IF you see a poster telling you that R100million is up for grabs, don't be shocked, just play.
That was the message from National Lottery operator Gidani when it officially launched its fourth game, PowerBall, which is set to change the way South Africans play the Lotto.
PowerBall was launched at a gala dinner at Red Pepper Studios in Linden, Johannesburg, yesterday.
PowerBall is a double matrix game designed to give lottery players a chance to win astonishingly vast amounts of money.
Gidani's chairperson Bongani Khumalo said it was one of Gidani's licence requirements to come up with new products in order to keep the National Lottery exciting.
"We noticed that the higher income bracket players only played the lottery when the jackpot prizes are high, hence they become occasional players.
"PowerBall will keep the occasional players trying their luck while increasing our resources of helping the needy," said Khumalo.
The new game will be played twice a week - Tuesday and and Fridays - and will be shown live on television at 9.30pm.
On draw evenings PowerBall will have two draw machines, two ball sets and two draws. One machine will have 45 balls and the other has 20.
During the draw five balls will be randomly drawn from the machine containing 45 balls numbered one to 45.
The PowerBall is the sixth ball drawn from the second machine containing 20 balls.
Punters will be able to win from eight divisions.
Though the odds are one in 24 million, the stakes might rise to the tune of R100million or even more.
This is because 42percent of the money generated will go to the jackpot.
PowerBall has been successful in Australia, Britain, Greece and the US.
A guaranteed jackpot of R30million is set for the first draw on October 23, with tickets going on sale on October 16 for R3,50.