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USA Powerball rules and how to play

The USA Powerball has gained an impressive reputation globally for some of the biggest cash prize payouts in the world. Placing your fixed-odds bet on Powerball is simple.

From a number range of 1 to 69, choose your FIVE lucky numbers – this will constitute your “main ball” selection. In addition to these main balls, you will also need to select a single “bonus” Powerball number from 1 to 26.

Together, this makes up your ‘5+1’ combination – and your chance to win some of the world’s biggest cash prizes in one of the game’s nine prize tiers.

USA Powerball payouts and odds of winning

Prize Tier Correct Numbers Odds of Winning
I 5 Numbers and Powerball 1 in 42,375,200
II 5 Numbers only 1 in 2,230,274
III 4 Numbers and Powerball 1 in 188,334
IV 4 Numbers only 1 in 9,912
V 3 Numbers and Powerball 1 in 4,280
VI 3 Numbers only 1 in 225
VII 2 Numbers and Powerball 1 in 299
VIII 1 Numbers and Powerball 1 in 57
IX Powerball only 1 in 35

Successful placement in ‘Tier 1’ will result in the main cash prize – and instant billionaire status! Payment values in the lower prize tiers vary with each draw, but there’s a way to still cash in big prizes, which we’ll tell you about in a moment.

Comparison: Is SA PowerBall better than the US PowerBall?

With so many South African lotto players trusting the internet more and placing more bets on international lotteries than usual, you might want to know exactly what your chances of winning are, when you spend your money and place your bet.

Here is a list of the differences between the US and SA PowerBall. Everything you need to know when you are undecided on which of the two PowerBall lotteries you should place your bet.

SA Powerball US Powerball
Gane format 5 numbers from 1 to 50 + 1 PowerBall from 1 to 20 5 numbers from 1 to 69 + 1 Powerball from 1 to 26
Draw days Tuesday and Friday Wednesday and Saturday
Odds of winning the jackpot 1 in 42,375,200 1 in 292,201,338
Chances of winning anything 1 in 36 1 in 25
Biggest jackpot in history R 232,131,750.69 $ 11,586 billion (approx. R 23,6billion today)
Date of biggest jackpot 19 February 2019 13 January 2016
Number of jackpots won 2019 210 7
Amount of jackpot pay-outs in 2019 R 673,972,796.86 $ 1,769million (approx. R 26billion)
Numbers drawn the most 15 and PowerBall 3 23 and PowerBall 21
Numbers drawn the least 27 and PowerBall 19 35 and 58 and PowerBall 16
When did it start 2009 1992
How much does a ticket cost R 5 for a single line + R 2.50 for a PowerBall Plus ticket. R 55 for a single line. R 55 + R 15 for a PowerPlay bet.

When you play the US PowerBall, you have 19 more main numbers to choose from and 6 more numbers to choose from in the PowerBall selection. This means that your chances of winning the jackpot is much less when you bet on the US PowerBall. However, with so many number combinations you have a much higher chance of winning any prize with the US PowerBall.

From the information above we can conclude that with the US PowerBall you have a higher chance of winning any prize and that the prize money is much higher in comparison with the SA PowerBall.

How much does USA Powerball cost?

At a single fixed odds bet will cost you R55 and can be made online from the comfort of your own home. (Please note, in order to participate, you need to be a South African citizen and over the age of 18 years).

You are also able to place multiple bets, as well as specify how many draws, you’d like to participate in. For your convenience, we also have system betting options available – you’re even able to schedule your entries.

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Participants also have the opportunity to increase their Powerball-winning chances by making use of the game’s unique PowerPlay multiplier.

By enabling the PowerPlay option for an additional R15 when placing your fixed-odds lotto bet, your successful placement in any prize tier below ‘Tier 1’ will see your winnings multiply anywhere from 2x, all the way up to 10x. The multiplier value is drawn at random and could see you walking away with a nifty amount to your name.

Account withdrawals

For your protection, you will first need to verify your account before any withdrawals can be processed. This security measure is essential to prevent any unauthorised individuals from gaining access to your account.

Bet on US PowerBall for only R55, and stand a chance to win one of the biggest cash prizes in the world.