Play USA Powerball in South Africa

Powerball is the king lotteries and the USA Powerball is one of the highest paying lotteries anywhere in the world. It also holds the record for having paid out the highest ever jackpot lottery recorded to date. This American lottery has been around for nearly three decades, having been formed in 1992. Powerball is offered in 45 states of the US states and also in the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S Virgin Islands.

US Powerball is managed and operated by an organization called the MUSL (Multi-State Lottery Association). This organization was formed when various lobbyists and American corporations agreed on a contract for its making.

Instead of listing the 45 states that participate in the Powerball lottery, it would be much easier to list the 6 states that don’t partake, these states are Alabama, Alaska, Hawaii, Nevada, Utah and now Idaho. However, residents of these states are not prohibited to participate or buy Powerball tickets, they simply cannot buy them at land-based retailers in these states.

In terms of the history of the Powerball, this world-famous lottery stems from a game known as Lotto America. Lotto America was also a multi-state American lottery and it was rebranded to Powerball in 1992. The first-ever Powerball draw took place on April 22, 1992.

Lottery players these days are accustomed to lotteries having two drums from which hosts draw the winning lottery numbers. However, in the past, there was only one draw until the Powerball lottery introduced a second drum and changed the trend in lotteries across the world. The second drum wasn’t just for the novelty, it actually allowed higher jackpot odds and various different prize offerings through a single draw.

Over the years, the Powerball lottery has seen a number of amendments that range from changes to its formats to changes in where the draws take place and who hosts the draws. Format changes happened in 2012 and again in 2015. The latest amendments made to the Powerball were measures taken in 2021 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. These measures included a temporary reset in the jackpot amount from $40 million to $20 million with at least a $2 million rollover for each drawing where there was no jackpot winner. This was done to thwart large gatherings of people at land-based ticket-selling venues.

In March of 2021, Powerball announced plans to expand their lottery to other countries such as Australia and the United Kingdom. This expansion plan however resulted in the State of Idaho withdrawing from participating in the Powerball after 30 years of participation. Find out about other international lotteries you can play from South Africa.

Is it Possible to Play USA Powerball from South Africa?

As per the official regulatory framework established by the Multi-State Lottery Association, Powerball is not restricted only to US citizens or US residents. Therefore, if you are a South African national, you can participate in the USA Powerball. You don’t even have to live in the US to be able to play Powerball. The only requirement is that the player is of legal age, and the legal age could be defined depending on the jurisdiction of purchase. For example, if you buy a Powerball ticket in Colorado, then you need to be at least 21 years, in California, a 16-year-old can legally buy a Powerball ticket.

The most convenient option for South African players to play Powerball is by using third-party online lottery services.

As per the official regulatory framework established by the Multi-State Lottery Association, the Powerball is not restricted only to US citizens or US residents. Therefore, if you are a South African national, you can participate in the USA Powerball. You don’t even have to live in the US to be able to play Powerball. The only requirement is that the player is of legal age, and the legal age could be defined depending on the jurisdiction of purchase. For example, if you buy a Powerball ticket in Colorado, then you need to be at least 21 years, in California, a 16-year-old can legally buy a Powerball ticket.

The most convenient option for South African players to play the Powerball is by using third-party online lottery services.

How Does it Work?

If you want to buy a Powerball ticket in person, then you need to visit one of the 45 US states which participates in the Powerball. As a South African player based in South Africa, this could be a little bit of an overkill to buy a lottery ticket. Therefore, the next best option you have is to use online lottery purchasing services.

There are various such online lottery services that is available to South African players. These websites will allow players to buy lottery tickets for various popular international lotteries such as Powerball, EuroMillions, Mega Millions, etc. even if they are not based in that particular country or state.

Players can make their lottery number selections with a few simple clicks and pay for their Powerball lottery ticket through credit cards, e-wallets and other online banking systems. Once the ticket is paid for, an agent of the lottery service who is based in one of the 45 Powerball states will actually go to a ticket-selling venue, buy a Powerball ticket on your behalf and send you a copy of the ticket via email.

