Name of lottery: South African Powerball
Day it takes place: Twice a week on a Tuesday and Friday.
Time it takes place: 20:00
Players must select 5 out of 50 numbers and one number out of 20, that can be entered into a draw. Players need to manually complete a bet slip by marking six numbers with one entry per number or parking the Quick Pick box. The bet slip needs to be submitted to a participating retailer who will then process it through the terminal and issue a receipt, recording each selection from the bet slip.
The Quick Box creates a random selection of numbers based on the Lottery Processing System. Random selections of numbers can also be made ATM’s and via mobile apps.
Ticket sales can be purchased daily and sales close 30 minutes before the advertised draw time.
SA Powerball Rules: Plays need to match the numbers selected to the ones that are drawn. The order of matching the numbers does not matter in relation to how they are selected. There are There are 24,435,180 different combinations that one can play when choosing 5 out of 20 numbers and 1 out of 20 numbers.
The SA Powerball, like the SA lotto, requires you to choose or select a number of balls from the range. Over time, some numbers come up winning more often than others and some numbers come up losing more times than others. These are called Hot and Cold numbers. The SA Powerball Hot and Cold Numbers are based on at least 100 previous draws, and then display the data for you. You can then use the hot and cold SA Powerball numbers to guide your selections.
Before each draw, ITHUBA estimates and advertises the SA Powerball jackpot based on expected ticket sales and the total prize pool is calculated at 50% of total sales. 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. A jackpot will rollover for as many times as possible until it is won.
A guaranteed Jackpot prize is not affected by sales, unless a higher Powerball Jackpot amount is expected because of rollovers. In the event that a rollover coincides with a guaranteed jackpot, the rollover amount is included in the guaranteed jackpot.
In cases where the estimated Jackpot amount exceeds a guaranteed Jackpot amount, the guaranteed amount will fall away to a higher estimated amount.
Each SA Powerball draw is conducted live in the presence of an independent auditor, and in accordance with the procedures and rules approved by the National Lotteries Commission.
Lotto players have up to 365 days from the day of the draw to claim. Prizes up to R2000 can be claimed at any retailers. Prizes between R2000 and R50000 needs to be claimed at the local post office and prizes above R50000 needs to be claimed at an ITHUBA regional office.
After expiry, half of the unclaimed prize money is deposited into the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund (NLDTF) for distribution to good causes.
Some history of SA Powerball:
In 2015, ITHUBA Holdings (RF) Proprietary Limited was appointed as the official National Lottery operator of South Africa by the National Lotteries Commission. Since then, they have offered bigger and better jackpots that have been won by ordinary South Africans.
As a result, the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund contributions to
socio-economic development through various good cause charity initiatives,
In August 2018, IHUBA announced the biggest PowerBall jackpot in the history of the National Lottery.
Past winners: In February 2019, ITHUBA announced that a winning ticket was purchased in Cape Town, South Africa but the winner had still not yet come forward to claim their prize of R232 131 750.69.
The winner made their selections manually R22.50 at a OK Minimark in Tygerdal, Cape Town. Total sales for the draw were more than R74 million and the winning ticket won the jackpot, which was nearly R10m more than the estimated amount.