FAQ – PowerBall/PowerBall Plus

What is PowerBall/PowerBall Plus?
An on-line Game utilising a computerised terminal to record Selections and also to validate prize claims.
How does the PowerBall/PowerBall Plus game work?
Twice a week on Tuesday and Friday participants may select 5 out of 45 numbers and 1 number out of 20 numbers that can be entered into a draw. A participant may enter the PowerBall/PowerBall Plus in the following ways: 

  1. Presenting a completed Bet Slip to a Retailer. On any one Bet Slip a Participant may make a selection from a minimum of one entry and a maximum of the number of entries included on the Bet Slip. Each selection is made by manually marking 6 numbers within one entry or by manually marking the Quick Pick box. The completed Bet Slip is processed through the Terminal, which will issue the Receipt recording each Selection marked on the Bet Slip;
  2. By indicating in person to a Retailer the requested digits or numbers to be entered manually into the Terminal by the Retailer;
  3. Requesting a number Selection to be made on a random basis by the Lottery Processing System through a Quick Pick;
  4. Selecting random set of 6 numbers at an alternative point of sale other than the terminals where a participant can purchase an entry into the PowerBall Game. These would include ATM’s, Mobile Application, Mobile Phones and any other additional channels;

 Where and when may I purchase a PowerBall/PowerBall Plus Game?
Tickets can be purchased at an existing Lottery outlet daily. Tickets may not be purchased at least 30 minutes prior to the draw that the receipt has been entered into.
What are the odds of winning a PowerBall/PowerBall Plus prize?
There are 24,435,180 different combinations that one can play when choosing 5 out of 45 numbers and 1 out of 20 numbers. The order of matching the numbers does not matter in relation to how they are selected.
Herewith the odds of winning a prize:

Division Name Winning Rules Odd’s % of total winning pool
Division 1 Match 5 + PowerBall 24,435,180 54.4%
Division 2 Match 5 1,286,062 9.7%
Division 3 Match 4 + PowerBall 122,175 4.9%
Division 4 Match 4 6,430 9.3%
Division 5 Match 3 + PowerBall 3,133 8.9%
Division 6 Match 3 164 7.6%
Division 7 Match 2 + PowerBall 247 5.1%
Division 8 Match 1 + Powerball 53 R7.50 FIXED
Division 9 Match Powerball 37 R5.00 FIXED

How many times can a PowerBall Jackpot roll over to the next draw?
A jackpot will rollover for as many times as possible until it is won. Rollovers occur when a jackpot is not won. In the event that the jackpot of a specific draw is not won, it is rolled over to the next draw and added to the jackpot amount of that specific draw.
What happens when a rollover coincides with a guaranteed jackpot?
In the event that a rollover coincides with a guaranteed jackpot, the rollover amount is included in the guaranteed jackpot.
How do Rollovers of Jackpots work?
Before each draw Ithuba estimates and advertises a jackpot based on expected ticket sales. A guaranteed jackpot is a planned and assured minimum amount offered to players. This means that the prize will never be below the guaranteed amount. A roll-over amount is a jackpot prize that would have been won had the drawn numbers been matched which is carried to the next jackpot.
Every week the Jackpot is estimated at an amount, according to expected sales. A guaranteed Jackpot prize is not affected by sales, unless a higher Jackpot amount is expected because of roll overs. In cases where the estimated Jackpot amount exceeds a guaranteed Jackpot amount, the guaranteed amount will fall away to a higher estimated amount.
What is the difference between an estimated and guaranteed Jackpot prize?
Every week the Jackpot is estimated at an amount, according to expected sales. The total prize pool is calculated at 45% of total sales. Each Division will get allocated a percentage.
With special draws, Ithuba will offer a guaranteed Jackpot prize that is not affected by sales, unless a higher Jackpot amount is expected because of rollovers. In cases where the estimated Jackpot amount exceeds a guaranteed Jackpot amount, the guaranteed will fall away to a higher estimated amount.
How do I claim the PowerBall Prize?
Prizes up to R2000 can be claimed at any retailers.
Prizes between R2000 and R50000 needs to be claimed at your post office
Prizes above R50000 needs to be claimed at an Ithuba regional office
Are the draws conducted live?
Each draw is conducted live in the presence of an independent auditor, and in accordance with procedures and rules approved by the National Lotteries Commission.
The winning numbers are randomly drawn every Tuesday and Friday night. The outcome of the draw is not predetermined by human intervention at all.
Are the balls and draw machines tested?
Wits University is contracted to test and certify the machines regularly. The balls are also tested after every five draws to ensure accuracy and consistency with regard to weight, shape, texture, material and size.
Is there a time period in which to claim prizes?
PowerBall and PowerBall Plus players have up to 365 days from the day of the draw to claim.
After expiry, 50% of the unclaimed prize money is deposited into the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund (NLDTF) for distribution to Good Causes.
For further questions and Enquiries:
Please refer to the National Lottery website ( ) or contact the Ithuba Player Helpline 0800 484 822
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