Players can buy as many entries as they would like. The cut-off time to buy the ticket is 59 mins before the start of the draw, but you may want to buy even earlier if you are buying your Powerball ticket online.

Pros & Cons

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Pros

  • South African players can play the US Powerball without being in the US

  • South African players can also play other lotteries like EuroMillions, Italy SuperEnalotto, Mega Millions and even South African national lotteries from the comfort of their own homes

  • Players can pay for their lottery ticket online using a payment method they prefer

  • The online lottery service will email the player a scanned copy of the ticket for records

  • Players can view draw results and other lottery information on the lottery service website

  • The lottery service will assist players in claiming their rewards

  • Lottery service websites will work on smartphones and tablets so South African players can buy lottery tickets on the go

  • The lottery service websites will even have detailed instructions on the rules, the odds, the prize structure and how to play the lottery all under one roof

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Cons

  • Players will be charged a commission or convenience fee by the lottery service. Therefore, the Powerball ticket will cost more than what it would cost if the player purchased it in person

Game Details

Launched in 1992, the Powerball is a lottery game based on luck. Players can purchase Powerball tickets in one of the 45 participating states or through online lottery services. The Powerball is renowned not only in the US but various other parts of the world since it holds the record for having paid out the highest lottery jackpot till date. The draws take place twice a week.

How to Play

When it was first launched, the Powerball revolutionized lotteries by being the first lottery to introduce a second drum of numbered balls for the host to draw from. However, the two drum format has now become common place and anyone who has played any lottery before will intuitively understand how to play the US Powerball.

Players need to pick five main numbers from a range of 1 – 69 and one selection from a range of 1 – 26. The first drum has white numbered balls and the second drum has red numbered balls which are called Powerball’s. In order to win the jackpot, a player will have to match all five main numbers and the Powerball as well.

The above details of how to play are in relation to the basic game where the minimum bet is $2.

There is also a Powerplay option which can be played at an additional $1 per game. By activating the Powerplay option, all the lower prizes which are available are multiplied by a factor of 5 and a factor of 10 when the jackpot is lesser than $150 million. The Powerplay number is drawn separately from the main 5 numbers and the Powerball number. Also, the prize for matching the main five numbers is doubled to a value of $2 Million for tickets where Powerplay is enabled.

How to Buy a Ticket

Powerball tickets can be purchased at various approved retailers in any of the 45 participating states. The player has to be of legal age in that jurisdiction in order to purchase the ticket. Each basic play entry costs a minimum of $2 and an additional $1 will activate the Powerplay option.

For players in South Africa and other locations which is not one of the 45 participating US states, tickets can be purchased online through a lottery purchasing service in any of the 18 participating countries. Players who are not based in one of the 18 countries can buy tickets online through the official online partner of EuroJackpot, Lottoland. Players may also use other third-party lottery websites such as the Lotter, Jackpot.com, Lotto Agent, Giant Lottos and Lotto Send.

Draw Dates

The Powerball lottery is a bi-weekly lottery which means that the draw takes place twice every week. The venue for the draw is the Universal Studios in Orlando and the hosts of the draw are Sam Arlen and Laura Johnson. The draws are verified as fair through the auditing firm – Carol and Company. The draw happens every Wednesday and Saturday at precisely 10:59 pm EST which is 4:59 pm in South Africa.

 

Powerball USA Odds

The odds of winning a prize are the same in every Powerball draw. Whether the marketed jackpot is $40 million or $1 billion, for every entry, a player has a 1 in 24.9 chance of winning a prize (any prize). Even in draws where more tickets have been sold, the odds of winning remain the same.

The odds of winning the jackpot are miniscule, but this certainly does not stop people from playing. In fact, some people religiously buy tickets to every draw of the Powerball and many of the jackpot winners have been regular players.

Also, the odds of winning the Powerball jackpot are marginally better than other big-money lottery jackpots such as Mega Millions or Italy’s SuperEnalotto.

