Initially, the system in place for Powerball called for players to select 5 numbers from 1 to 45. Additionally, you could choose one “Powerball” number from 1 to 20 for an entry fee. When you match the Powerball number winning prizes with your first 5 selected numbers, you could win prizes. When all 5 numbers are matched, the winner gets the top prize. The highest prize that was claimed was of R91,068,427.

After 2015, there were a few changes made so that there could be more opportunities to win. One example is that if you match only the Powerball number, you are eligible to win. Furthermore, the main balls were increased from 45 to 50 in number.

Powerball results

The latest Powerball winning numbers are released here shortly after each draw has taken place every Tuesday and Friday. You can view the number of winners and the prize amounts.

How to play

The game of PowerBall is played by choosing five different numbers between one and fifty, followed by choosing one ‘PowerBall’ number between one and twenty. In the draw, a number is declared one after the other and the players are supposed to match them against the numbers they have marked on their respective betslips. The prizes are awarded as per nine divisions based on the number of matches. The jackpot is won by matching all five numbers along with the PowerBall number.

Price of entering a PowerBall board is R5. The draw takes place on Tuesdays and Fridays at 9 PM.

Powerball divisions

Match combination Odds Prize Pool (%) Payout (%)
5 balls + Powerball 1 : 42,375,200 54.46% 26.14%
5 balls 1 : 2,230,274 4.00% 1.92%
4 balls + Powerball 1 : 188,334 2.50% 1.20%
4 balls 1 : 9,912 4.24% 2.04%
3 balls + Powerball 1 : 4,280 4.80% 2.30%
3 balls 1 : 225 4.00% 1.92%
2 balls + Powerball 1 : 299 3.00% 1.44%
1 ball + Powerball 1 : 57 10.99% 5.27%
Powerball 1 : 35 12.01% 5.77%
Overall odds of winning a prize is 1:18

Powerball FAQ

Here are some frequently asked questions to help you know more about PowerBall:
PowerBall draws are done at 9 PM every Tuesday and Friday.
The price per board for playing PowerBall is R5.
For winning in Division 1 (matching 5 main numbers along with the PowerBall number), the odds to win are 1 in 42,375,200. The odds to win in the next best divisions are 1 in 2,230,274 for Division 2 (matching only 5 main numbers), 1 in 188,334 for Division 3 (matching 4 main numbers along with the PowerBall number), 1 in 9,912 for Division 4 (matching only 4 main numbers), 1 in 4,280 for Division 5 (matching 3 main numbers along with the PowerBall number), 1 in 225 for Division 6 (matching only 3 main numbers), 1 in 299 for Division 7 (matching 2 main numbers along with the PowerBall number) and 1 in 57 for Division 8 (matching 1 main number along with the PowerBall number).
PowerBall began in 23rd October 2009 as an initiative taken by Gidani, the lottery operator of that time to create another platform for players to win in millions. In the first draw, the prize of the jackpot was R30 million and was won in that draw itself.
The biggest jackpot amount has been R232 million, won by a lucky winner from Cape Town in February 2019. All the main numbers, as well as the PowerBall number, were matched in that draw.

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