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How to Play PowerBall

PowerBall draws take place every Tuesday and Friday evening, offering you the chance to win jackpots that can reach more than R100 million. Discover the latest PowerBall results, as well as information on how to play and the prizes you could win.

PowerBall draws are scheduled for approximately 21:00 on Tuesdays and Fridays, with ticket sales closing 30 minutes before each draw. To play, choose five numbers between 1 and 50, plus a PowerBall number between 1 and 20, with the aim of matching your numbers to the winning ones drawn in the lottery. Here is how to enter PowerBall through a retailer or online:

Online

  • Open an online lottery account and deposit funds into it.
  • On the first board, choose five numbers between 1 and 50, then one PowerBall number from 1 to 20.
  • Repeat for as many boards as you would like to play.
  • Select how many draws you want to enter.
  • Confirm and pay for your entry.

In-Store

  • Visit any authorised lottery retailer and collect a PowerBall betslip.
  • If you would also like to enter PowerBall Plus, check the “PowerBall Plus” box at the top of the slip.
  • Starting with board A, mark five numbers between 1 and 50 in the first grid, and then mark one number between 1 and 20 in the second grid. You can also opt for a random set of numbers by checking the “Quick Pick” box.
  • Do the same for as many boards as you want to play.
  • Choose the number of draws you would like to enter by marking one of the boxes at the top of the betslip. You do not have to do this if you are entering just one draw.
  • Take your betslip to a retail assistant and pay for your entries.
  • Write your name on the back of the receipt you are given.

PowerBall entries cost R5 per board, with the supplementary PowerBall Plus game costing an additional R2.50. There are other ways to play PowerBall, including through your cell phone and even through certain participating banks. Visit the How to Play section to find out more.

Prizes and Odds of Winning

You must match all five numbers and the PowerBall to win the jackpot, but you can win a prize even for just matching the PowerBall on its own. The table below shows how many numbers you need to match to win in each prize division, as well as the odds of winning:

PowerBall Prizes and Odds
Prize Division Numbers Matched Odds of Winning* Percentage of Prize Pool Average Prize
for the past 365 days’ draws
1 5 + PowerBall 1 in 42,375,200 70.73% R52,273,013.08
2 5 1 in 2,230,274 5.19% R201,381.16
3 4 + PowerBall 1 in 188,334 3.25% R18,004.15
4 4 1 in 9,912 5.51% R1,066.46
5 3 + PowerBall 1 in 4,280 6.23% R514.67
6 3 1 in 225 5.19% R22.15
7 2 + PowerBall 1 in 299 3.9% R22.04
8 1 + PowerBall 1 in 57 Fixed R15 R15.00
9 PowerBall Only 1 in 35 Fixed R10 R10.00
* The overall odds of winning a PowerBall prize are 1 in 18

The prizes in the eighth and ninth division are fixed at R15 and R10 respectively. The prizes in the upper seven divisions are pari-mutuel, meaning each division receives a percentage of the total Prize Pool. Fixed prizes are paid out first, with the remainder of the Prize Pool divided between the seven other divisions according to the percentages in the table. The value of a prize in these divisions can vary, depending on how many winners there are and how much money is in the Prize Pool.

Do you think you’ve won a PowerBall prize? Visit the How to Claim page to find out more about claiming prizes, whether you played online, with your bank or through a retailer.

Find out more about PowerBall in the frequently asked questions below. Visit the general FAQs page for more information about playing lotteries in South Africa.

The winning PowerBall numbers are drawn at approximately 21:00 every Tuesday and Friday.

PowerBall draws take place every Tuesday and Friday evening, offering you the chance to win jackpots that can reach more than R100 million! Find out more here.

Draw Date

Jackpot Winners

Match 5 +
Power Play

$2 Million Winners

Match 5

$1 Million Winners

  • Winning Numbers
  • Past Drawings
  • Total Winners

Total Number of Winners

Match
POWERBALL
  • 0
  • 0
  • 0
  • 0
  • 0
  • 0
  • 0
  • 0
  • 0
Power Play
  • N/A
  • 0
  • 0
  • 0
  • 0
  • 0
  • 0
  • 0
  • 0

There are 9 ways to win a prize in Powerball®.
All prizes are set cash amounts, except the Grand Prize.
In California, prize payout amounts are pari-mutuel and determined by sales and the number of winners.

