History of South African Powerball
Powerball is with African players since October 2009. South African players are really keen on this type of a game. Payout pools are more extensive, more divisions (9) and fun. Even if you match only PB number, you win something. Over the years it made many Africans millionaires. Prize pool may never reach amounts seen in European lotteries or American ones, but still, they are enough for our country realities. On the first draw on 23.10.2009, somebody won R30,000,000! Then jackpot got rolled many times to be hit on 12.02.2010 with an outstanding prize of R 91,068,427 which is the record till now. In June 2018, a number of drawn balls changed from 45 to 50.
Powerball jackpots and rollovers
Similar to other lottery games there is a mechanism called rollover for not claimed jackpots. The main prize grows as long as no one matches the 5/5 numbers and of course — additional number — Power Ball (PB). Pool for 1st prize division is rolled over to the next Draw’s corresponding division. Powerball became famous because of the large jackpot rollovers. These are expected in more cases too, which we point below:
- If there are no winners in division 2-8, then the pool rolls down to the lower division, e.g. division 4 to division 5.
- If there are no winners in division 8 (but they always are), then the pool rolls over to division 1 of the next draw.
- Breakage from any PB division rolls over to the same division next draw.
How big can be the jackpot?
The minimum jackpot is R3 million, and there is no limitation of rollovers. To date, the biggest one was on June 3rd, 2011 with the amount of R102,016,595.