Thunderball is your best chance of winning up to £500,000 - the top prize is fixed and it never has to be shared. Simply select 5 main numbers from 1 to 39 and 1 Thunderball from 1 to 14.
The Thunderball draw takes place every Wednesday (BBC ONE from 22:35), Friday (BBC ONE from 22:35 - 23:40) and Saturday (BBC ONE from 19:30), and 5 main numbers are drawn, along with 1 Thunderball. Match the Thunderball to win the minimum prize. Match 5 numbers plus the Thunderball to win the top prize of £500,000. Increase your chances to win the jackpot and play these ThunderBall most often winning combinations. You can play Thunderball online on National Lottery website.
The first Thunderball draw was held on 12 June 1999 and the draw was originally only held on Saturdays. The rules of Thunderball changed substantially on 9 May 2010. Before this date, Thunderball matches were drawn from numbers 1 to 34; there was no prize for matching the Thunderball number alone, and the top prize (for matching 5 main numbers and the Thunderball) was half the current jackpot at £250,000. After this date, the Friday draw was introduced in addition to the Wednesday and Saturday draws. Following the change of rules, while the chance of winning anything on Thunderball has more than doubled, the chance of winning the top prizes has more than halved.
Odds to win ThunderBall jackpot
|5||1||1 in 8,060,598||£500,000|
|5||0||1 in 650,046||£5,000|
|4||1||1 in 47,415||£250|
|4||0||1 in 3,647||£100|
|3||1||1 in 1,437||£20|
|3||0||1 in 111||£10|
|2||1||1 in 135||£10|
|1||1||1 in 35||£5|
|0||1||1 in 14||£3|
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