• Tonight's Powerball and Powerball Plus jackpots are valued at an estimated combined total of R218 million. 
  • The Powerball jackpot is estimated at R123 million after 21 rollovers, while the Powerball Plus jackpot is worth a record R95 million after 36 rollovers.
  • There is one way to increase your odds, and that is by pooling together money with a large group of people.
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Tonight's Powerball and Powerball Plus jackpots are valued at an estimated combined total of R218 million. 

The Powerball jackpot is estimated at R123 million after 21 rollovers, while the Powerball Plus jackpot should be worth a record R95 million after 36 rollovers.

According to Ithuba, the national lottery's operator, if a single person wins tonight's Powerball jackpot, he or she will they be the highest winner so far this year.

In February, a 35-year old woman from Roodepoort, Johannesburg won R114 million from a Powerball jackpot - after buying a R5 ticket from a cafe.

As the country is in national lockdown, those feeling lucky can play the lottery online through Ithuba's app or website, and via banking partners Absa, FNB, Standard Bank and Nedbank.

READ | Lotto in Lockdown: Almost 900,000 South Africans now buy their lottery tickets online

Should you win, you’ll only be able to claim the prize winnings once lockdown is officially over as the Ithuba offices remain closed. Luckily, winning tickets only expire after 365 days. 

Business Insider South Africa previously spoke to former Statistician General and head of Statistics South Africa, Dr Pali Lehohla, about how to increase the odds of winning. He warned that there is no easy formula to winning the lottery.

"There is no way in which you can calculate all the possibilities until you get the right one."

Trying to cover any decent percentage of the possibilities in five numbers and one bonus number will just bankrupt you, Lehohla warned.

There is one way to increase your odds, he says, and that is pooling together money. But not just by getting friends and family together – you'd need pretty much the entire country involved in your group to get the odds in your favour. 

What to consider: 

1. Play smart.

The odds are overwhelmingly against you, so have a budget and stick to it. The aim is to gain a few extra rands, not lose them, so only buy the number of tickets you can afford. Never ever use grocery and transport money.

2. Pick your own numbers.

Yes, sometimes winning numbers came from Quick Picks. However, that does not mean Quick Picks have any advantage. You may as well get the extra entertainment out of making up your own number selections.

3. Pool your money with others.

There is strength in numbers. The bigger your group, the better.

4. Pick different numbers.

Pick as many variations as possible. Also, feel free to repeat numbers you have played before. It doesn't really matter, so, again, have fun.

5. Avoid the 'Birthday Syndrome'.

If you stick to numbers based on significant birthdays, you're limiting your numbers to between 1 and 31. And because so many other people are also choosing birthdays, you may have to share your winnings. Your birthday has special properties for you, but not in Lotto selections.

6. Stay away from patterns

A popular option in choosing numbers is by making patterns on the lottery ticket: picking numbers on the same vertical or diagonal line, for example, or by forming a letter. This is cute, but remember that other people may also be doing it - you may have to share your jackpot.

7. Play responsibly.

Gambling is addictive. Remember, this is just a game.

* Business Insider South Africa has published a previous version of this article.

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