Powerball is one of the most popular lotteries in South Africa. It offers an uncapped jackpot that surpasses R100 million and a variety of smaller cash prizes. The jackpot increases every time there is a drawing where no Powerball-winning jackpot ticket was sold. These tickets may be bought daily, with the ticket sales ending 30 minutes before every draw and reopening soon after for the next game. 

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How Powerball Drawings work

In South Africa, Powerball draws are typically held every Friday and Tuesday at 9.00 pm SAST. These draws are followed closely by Powerball Plus, a draw that offers participants another chance to win millions. There is no guarantee that a Powerball jackpot will be awarded in every draw. If no participant selects all winning numbers, the jackpot will be rolled over to the next draw, increasing its value. As the jackpot’s value increases, a bigger percentage of the potential number combinations are sold to new entrants. This makes it nearly impossible for a draw to be held without a winner. The easiest way to check whether you are a winner is by entering your chosen Powerball numbers to find out how many you have successfully matched in drawings over the one year.

How Does Powerball Payout Work in South Africa

When Powerball was introduced to the South African population, the Powerball jackpot draw required participants to choose five main numbers ranging from 1 to 50 plus one “Powerball” number between 1 to 20 for an entry fee of R5 with each board. Prizes are won by matching your main numbers. Matches of the “Powerball” number win higher prizes.

How Many Numbers Do You Need To Win The Powerball in South Africa?

To play Powerball successfully, you must match the numbers you have chosen with those drawn in the lottery. The more numbers you match, the bigger your prize will be. You must match all your five main numbers with the Powerball number to win the jackpot. Powerball is similar to a two-drum lottery game. While the first drum holds 50 white balls, the other holds 20 red balls. Out of these, only a single red ball will be drawn. That red ball is referred to as the Powerball. When you purchase your ticket in South Africa, you pick five numbers. These numbers will be drawn from the first drum containing the white balls plus one Powerball number. After that, the winning Powerball number is drawn from the red balls in the second drum. You may choose your Powerball numbers or use “Quick Pick,” which randomly draws your numbers for you.

Powerball Odds and Prizes

Powerball odds and prizes are different with each draw. They typically depend on whether the jackpot was hit and the overall number of winning participants. The ticket sales amount may also determine the odds and prizes. There are fixed payout divisions, that is, when you score results as 1/5 or 0/5 both with Powerball. All Powerball jackpot prizes are rounded off to the nearest R1. You may win once with every entry filled with the precise results of Powerball. Other payouts may be rounded off to the nearest 10 cents. It is important to note that the expected jackpot rollover may be anonymous up until the date of the drawing. 

There are two ways of entering a Powerball draw; online and in-store.

How to Enter Powerball Through Online

  • Begin by opening a Powerball lottery account and deposit some funds into it.
  • Pick five numbers from 1 to 50 on the first board and one Powerball number between 1 and 20.
  • Repeat this process for as many boards as you desire to play.
  • Choose the number of draws you would want to enter.
  • Finally, confirm your entry and pay for them.

How to Enter Powerball Through In-store/Off-line

If you are not an online person, you may get your ticket from any authorized lottery dealer in your area anywhere in South Africa. Powerball costs about R5 per board, while Powerball plus incurs an additional R2.50 to enter. Here’s how to play Powerball in-store or offline in South Africa.

  • Visit an authorized lottery dealer shop and collect a Powerball ticket.
  • If you wish to enter Powerball Plus, look out for the “Powerball Plus” box at the top of your bet slip.
  • Starting with the board marked A, mark five numbers from 1 to 50 in the first grid and one number from 1 to 20 in the second grid.
  • Repeat that process on as many boards as you’d like to play.
  • Select how many draws you’d like to enter at the top of your slip.
  • Give the shop assistant your bet slip and pay for each entry.
  • Write your name on the back side of the receipt given to you by the assistant.

You can now play Powerball using this procedure for a chance to win.