How to Play Powerball

Powerball differs from Lotto and Lotto Plus in that it is a double matrix game requiring players to choose five main numbers from a pool of 50 plus a single secondary number from a separate ball pool of 1 to 20. Unlike other lotto games which use a ball from the secondary pool as a ‘Bonus Ball’, the secondary number - or Powerball – is an integral part of the game. In order to win the jackpot, a player must successfully match all five main numbers and the Powerball. A player can select their own numbers or choose the Quick Pick option which provides the player with a selection of randomly generated numbers.

To give your numbers another chance to win prizes, tick the Powerball Plus option and they will be entered into the supplementary draw at a cost of R2.50 per line. See the Powerball Plus page to find out more information about the game.

Prize tiers are as follows:

Divisions Numbers Matched Winning Odds Percentage of Prize Fund
Level 1 5 + Powerball 1:42,375,200 54.46%
Level 2 5 1:2,230,274 4.00%
Level 3 4 + Powerball 1:188,334 2.50%
Level 4 4 1:9,912 4.24%
Level 5 3 + Powerball 1:4,280 4.80%
Level 6 3 1:225 4.00%
Level 7 2 + Powerball 1:299 3.00%
Level 8 1 + Powerball 1:57 10.99%
Level 9 Powerball 1:35 12.01%

The overall odds of winning any Powerball prize are 1 in 18.

Powerball draws take place on Tuesday and Friday evenings at 9.00pm and details of the winning numbers and prize breakdown are available online the following morning. Tickets can be purchased in advance for up to ten draws covering a five-week period - i.e. one or two draws per week for up to five weeks.

If the jackpot is not won then the funds will continue to roll over until there is a jackpot winner. Winning tickets are valid for 365 days after the draw and prizes are paid out as a tax-free lump sum.

Playing Powerball Online

Players who are resident overseas or unable to visit an authorised retailer can buy South Africa Powerball tickets via lottery concierge service at the Buy Tickets page.

Playing at a Local Retailer

Tickets for Powerball can be purchased in person from a wide network of authorised retailers throughout South Africa. If purchasing a ticket from a retailer, please ensure that you keep your ticket safe as you will need to present it to lottery officials in the event that you win a prize. It is also very important that you sign the back of your ticket as, if you lose it, your prize could be claimed by the finder of the ticket if it is unsigned.