Match
Prize
  • Grand Prize
  • $1 Million
  • $50,000
  • $100
  • $100
  • $7
  • $7
  • $4
  • $4
Power Play 2x
  • Grand Prize
  • $2 Million
  • $100,000
  • $200
  • $200
  • $14
  • $14
  • $8
  • $8
Power Play 3x
  • Grand Prize
  • $2 Million
  • $150,000
  • $300
  • $300
  • $21
  • $21
  • $12
  • $12
Power Play 4x
  • Grand Prize
  • $2 Million
  • $200,000
  • $400
  • $400
  • $28
  • $28
  • $16
  • $16
Power Play 5x
  • Grand Prize
  • $2 Million
  • $250,000
  • $500
  • $500
  • $35
  • $35
  • $20
  • $20
Power Play 10x
  • Grand Prize
  • $2 Million
  • $500,000
  • $1,000
  • $1,000
  • $70
  • $70
  • $40
  • $40

Powerball Prizes

Match
Prize
  • Grand Prize
  • $1 Million
  • $50,000
  • $100
  • $100
  • $7
  • $7
  • $4
  • $4
Power Play 2x
  • Grand Prize
  • $2 Million
  • $100,000
  • $200
  • $200
  • $14
  • $14
  • $8
  • $8
Power Play 3x
  • Grand Prize
  • $2 Million
  • $150,000
  • $300
  • $300
  • $21
  • $21
  • $12
  • $12
Power Play 4x
  • Grand Prize
  • $2 Million
  • $200,000
  • $400
  • $400
  • $28
  • $28
  • $16
  • $16
Power Play 5x
  • Grand Prize
  • $2 Million
  • $250,000
  • $500
  • $500
  • $35
  • $35
  • $20
  • $20
Power Play 10x
  • Grand Prize
  • $2 Million
  • $500,000
  • $1,000
  • $1,000
  • $70
  • $70
  • $40
  • $40

Powerball Odds

Match
Prize
  • Grand Prize
  • $1 Million
  • $50,000
  • $100
  • $100
  • $7
  • $7
  • $4
  • $4
  • 1 in 292,201,338.00
  • 1 in 11,688,053.52
  • 1 in 913,129.18
  • 1 in 36,525.17
  • 1 in 14,494.11
  • 1 in 579.76
  • 1 in 701.33
  • 1 in 91.98
  • 1 in 38.32

Odds When 10X Multiplier is Available

POWER PLAY
  • 10x
  • 5x
  • 4x
  • 3x
  • 2x
PRIZE TIMES POWER PLAY
  • Prize Won Times 10
  • Prize Won Times 5
  • Prize Won Times 4
  • Prize Won Times 3
  • Prize Won Times 2
  • 1 in 43
  • 1 in 21.5
  • 1 in 14.33
  • 1 in 3.31
  • 1 in 1.79

Odds When 10X Multiplier is Not Available

POWER PLAY
  • 5x
  • 4x
  • 3x
  • 2x
PRIZE TIMES POWER PLAY
  • Prize Won Times 5
  • Prize Won Times 4
  • Prize Won Times 3
  • Prize Won Times 2
  • 1 in 21
  • 1 in 14
  • 1 in 3.23
  • 1 in 1.75

Powerball® costs $2 per play.

Select five numbers from 1 to 69 for the white balls; then select one number from 1 to 26 for the red Powerball.

Choose your numbers on a play slip or let the lottery terminal randomly pick your numbers.

The Powerball jackpot grows until it is won.

Players win a prize by matching one of the 9 Ways to Win.

Where

Powerball is played in 45 states, Washington DC, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands!

Powerball drawings are held every Wednesday and Saturday at 10:59 p.m. ET.

Sales cut-off times vary by one to two hours before the drawing, depending on the selling jurisdiction.

To find out where to watch the drawings, click here.

Power Play

Ask for Power Play® with your Powerball purchase!

For an additional $1 per play, the Power Play feature can multiply non-jackpot prizes by 2, 3, 4, 5 or 10 times!

The multiplier number is randomly selected just before each drawing.

The 10X multiplier is only in play when the advertised jackpot annuity is $150 million or less.

The Match 5 prize with Power Play is always $2 million.

Multi-Draw

Play the same set of numbers in multiple drawings!

Select the number of consecutive drawings you want to play in the Multi-Draw or Advance Play section of your play slip or tell the retailer how many drawings you wish to play.

The number of Multi-Draws or Advance Plays available for purchase is dependent on the selling jurisdiction.

How TALL

A Powerball jackpot of $40 million may not seem like much, but ask yourself this – is $40 million really a small amount of money? Is the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. a small building?

If you were to stack $100 bills, take a look at the heights the money would reach at each estimated jackpot amount.

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