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PowerBall Dividends

There are nine prize dividends in PowerBall, and the amount of money you win depends on how many numbers you match. All but two of the prizes are calculated on a pari-mutuel basis, meaning they depend on how many tickets are sold and how many winners there are.

Out of all the revenue generated by lottery ticket sales, 48 percent is allocated the prize fund, and that money is distributed among the different prize divisions as follows:

Division Match Odds of Winning Percentage of Prize Fund*
1 (Jackpot) 5 + PowerBall 1 in 42,375,200 70.73%
2 5 1 in 2,230,274 5.19%
3 4 + PowerBall 1 in 188,334 3.25%
4 4 1 in 9,912 5.51%
5 3 + PowerBall 1 in 4,280 6.23%
6 3 1 in 225 5.19%
7 2 + PowerBall 1 in 299 3.90%
8 1 + PowerBall 1 in 57 Fixed prize of R15.00
9 PowerBall 1 in 35 Fixed prize of R10.00
The overall odds of winning a prize are 1 in 18.

*Payouts for the two fixed prize divisions are deducted from the prize fund before the remaining money is split according to the percentages shown in the table.

There is no guaranteed minimum jackpot but it usually starts at R3 million, with higher prizes on offer when special draws take place. If no players win the jackpot in any given draw, it will roll over and increase in value for the subsequent draw. There is also no jackpot cap in place, so the prize money will continue to grow until someone wins it.

If there are no winners in one of the other prize divisions, that prize money will roll down to the division below. For example, if no one matches five numbers in a particular draw, the prize money allocated to that division is instead shared among all players who match four numbers and the PowerBall. If there are no winners in the two fixed prize divisions, that money rolls over to the prize fund for the next draw.

PowerBall prizes are valid for 365 days from the draw date - see the How to Claim page to find out more. Unclaimed prizes are transferred to the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund to benefit good causes in South Africa.

PowerBall Plus Dividends

PowerBall Plus also has nine prize divisions, with two fixed awards. The percentages allocated to the other tiers are the same as in the main PowerBall game. The jackpot also rolls over to the following draw when it is not won. The table below shows the prizes you can win.

Division Match Odds of Winning Percentage of Prize Fund*
1 (Jackpot) 5 + PowerBall 1 in 42,375,200 70.73%
2 5 1 in 2,230,274 5.19%
3 4 + PowerBall 1 in 188,334 3.25%
4 4 1 in 9,912 5.51%
5 3 + PowerBall 1 in 4,280 6.23%
6 3 1 in 225 5.19%
7 2 + PowerBall 1 in 299 3.90%
8 1 + PowerBall 1 in 57 Fixed prize of R15.00
9 PowerBall 1 in 35 Fixed prize of R10.00
The overall odds of winning a prize are 1 in 18.

*Payouts for the two fixed prize divisions are deducted from the prize fund before the remaining money is split according to the percentages shown in the table.

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