Powerball is one of South Africa’s most popular lottery games and has the highest minimum guaranteed jackpot.
Powerball draws take place twice weekly on Tuesdays and Fridays at 21:00 local time. Ticket sales close 30 minutes before the draw and reopen after the result has been published.
Entry into Powerball costs ZAR 5.00.
To play, choose five main numbers between 1 and 50, plus a Powerball number between 1 and 20. Players can manually select their own numbers or go for a Quick Pick for randomly generated numbers.
Powerball PLUS is available for an extra ZAR 2.50. This option enters the same numbers into a second draw for a chance to win a range of cash prizes.
Players who enter Powerball via certain Lottery Agent websites can also select System Entry to increase their chances of winning.
Powerball has a minimum guaranteed jackpot of ZAR 3 million.
Powerball has unlimited rollovers and does not have a jackpot cap.
The biggest ever Powerball jackpots are:
- ZAR 232 million on February 19, 2019.
- ZAR 114.2 million on November 26, 2019.
- ZAR 102 million on June 3, 2011.
All of the biggest Powerball jackpots were won by single ticket holders!
Odds and Prizes
The odds of winning the Powerball jackpot are 1 in 24,435,180, which are excellent odds in comparison to other mainstream global Powerball games.
Players can win Powerball prizes at nine different prize tiers, and if there are no winners at a designated secondary prize tier, the fund rolls down further.
|Prize category||Numbers Matched||Winning Odds||Winning Odds %|
|1||5, plus Powerball||1 in 24,435,180||0.000004|
|2||5||1 in 1,286,062||0.00008|
|3||4, plus Powerball||1 in 122,176||0.0008|
|4||4||1 in 6,430||0.016|
|5||3, plus Powerball||1 in 3,133||0.03|
|6||3||1 in 165||0.6|
|7||2, plus Powerball||1 in 247||0.4|
|8||1, plus Powerball||1 in 53||1.89|
|9||Powerball Only||1 in 38||2.63|
Payout and Taxes
Powerball prize winners have up to 365 days to make a claim, with unclaimed prizes being split 50/50 between the prize pool and subsequent donations to good causes.
Powerball jackpot prizes are always paid out as lump sums only. Lottery winnings in South Africa are not subject to taxation.
Players who enter Powerball from abroad should also check local tax laws to find out if they need to declare winnings at home.
Who Can Play Powerball?
Players must be at least 18 years of age to buy Powerball tickets.
Tickets can be purchased at authorized lottery outlets across South Africa, on the official National Lottery website or via the official app.
Players from abroad can play Powerball at selected Lottery Agent websites.
History of Powerball
The first Powerball draw took place in October 2009, and while Lotto remains the most popular lottery game in South Africa, Powerball is growing rapidly due to larger jackpots and better odds of winning secondary prizes.