The odds of matching all 5 numbers and the Powerball number to win the grand prize is a mere 1 in 292,201,338. However, there are various other prizes for different matching combinations and the odds for these prizes are substantially better. All odds for various Powerball prizes have been tabulated below.

The prize which has the best odds is a $4 prize which you get for simply matching the Powerball, even if you don’t match a single one of the main five numbers.

How many numbers matched Reward Money for match Odds
5 + Powerball Grand Prize 1 in 292,201,338
5 $1 million 1 in 11,688,053
4 + Powerball $50,000 1 in 913,129
4 $100 1 in 36,525
3 + Powerball $100 1 in 14,494
3 $7 1 in 580
2 + Powerball $7 1 in 701
1 + Powerball $4 1 in 92
0 + Powerball $4 1 in 38

What Happens if you Win and How to Claim the Money

As per the official rules of the Powerball lottery, a winning ticket may only be claimed in the jurisdiction where it was purchased from. So, even if a winner resides in some other state or country, he or she will need to claim the winning ticket in the same state where the ticket was bought.

Players who have won a prize lesser than $600 can claim the prize in any lottery retailer within the jurisdiction where they purchased the ticket. However, prizes over $600 can only be claimed in select lottery offices or at the lottery headquarters.

Depending on which prize has been won, Powerball players may have different payout options. Usually, smaller prizes do not need to be claimed out through the cash annuity option. However, jackpot winners will have to use the annuity payout options where payments are made on a monthly basis. Either way, the winners have 60 days to decide how they want their prizes paid out. In some states, the 60-day countdown starts from the day of the draw while some states may require you to make that decision when you play.

Furthermore, depending on which state the ticket was purchased in, a winning ticket may be subject to a Federal Tax and /or a local State Tax.

Biggest Jackpots Won with Powerball

As mentioned, Powerball holds the record for having paid out the biggest lottery jackpot in the entire world. This was a massive jackpot win of $1.6 billion which occurred on January 13, 2016. This massive jackpot was split by three tickets sold in Chino Hills, California; Munford, Tennessee; and in Melbourne Beach, Florida.

Other notable wins include a win of $758.7 million in August of 2017 and a win of $687.8 million in October of 2018.

Why Play Powerball

The number one reason to play Powerball is that it consistently pays out some of the biggest jackpot prizes of any lottery anywhere in the world. What’s more? It also offers odds that are slightly better than other big-hitting lotteries like Mega Millions and Italy SuperEnalotto.

FAQs

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Can a foreigner win the Powerball Lottery?

Yes, foreigners can play the Powerball as long as they are of legal age in the jurisdiction where they purchase the Powerball ticket.

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Can I play Powerball from South Africa?

South African players can play Powerball even if they are not in the United States. There are various third-party lottery websites which cater to players in South Africa and allow them to buy Powerball tickets online. South African players can use services such as The Lotter, Lotto Send, Lotto Agent, Jackpot.com, etc. to pick their lottery numbers and buy their tickets.

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How do you play Powerball?

In order to play Powerball, you will have to purchase a Powerball ticket and make the following selections. Select five main numbers from 1 to 69 and 1 Powerball number from 1 to 26. In order to activate the Powerplay option, you will have to pay an additional $1. By activating Powerplay, the lower tier prizes are multiplied by a factor of 5 or more.

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What are the draw dates for Powerball?

The draw happens every Wednesday and Saturday at precisely 10:59 pm EST which is 4:59 pm in South Africa.

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How do you claim the money if you win Powerball?

The exact process of claiming your Powerball prize will depend on two factors – how much you won and in which jurisdiction you purchased your ticket. Usually, if the prize money is lesser than $600 you can claim in from any retailer in the same jurisdiction as where you purchased the ticket. For prizes above $600, there are only certain lottery offices or the Powerball headquarters where you can claim your prize. You have a 90-day period within which you need to claim your prize or it will expire.

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How long does it take to get the money?

How long it takes to get your money will depend on whether you choose the annuity option or the cash value option.

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What are the odds of winning Powerball?

The odds of winning the jackpot prize of Powerballare 1 in 292,201,338