powerball terms and conditions

PowerBall Rules

This page lists all the conditions of playing PowerBall and PowerBall Plus. The games are easy to play but you should be aware of all the rules before you enter to make sure there are no problems when it comes to claiming your prizes. See the How to Play page if you want to find out how to enter PowerBall.

Playing PowerBall

  • People under the age of 18 are prohibited from playing PowerBall and claiming prizes, and they may not do so on someone else’s behalf.
  • PowerBall tickets can be cancelled according to the conditions below. When a PowerBall ticket is cancelled, that entry is rescinded from the draw and the purchase price of the ticket is refunded to the player. Tickets can only be returned if:
  1. At least three minutes have elapsed since the ticket purchase;
  2. The ticket is returned to the terminal that printed it;
  3. The ticket is returned within two hours of purchase or the close of ticket sales, whichever is earlier; and
  4. The ticket’s barcode can be scanned.
  • It is the responsibility of the player to ensure that all the details shown on the ticket are accurate and correspond with the selections they made on the betslip.
  • Entries will not be valid if the betslip is rejected by the terminal or if they are not recorded on the central computer system. Playing online, there must be a confirmation SMS and a ticket/receipt number for an entry to be valid.
  • The board of directors of Ithuba and the National Lotteries Commission, and their immediate family members, are ineligible to play.
  • The maximum that can be spent on a bet is R2,000 per ticket.
  • Only those players that have purchased a valid entry to PowerBall can purchase an entry to PowerBall Plus on the same draw date.

Claiming Prizes

  • Players may win just one prize per line of numbers in PowerBall, and one prize per line of numbers in PowerBall Plus. Only the highest value prize won by each line will be paid out.
  • A valid winning ticket from the relevant draw must be presented in order for a player to claim a prize. It is a player’s responsibility to sign their ticket after purchase and add their identity number. The bearer of a ticket without a signature or identity number will be assumed to be the ticket’s owner.
  • Tickets presented for claims must not have been altered, mutilated or tampered with in any way.
  • Ithuba may, at its own discretion, conduct an investigation to check that a claimant’s identity matches up with the details on the ticket.
  • Prizes must be claimed within 365 days of the draw taking place.
  • Commercial syndicates which purchase large numbers of tickets in an attempt to guarantee a jackpot win are prohibited. They will not be permitted to claim prizes and will be charged an additional fee on top of the original ticket price.
  • A prize can only be paid to a single legal entity, even if multiple players have shared the cost of purchasing a winning ticket. It is the responsibility of a group to designate one member to receive the prize.
  • A person who reports a ticket as being stolen may still be paid a prize 365 days after the date of the draw if sufficient evidence can be provided that they bought a winning ticket. Ithuba’s decision on such claims will be final.
  • Damaged tickets can still be redeemed if the serial number is intact and the ticket can be reconstructed and validated by Ithuba.
  • If a claim cannot be processed by a retailer and becomes the subject of a dispute, it will be passed to the operator so that an investigation can begin. The claimant will be informed in writing that the matter is under investigation and will be informed of further developments as they happen.
  • When claiming prizes by mail, Ithuba will not accept proof of postage as proof of winning.
  • All winners have the right to remain anonymous if they so choose. Ithuba will keep records of all prizes paid out over R50,000 but will keep them confidential. Winners must give their consent for their identity to be made public.

Unclaimed Prizes

  • Information about unclaimed prizes will be released 60 days after the relevant draw. Ithuba will then publicise details in the media six months after the draw and launch an awareness campaign 30 days before the prize is due to expire. Details will consist of the prize amount and the area where the winning ticket was bought, so as not to jeopardise a winner’s right to anonymity.
  • Prize money that is not claimed within the 365-day period will be reallocated according to the rules set out in the Lotteries Act of 1997 and the Lotteries Amendment Bill of 2013.

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Powerball terms and conditions

Sales cut-off times vary by one to two hours before the drawings on Wednesday and Saturday evenings, depending on the selling jurisdiction.

Some lotteries sell Powerball® tickets over the Internet, but the service is only available to residents of that jurisdiction. The sale of Powerball tickets over the Internet or by mail across jurisdictional borders is restricted. Lotteries may refuse to pay out prize money on Powerball tickets purchased on any website other than their own. Please contact your lottery with any further questions.

