One of the lottery champions of South Africa, the SA Powerball is based on the American version of the game, which has earned some serious international popularity with its enormous jackpots. The SA Powerball is run by Ithuba and its very first draw was held back in October 2009. The current jackpot record stands at R145,469,799 (approximately $11 million), which was awarded in 2018. This amazing game is available to South African lottery fans, but also to international players on theLotter, the world-leading lottery messenger service. Play SA Powerball online for a chance to scoop some of the amazing prizes! Try one of the advanced gameplay strategies to boost your odds of winning the game!
How to Play SA Powerball – The Rules of the Game
The rules of the game are simple. To play South Africa Powerball, choose 5 main numbers from 1 to 50 and a Powerball number from 1 to 20. If you match all the main numbers and the Powerball, you win the big jackpot in the game. If you match only some of the main numbers and/or the Powerball, you win one of the SA Powerball secondary prizes.
When Are the SA Powerball Draws?
The SA Powerball draws take place every week on Tuesdays and Fridays at 21:00, local time. When you play the game online you can buy your tickets in advance or even subscribe to the game to make sure you don’t miss any draw. Then, you can check the SA Powerball results on theLotter to find out if you are one of the big winners. The winning numbers are posted soon after each draw.
How to Play SA Powerball Online
SA Powerball is available in South Africa and anywhere in the world, via online lottery messenger service theLotter. All you have to do is create an account and then you can purchase your tickets in a matter of clicks. Then, one of theLotter’s local agents in South Africa will purchase the official tickets on your behalf from authorized retailers. You will receive a scan of the ticket in your account before the draw takes place.
To play SA Powerball on theLotter, you have to select your numbers using the play grid on the site. You can choose them manually or you can click on the Quick Pick option to get a random combination of 5 main numbers and a Powerball for your entry.
The SA Powerball Prizes
The SA Powerball offers 9 prize categories, jackpot included. To win the first prize, you have to guess all the five main numbers and the Powerball. The jackpot is more than half of the entire prize fund and it does not feature a cap, which means that there is no limit to how much it can grow. The current record stands at a whopping R145,469,799.30, which was set in October 2018.
The amount of the prizes in the SA Powerball differs from one draw to another because it is determined according to ticket sales. Each SA Powerball prize represents a percentage of the prize fund. The jackpot has the highest quota and it will be paid out to the winner. If there is more than one jackpot-winning ticket, the prize will be split evenly between the winners.
As for the secondary prizes, these will be paid in full to each person who matches the required number combination. Even if there are more winners for a certain prize category, each of them will receive the entire amount of the prize. In the table below, you can see the full list of SA Powerball prizes, the average amount paid out for each of them, as well as the odds of winning each category.
|Division||Match||Prize Fund %||Average Prize||Winning Odds|
|8th||1+1||10.99%||Fixed R15||1: 57|
|9th||0+1||12.01%||Fixed R10||1: 35|
How to Increase Your Odds of Winning the SA Powerball
As you can see, the SA Powerball offers some very tempting odds of winning. With each ticket you play, you stand a high chance of becoming a winner, but there are some ways you can boost your odds even further. When you play SA Powerball online on theLotter, you have access to some advanced play options which give you a better stand in the game. Here they are:
SA Powerball Syndicates – On theLotter, you can purchase a share in a SA Powerball syndicate to go into the game with a large number of tickets and all for a very affordable price. If one or more of the syndicate tickets is a winner, you will get your share of the prize. Read about some of the biggest syndicate winners to find out just how much this play method can pay off.
SA Powerball Bundles – You don’t have to choose between regular tickets and syndicates when you play on theLotter. You can choose a Bundle pack to get a standard entry, as well as a share in a South Africa Powerball syndicate, and all for a discounted price. Sounds tempting, right?
SA Powerball Systematic Forms – On theLotter, you can try out one of the most complex lottery play method – systematic forms. With this, you can play with every possible combination of 8-12 numbers on your tickets. If you match any of the winning numbers for the SA Powerball, you will have them on several tickets, which means you win more prizes. Get your very own multiplier with systematic forms!
SA Powerball Multi-Draws and Subscriptions – As proven by countless lottery winners, perseverance is the best strategy when it comes to the lottery. Make sure you have a ticket in for every SA Powerball draw with Multi-Draw packages and subscriptions, which also come with some sizable discounts.
SA Powerball Plus
The SA Powerball gives players a second chance to win with Powerball Plus. For an extra R2.50, you can add Powerball Plus to your ticket and enter a separate draw. After the official SA Powerball draw is complete, the Ithuba officials draw another set of 5 main numbers from 1 to 50 and a Powerball from 1 to 20 for Powerball Plus.
If you add the Powerball Plus option to your ticket and match the winning combination from the Plus draw, you can win the Powerball Plus prizes. You enter the draw with the same set of numbers you have chosen for the SA Powerball, but you have an extra chance to win!
Please note that you can’t participate in the Powerball Plus separately. Only after buying your SA Powerball ticket, you can add the Powerball Plus to it and enter this separate draw. The big advantage is that even if you don’t match any of the winning SA Powerball numbers, you can still win the Powerball Plus prizes. In the table below, you can see the full list and the average amounts.
|Division||Match||Prize Fund %||Average Prize||Winning Odds|
|8th||1+1||10.99%||Fixed R7.50||1: 57|
|9th||0+1||12.01%||Fixed R7.50||1: 35|
SA Powerball FAQ
We have prepared a list of the most commonly asked questions about the SA Powerball. Here is everything you need to know.
- How do you play PowerBall Plus in South Africa?
To play Powerball Plus, you have to add this option to your SA Powerball ticket. This will cost you an extra R2.50/ entry and it will enter you in the race for the Powerball Plus prizes.
- What’s the difference between SA PowerBall and Powerball Plus?
The SA Powerball and Powerball Plus are two separate games offered in South Africa. Powerball Plus comes as an extra feature in the SA Powerball and it cannot be played separately. You can play SA Powerball without Powerball Plus, but you cannot play Powerball Plus without entering the Powerball Plus as well. Powerball Plus is drawn separately and it gives SA Powerball players the chance to win a different set of prizes with the same 5 main numbers and Powerball.
- Do 2 numbers in SA PowerBall win anything?
Unfortunately, if you only match 2 main numbers in the SA Powerball, you will not win anything as this is not one of the winning combinations in the game.
- Do you win anything if you only match the Powerball?
Yes, if you only match the Powerball number in the SA Powerball, you will win the 9th prize category, which is worth R10.00.
- How much is one number plus the SA PowerBall worth?
If you match any of the main numbers in the SA Powerball and the Powerball number, you win the 8th prize category, which is worth a fixed R15.00.
- Can you win SA Powerball with one number?
No, if you only match one of the 5 main numbers in the SA Powerball, you will not win any of the prizes in the game.
- How many numbers do you need to win anything in SA Powerball?
The minimum you need to win something in the SA Powerball is to match the Powerball number. This will earn you the 9th prize category, worth R10.00.