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How to Play South Africa PowerBall

To play South Africa PowerBall, you must select five numbers between 1 and 50, plus a PowerBall number from 1 to 20. Draws are held every Tuesday and Friday at 21:00 South Africa Standard Time (SAST). It costs R5.00 per line to play and an additional R2.50 if you want to add PowerBall Plus to your ticket. Draws are televised live on e-tv with results available online shortly after the numbers have been confirmed.

You need to match all five main numbers plus the PowerBall to win the jackpot, but there are also eight other ways to win. Visit the Prizes page to find out how many numbers you need to match in each division.

How to Choose Your Numbers

South Africa Powerball tickets can be bought online or from authorised retailers. Just follow the steps below to take part:

  1. 1. Pick five numbers from 1 to 50 and one PowerBall between 1 and 20.
  2. 2. Choose how many game boards you would like to play.
  3. 3. Select a multi-draw if you want to play the same numbers in more than one draw.
  4. 4. Decide whether you want to add PowerBall Plus to your ticket.
  5. 5. Complete your purchase and wait for the draw to find out if you are a winner.

You can either choose your own numbers or opt for a Quick Pick, where a set of random numbers will be generated on your behalf. SA PowerBall ticket sales close at 20:30 SAST on Tuesdays and Fridays, half an hour before the draw takes place.

If you live in South Africa, you can also buy tickets from a cash register or automatic machine, or via a mail subscription. If you do not live in South Africa, you can still take part by choosing numbers online. Visit the Buy Tickets page to find out how you could enjoy a big win wherever you are playing.

There are two stages to the draw when it takes place. The five main numbers are drawn from one machine containing 50 balls, and the PowerBall is randomly selected from a separate pool of 1 to 20. It is therefore possible for numbers up to 20 to appear as both a main ball and the PowerBall in the same draw.

How to Claim a Prize

Players who have purchased a ticket from a licensed lottery retailer can claim prizes up to R2,000 at any authorised outlet. Prizes between R2,000 and R50,000 must be claimed at a post office. If the winnings are above R50,000, the prize money should be claimed at an Ithuba regional office. If you have chosen your numbers online, winnings are paid directly into your online lottery account and can be used for future purchases or withdrawn to a bank account.

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