There have been some huge prizes won in SA PowerBall in the past, mainly thanks to the uncapped jackpot, which has even reached over R100 million before. This page will tell you how much the biggest-ever PowerBall jackpots were worth, and you can find out about the lucky players that won them.
The most recent PowerBall jackpot was won on Friday 23 November 2018.
There was 1 jackpot winning ticket that matched 5 main numbers and the PowerBall.
Winners this year
Biggest ever jackpot
Jackpot winners this year
The winner of the biggest jackpot in PowerBall history was a 34-year-old engineer from Secunda, Mpumalanga, who bought his lucky ticket for R20 from Evander Dienstasie on 1 Rotter Dam Road, Evander. He had been playing the lottery for years before his big win, and collected his nine-figure prize four days after the draw.
He kept his ticket in his sock for safekeeping, explaining: “I kept it in my sock at night because I thought about what if thieves were to come in here. Not because they know anything… but take it. I kept on thinking that what if I was involved in a car accident. You know how people lose their wallets in accidents, so it was safer there.”
Following his win, he planned to invest the money and help family members. He said the PowerBall prize money would make his life much easier, adding: “It was not easy to make the call to claim the winnings. I needed to properly digest it and accept that my life has changed. Even growing up‚ I can’t say we struggled but it was a life of hustling. There was a time I spent a while looking for a job and I would never want anyone to experience that.”
This jackpot, which stood as the record prize for more than seven years, was won by a single ticket holder in the Free State province after 24 successive rollovers. The winning Quick Pick ticket was bought for R10.50 from a petrol station in Langenhovenpark, Bloemfontein. The player, a businessman in his twenties, then returned to the same station days later to check whether his ticket was a winner.
The cashier tried scanning the ticket twice without success, so the winner told him to put the ticket in the bin because he didn’t think he had won anything. However, it finally scanned at the third time of asking, revealing it was a jackpot-winning entry.
The elated winner, who was shocked by how much he had won, said: “This money will add substantially to the money that I have been saving towards a better life for myself and would also assist in paying off my debts. I am really looking forward to an easier and fulfilling life.”
Stanley Philander, a deaf-mute man from Parkwood, Cape Town, was wrongly reported to be the winner of this nine-figure jackpot, and the 52-year-old and his family had to go into hiding as a result of the attention they received. It emerged that the mix-up occurred after Philander’s PowerBall ticket was bought the day after the draw, meaning it was invalid for the previous day even though it matched all six numbers.
It later materialised that the actual winner was a 43-year-old mother-of-two from the Western Cape, who won the jackpot on a Quick Pick ticket. The business owner chose to remain anonymous, but revealed plans to buy a car for her eldest child.
Professor Bongani Khumalo, who worked for Gidani - the previous operator of the South Africa National Lottery - said of the winner and her husband: "These are mature, stable people who will be able to use the money wisely. I was left with a sense of comfort knowing that the money is in the hands of people who will use their fortune well."
The fourth-largest jackpot in PowerBall history was won by a 45-year-old state government employee who bought their winning Quick Pick ticket for R20 from the Global Filling Station in Mokopane, Limpopo. The entry was purchased just 15 minutes before the draw, and it brought a run of 19 consecutive rollovers to an end. He said he had played the lottery for 16 years, praying before each draw.
John Mphosi, the filling station owner, revealed they received phone calls and visits from many players in the days following the draw, all who thought they were the big winner. The station went through their CCTV footage to try and identify the winner, who eventually claimed their prize from the Ithuba offices in Polokwane, Limpopo, four days after the draw.
The winner described landing the jackpot as “a gift from God”, adding: “I will help others who are in need of assistance. I am going to invest the money so that I will never be poor again.” He also said he would “perhaps buy a mansion somewhere in Gauteng or Mpumalanga.”
This jackpot was won by a 29-year-old father-of-one from the Western Cape who bought his winning ticket for R21. It is believed he noted down the winning numbers at a local retailer before checking them against his own ticket in his car. He then called his wife to tell her the good news, believing he had only matched four numbers. It wasn’t until the following day that he realised he had in fact matched all five numbers and the PowerBall to land the jackpot.
The lucky winner then asked his uncle to put the ticket in his safe until he was ready to come forward and claim his prize. He planned to use some of his newfound wealth to start his own business, adding: "I am overwhelmed by shock, I cannot believe it."
A security guard from Cape Town took immediate retirement after winning a R64 million jackpot. The 42-year-old ticket holder bet R60 on PowerBall each week, revealing he hadn’t ever won over R900 before the jackpot-winning draw.
The father-of-two was at a family gathering in Limpopo when he received a call from his partner to say it looked like he had won the jackpot. He initially thought she was joking but after checking his ticket when he returned home, he “was immediately overcome by instant shock and excitement”. He said: “I prayed before I played PowerBall and today I am R64 million richer. Thanks to PowerBall, my days of being a security guard are finally behind me. I am looking forward to retiring in the house of my dreams with my family and providing the best education for my children.”
He planned to use his winnings to wed his partner of 18 years, and also wanted to own a soccer team. Busisiwe Koloi, an Ithuba spokesperson, said: “He had never won anything from playing lottery games but that did not deter him. The excited winner expressed that even though he has always wanted to win‚ he couldn’t believe that it had finally happened to him.”
There was cause for celebration when a man from Limpopo became a R64 million jackpot winner from a R14 Quick Pick ticket. The 34-year-old’s win brought a run of 15 successive rollovers to an end. He insisted at the time of his win he wouldn’t quit his job, and had plans to buy a car and house, and take his family on holiday.
A spokesperson for Gidani said at the time: "The Limpopo province has been blessed with yet another PowerBall multi-millionaire, the fourth to emanate from that province since the game was launched in October last year."
A player from Kwazulu-Natal scooped R62 million after picking their numbers manually through First National Bank (FNB) online. FNB’s Chief Commercial Officer Shadrack Palmer explained that at the time of this win there had been an increase in PowerBall players using the FNB app, which offered online banking and also another way to enter the lottery. The winner claimed their prize anonymously a few days after the draw.
While the jackpot doesn't climb as high as in the main draw, there have been a number of big PowerBall Plus winners since the extra game was introduced in 2016. Find out more about them below.
A 35-year-old Capetonian won a R38 million jackpot on 21 September 2018. The winner said: “I am still in disbelief as I have never won from playing any of the lottery games, and my first ever win is the highly sought after jackpot. I told myself that I was going to win every time I placed a bet, but I never thought about winning the jackpot.” He said he looked forward to putting his winnings towards travelling, spending time outdoors and paying outstanding debts.
A Gauteng-based retail outlet worker enjoyed success on 26 April 2016, claiming a R31 million jackpot from her R15 ticket. The mother-of-one found out she was a winner the day after the draw, when she checked her ticket at the store she bought it from. She said she was a regular lottery player before her big win and explained: “I didn’t know whether to cry or scream, I just didn’t believe what I was seeing.” She stated she wanted to use some of the money to buy a new house and car and to go travelling.
The game’s first jackpot winner came on 5 January 2016. The player from KwaZulu-Natal won just over R23 million, bringing a run of nine consecutive rollovers to an end.
The ticket holder bought their lucky entry from a Checkers store in Overport but chose to remain anonymous.
SA PowerBall jackpots are paid in a tax free lump sum and winners have the option to remain anonymous.
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