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:
- 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.
- Visit any authorised lottery retailer and collect a PowerBall betslip.
- If you would also like to enter PowerBall Plus, check the вЂњPowerBall PlusвЂќ 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:
|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%||R48,716,545.91|
|2||5||1 in 2,230,274||5.19%||R205,365.70|
|3||4 + PowerBall||1 in 188,334||3.25%||R18,056.36|
|4||4||1 in 9,912||5.51%||R1,061.84|
|5||3 + PowerBall||1 in 4,280||6.23%||R513.54|
|6||3||1 in 225||5.19%||R22.12|
|7||2 + PowerBall||1 in 299||3.9%||R22.01|
|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 youвЂ™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.
How to Play Powerball
To play Powerball, you must select five main numbers between 1 and 69 and one Powerball from 1 to 26. Draws take place on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 10:59pm EST, and the price per line is $2. You can also add the Power Play option to your ticket for an additional $1, which will multiply any non-jackpot prizes you win by up to 10 times their original value.
Play at an Authorized Retailer
You can buy tickets from authorized retailers in any of the participating jurisdictions. The game is available in 45 states, as well as Washington D.C., the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico. It is easy to take part, and you just have to follow the steps below:
How To Fill Out A Ticket
Follow our step-by-step guide below to find out how to fill out your Powerball ticket when playing in-store. You can also use Quick Picks to help you decide on your number if you would prefer.
Visit the retailer of your choice and pick up a playslip.
Select five numbers from 1 to 69, plus one Powerball between 1 and 26. Alternatively, opt for a Quick Pick to have them randomly generated for you.
Decide whether to add the Power Play option.
Choose to enter just the next draw or multiple consecutive draws.
Pay for your ticket and keep it safe until the draw.
You can purchase tickets without being a resident of the state in which you are playing, but you must be the minimum age to play, which varies by state. Go to the Rules page to find out about the age restrictions in different states.
You can buy tickets seven days a week until the cut-off time on the night of the drawings. The cut-off time for ticket sales varies in each jurisdiction but is typically one to two hours before each draw.
You can also enter several games on one ticket, giving you multiple chances of winning. There is a section on your playslip where you can select how many draws you wish to enter. Just mark the relevant box to specify how many consecutive draws you would like to play. The maximum number of draws you can enter in advance varies from state to state.
Each Powerball line costs $2, but the total price of your ticket will depend on how many games you play, how many consecutive draws you enter and whether you have added the Power Play option.
How to Play Powerball with Power Play
Power Play is an optional add-on that costs an extra $1 per game. For example, if you want to enter just one line of Powerball numbers with Power Play, it will cost $3. To add it to your ticket, just select the Power Play box on your playslip. It is available in all participating jurisdictions apart from California.
If you win a prize with Power Play, any non-jackpot winnings on your Powerball ticket are multiplied by 2, 3, 4, 5 or 10 (the 10x Power Play multiplier is only available when the jackpot is an estimated $150 million or less). The only exception is the ‘Match 5’ prize, which is always doubled to $2 million, regardless of the Power Play number drawn.
The multiplier is selected at random just before each drawing. Go to the prizes page to see the expected payouts when you opt in to Power Play.
You must claim any Powerball prizes in the state in which your ticket was purchased. In general, you can claim a prize of up to $600 from any licensed lottery retailer. Above that value, the rules for claiming a Powerball prize differ by state but it is likely that you will need to visit a local lottery office or headquarters. Find out more about how to collect your money on the How to Claim Winnings page.
If you played online, prizes are paid directly into your player account. You can then withdraw the funds or use them to enter future draws.
How to Play Online
Powerball tickets are available over the internet in some of the participating jurisdictions, and you can also take part in the game from overseas by choosing numbers online. Follow these steps to get started:
Create an account. Select any of the ‘Pick Numbers’ banners on Powerball.net. You will then be able to set up an online account.
Pick your numbers. You can select your own numbers вЂ“ five main numbers from 1 to 69 and one Powerball from 1 to 26 вЂ“ or use the ‘Quick Pick’ option to have a random selection picked for you.
Confirm your purchase. Once you are happy with your numbers, select the вЂAdd to CartвЂ™ button and pay for your entries.
Check the results. The latest numbers are available on Powerball.net soon after each draw. Visit the Numbers page for more information.
Email notification. If you win a prize, you will receive an email with the details. You can also check in your online lottery account to see if you are a winner.
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To play Powerball, you need to select five main numbers from 1 to 69 and a Powerball number from 1 to 26. Learn how to play here.