POWERBALL AND POWERBALL PLUS | SA NATIONAL LOTTERY
Nine years after the South African National Lottery was established in 2000, Powerball was introduced to South African players in 2009. Developed do deliver higher jackpots and more winners than South African classic 6/49 Lotto, Powerball has become one of the most popular lotteries among players as it provides good odds of winning and awards large jackpots.
By choosing six numbers and buying a ticket, you may take your chance on draws held every Tuesday and Friday with a guaranteed minimum jackpot standing at R3 million. Due to consecutive rollovers, the jackpot value increases dramatically so it may reach over R100 million when over 20 draws in succession end without a top prize winner as each draw generates approximately R13 million in ticket sales which are transferred into the prize pool.
HOW TO PLAY POWERBALL?
To play PowerBall you should choose six numbers per board and if those six numbers are drawn you will be a lucky jackpot winner. In order to be eligible for the PowerBall prizes, you should first find a valid PowerBall betslip and by using a pencil, you should choose 5 numbers from 1 to 45 and an extra number from 1 to 20. After you have made your combination, take your betslip to an approved Lottery retailer and make your payment. You may also play the game by choosing the Quick Pick option thus letting the computer chooses 6 random lucky numbers for you.
You are allowed to play as many boards as you want but you may also opt for the Multi-Draw option allowing you to play the same numbers over multiple draws. A single PowerBall combination is available at R5. Upon payment, you will receive a receipt with all your chosen numbers, so make sure you write your name on the back of the receipt. To check out if you are a lucky winner, you should watch live PowerBall Draws broadcast on ETV every Tuesday and Friday at 21h00. The game uses two machines, one draws the balls from 1 to 45 while another draws a single ball from 1 to 20.
You can play PowerBall if you are at least 18 years old. Tickets for PowerBall are sold from Monday to Saturday and they can be purchased 30 minutes before a draw takes place at R5 per combination. In order to claim your prize, you need to fill in your details on the back of the winning ticket so that the National Lottery can later validate the ticket. The claim of the prize has to be submitted within 365 days since the corresponding PowerBall draw has taken place.
HOW TO PLAY POWERBALL PLUS?
PowerBall Plus was launched on 28 November 2015 and it is basically another chance to win at just R2.50. It offers a simple gameplay as all you have to to do is to tick the checkbox and select Powerball Plus. Just as in classic PowerBall, you have to choose five numbers from 1 to 45 and a lucky number between 1 and 20. If you don't feel like choosing numbers, you can opt for the Quick Pick option and the system will select six random numbers on your behalf.
To play Powerball Plus you need a valid betslip which can be obtained at any National Lottery retailer and after you have chosen your lucky numbers and have paid the ticket, you should keep your receipt and fill in your details on the back. To be sure that tickets you purchase are valid, you should buy them at approved retailers or via mail subscription agents. You are allowed to play as many boards as you like or you can choose the Multi-Draw option which allows you to keep playing the same numbers over different draws.
The PowerBall Plus tickets can be bought between Mondays and Sundays but you should remember that on Tuesday and Friday evenings ticket can be purchased half an hour before draws take place. PowerBall Plus draws use two machines just as the classic PowerBall game. Five balls are drawn by the machine with 45 balls while another draws one out of 20 balls. In order to win, you should match at least three numbers and if you are aiming for the top prize, you need to match all six number on your ticket including an extra number.
PowerBall Plus takes place after the PowerBall drawing on Tuesday and Friday nights at 21h00. Draws are broadcast on ETV and if you happen to win, you need to get your ticked validated by the National Lottery commission within one calendar year since the day you have purchased it.
WHY PLAY POWERBALL AND POWERBALL PLUS?
PowerBall has become a South African favourite form of gambling in the last few years due to large jackpot prizes and high odds of winning. It offers a simple gameplay as you need to match at least three numbers or if you want to win the top jackpot prize, you are to match all the numbers including an extra number. The top prize is considered division one while the second biggest PowerBall prize is the division two prize which is awarded for having chosen five main numbers correctly. The game offers nine overall divisions both in PowerBall and PowerBall Plus with 1 winning ticket in every 18 sold tickets.
The jackpots roll over until they are won and the top PowerBall prize ever claimed was over R100,000,000 which was won on May 31st 2011. The jackpot was won by a young man from the Free State province.
THE NATIONAL LOTTERY OPERATOR
Since 2015, the official operator of the National Lottery is Ithuba, a company licensed by the National Lottery commission to operate, conduct and promote all the Lottery games in the Republic of South Africa. All rules and regulations regarding PowerBall and PowerBall Plus can be found on the Ithuba website as well as the results of the draws taken.