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About Thunderball

The Thunderball lottery is a popular lottery game played in the UK on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday each week.

How to play Thunderball & odds

In order to play, all you need to do is pick five numbers (from a range of 1 – 39) as well as a Thunderball number (from 1 – 14). To win the jackpot, all five numbers drawn as well as the Thunderball number, must match your selections.

A major attraction to the Thunderball is the fact that regardless of how many people hit the jackpot, each winner still gets £500,000. This allows this game to offer players a higher amount of profitable opportunities in comparison to other lotteries.

The odds of winning any prize are approximately 1 in 13.

Please find below a table displaying a breakdown of the different prize categories and the odds of winning them:

5 Numbers + Thunderball£ 500,0001 in 8,060,598
5 Numbers£ 5,0001 in 620,046
4 Numbers + Thunderball£ 2501 in 47,416
4 Numbers£ 1001 in 3,648
3 Numbers + Thunderball£ 201 in 1,437
3 Numbers£ 101 in 111
2 Numbers + Thunderball£ 101 in 135
1 Number + Thunderball£ 51 in 35
Thunderball only£ 31 in 29

History and Further Information

Thunderball History

The Thunderball was launched in 1999 with the first draw taking place on June 12th that year. It was originally only played on Saturdays prior to developments which also saw a Wednesday and Friday draw introduced. It was in May 2010 when some of the most significant changes took place and we saw the range of numbers increase, a prize added for matching the Thunderball alone, and the former jackpot of £250,000 was doubled. These changes increased the chances of winning any prize by more than double, however also decreased the chances of winning the top prize. As from 30 January 2018, a Tuesday draw was also introduced.

Further Information

On average, 52.882% of Thunderball sales are paid out to players in prizes.