Powerball is based in the United States and is one of the biggest lotteries in the world, with a jackpot that has reached over R22 billion before. The jackpot starts at a minimum R500 million and it’s not capped, meaning that it increases until someone wins it which allows it to get to levels that no other lottery outside of the USA can match. Find out all about Powerball, including how to play it on LotteryWorld.com, on this page.
Playing Powerball online allows you to win all the same prizes as if you purchased a ticket in the U.S., and at the same odds too. Here’s how to play the US Powerball:
You will receive confirmation of your entry once the purchase has been successful – note that your entry is not finalised until the purchase has been completed.
Powerball offers some of the biggest prizes of any lottery, with a starting jackpot of R500 million Crore that can keep growing until someone wins it. The table below shows the prizes available in Powerball both in local currency and in Rand, how many numbers you need to match and the odds of doing so:
|Match||Prize (US$)||Prize (R)*||Odds|
|5 + Powerball||Jackpot||Min. R500 Million||1 in 292,201,338|
|5||$1 million||R13.5 Million||1 in 11,688,053|
|4 + Powerball||$50,000||R680,000||1 in 913,129|
|4||$100||R1,375||1 in 36,525|
|3 + Powerball||$100||R1,375||1 in 14,494|
|2 + Powerball||$7||R96||1 in 701|
|3||$7||R96||1 in 580|
|1 + Powerball||$4||R55||1 in 91|
|0 + Powerball||$4||R55||1 in 38|
Overall odds of winning are approximately 1 in 25
Prize values are converted from US Dollars to Rand, so may differ slightly to the values shown here depending on the exchange rate.
In January 2016, Powerball set the record for the biggest ever lottery jackpot offered at an estimated $1.6 Billion (R22 billion). It was the first time that a lottery jackpot in the world had ever offered a top prize of over $1 billion (R13 Billion), and it had been said that had it rolled over again then it would have been in excess of $2 billion (R28 Billion).
On the 13th January 2016 the final sum of $1.586 billion (R21.8 Billion) was won by three tickets that all took home a pre-tax total of $528.8 million (R7.2 Billion) each. Up to this point the record jackpot won was $590 million (R8.1 Billion) on 18th May 2013, so all three of these winners nearly ended up equalling the biggest win ever by themselves despite splitting the jackpot three ways. To this day the jackpot offered on 13th January 2016 is the biggest jackpot ever in the world.
If you have any further questions about how Powerball works or how to bet on it, you may be able to find the answers below.
How much does it cost to play Powerball?
The cost of a single entry is R59 online but it costs less than this if you subscribe on a one-month or three-month basis.
How do you win?
It’s simple: match your numbers with the winning numbers in the draw you placed your bet on. The more numbers you match, the more prize money you win. Match all five numbers plus the Powerball to win the jackpot, but you can win a prize for matching as little as just the Powerball.
How do you receive the prize money?
Smaller prizes are paid into your LotteryWorld.com account automatically, but bigger prizes, including the Powerball jackpot, may require verification checks to be conducted before the money is paid out. In these instances you will be contacted by a customer representative and guided through the claim process.
Is Powerball only available in the United States?
No- you can now play Powerball online from almost anywhere in the world through Lotteryworld.com. You buy your entries online so you don’t have to visit the United States to get your ticket, and you will be paid online directly the same prizes you would get if you were in the US.
Is SA Powerball the same as US Powerball?
There are many different “Powerball” lotteries around the world, but the one in the USA is the most popular around the world, the most well known and regularly offers the biggest prizes. There are however Powerball draws in South Africa, New Zealand and Australia that are well played in their own right.
What is the Powerball?
Obviously it’s the name of the lottery, but specifically the Powerball is the final ball drawn from a separate pool of 1 to 26. If you match the Powerball then you will win a prize, which is then increased should you match 1 or more of the main numbers drawn as well.
Is it better to Quick Pick or choose your numbers for Powerball?
It doesn’t make a difference to your odds of winning if you use the quick pick option or choose your numbers when entering Powerball.
When many people choose their numbers, they base them on birthdays or significant dates, which only range from 1 to 31 due to the maximum number of days in a month. By doing this you immediately make the chances of winning lower as if the numbers 32 – 69 are drawn then you have no chance of matching them. But there have been cases where players have won Powerball with all numbers 31 or lower, so really anything could happen!