You do not have to be a U.S. citizen or U.S. resident to play Powerball®. Players from jurisdictions where Powerball tickets are not sold, either in the United States or outside the country, when visiting a selling jurisdiction, can purchase Powerball tickets from a retailer licensed or authorized by the selling jurisdiction, if they meet the legal age requirement in the jurisdiction of purchase. Federal and jurisdictional income taxes may apply to any claimed prize money.

The 10X multiplier is only in play when the advertised jackpot annuity is $150 million or less.

Powerball® tickets print the white ball numbers in numerical order of a given play. You can match the white ball numbers in any order of a given play to win a prize. The red Powerball number of a given play on your ticket must match the red Powerball drawn. Each play on a ticket is separately determined; players cannot crisscross play lines on a ticket or combine numbers from other tickets.

While there are many factors that determine the advertised Grand Prize estimate in the Powerball® game; two important ones are games sales and the annuity factor.

A number of variables can affect game sales, such as seasonality or a big Mega Millions jackpot. Traditionally, game sales are stronger for a Saturday drawing versus a Wednesday drawing.

The annuity factor, or the cost to fund an annuity prize, is another key component. The annuity factor is made up of interest rates for securities purchased to fund prize payments. The higher the interest rates, the higher the advertised Grand Prize. You might not realize that an economic reality like interest rates impact even the Powerball jackpot, but they do!

Most players think the odds of matching the Powerball to win a prize are 1 in 26, since the Powerball is drawn from a field of numbers from 1 to 26.

But consider this…

The odds of matching the Powerball ALONE are harder than 1 in 26, because there is also the chance you could match one or more white balls, in addition to the Powerball, to win another prize.

Powerball numbers are drawn from two sets of numbers, so the odds of winning a prize are calculated by combining the odds for both sets of numbers for all prize levels. The odds for matching just the Powerball are calculated by combining the odds of selecting the Powerball and the odds of not selecting any of the five numbers from the first set of numbers drawn.

Prizes must be claimed in the jurisdiction where the winning ticket was purchased. Players can generally claim a prize up to $600 at any licensed lottery retailer in the jurisdiction where they bought the ticket. Prizes over $600 can be claimed at some lottery offices, depending on the amount, and also at lottery headquarters. Please contact your lottery with any further questions.

Ticket expiration dates typically vary from 90 days to one year depending on the selling jurisdiction. The expiration date is often listed on the back of your ticket. If the expiration date is not listed, check with your lottery.

Unclaimed prizes are kept by the lottery jurisdiction. If a Grand Prize goes unclaimed, the money must be returned to all lotteries in proportion to their sales for the draw run. The lotteries then distribute the money, based on their own jurisdiction’s laws, to other lottery games or to their jurisdiction’s general fund, or otherwise as required by law.

Every jurisdiction has its own law on winners remaining anonymous. Some jurisdictions are required by law to provide the winner’s name, city of residence, game won and prize amount to any third party that requests the information. Other jurisdictions allow winners to create trusts to shield their names from the public, or otherwise claim prizes anonymously. Check with your lottery to see if taking a photo of the winner is required and what its rules are on prize claims. Even if you keep your identity secret from the media and the public, you will have to be known to the lottery so officials can confirm you are eligible to play and win, as well as other legal requirements.

A Powerball jackpot winner may choose to receive their prize as an annuity, paid in 30 graduated payments over 29 years, or a lump-sum payment (cash option). For the annuity, the annual payments increase by 5%. The cash value option, in general, is the amount of money required to be in the jackpot prize pool, on the day of the drawing, to fund the estimated jackpot annuity prize. The advertised jackpot annuity and cash value are estimates until ticket sales are final, and for the annuity, until the Multi-State Lottery Association takes bids on the purchase of securities.

Federal and jurisdictional income taxes apply to both jackpot prize options.

Check with your lottery for its rules on how to claim a jackpot prize and the correct procedure for selecting the annuity or cash value option.

If a jackpot winner dies before receiving all annual installments, the balance of the prize will be paid to the winner’s estate. Upon receipt of a court order, annual prize payments will continue to be paid to the winner’s heirs. Other provisions may also apply depending on the laws of the lottery paying the prize.

A United States $100 bill is .0043 inches thick.

Ten thousand $100 bills equals $1 million (10,000 x $100 = $1,000,000).

Therefore, a $1 million stack of $100 bills is 43 inches tall (10,000 x .0043 inches = 43 inches).

43 inches = 3.5833 feet

A stack of one hundred dollar bills equaling $40,000,000 is 143.33 feet tall (40 x 3.5833 feet = 143.33 feet).

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