How to Play Powerball Plus
Powerball Plus draws take place on Tuesday and Friday evenings at 9.00pm, straight after the main Powerball game is played. The game offers players’ Powerball numbers another chance to win in a separate draw for an additional R2.50 per line, making it a supplementary game to Powerball which cannot be played on its own. Players select their Powerball line as usual by picking five main numbers from 1 to 50 and then one Powerball from a separate number pool of 1 to 20, before marking the Powerball Plus option on their Powerball ticket.
The Powerball Plus draw takes place after the main Powerball draw and there are nine prize tiers, so players can win anything from R5 for matching just the Powerball up to the jackpot for matching five main numbers plus the Powerball. The prize tiers, odds of winning and share of the prize pool can be found in this table.
|Prize Divisions||Numbers Matched||Winning Odds||Percentage of Prize Fund|
|Level 1||5 + Powerball||1:42,375,200||54.46%|
|Level 3||4 + Powerball||1:188,344||2.50%|
|Level 5||3 + Powerball||1:4,280||4.80%|
|Level 7||2 + Powerball||1:299||3.00%|
|Level 8||1 + Powerball||1:57||10.99%|
Overall odds of winning a South Africa Powerball Plus prize are 1 in 18.
Jackpots can grow to huge amounts as the top prize rolls over to the next draw every time it is not won. Players have 365 days from the date of a draw to claim any prizes; after this period of time has passed and no winner has come forward, 50 percent of the unclaimed funds will be transferred to the National Lottery Distribution Trust to be used for good causes.
Playing at a Local Retailer
There are a large number of authorised retailers in South Africa who sell Powerball tickets, and to enter Powerball Plus it is just a case of marking off the option on your betslip and paying a small extra fee. You will have to make sure your ticket is stored in a safe place as you will need to show it to lottery officials in order to claim any prize. It is also recommended that that you sign the back of your Powerball ticket to make sure that nobody else can cash it in if you lose the ticket or it is stolen.