Ticket price: £1
Number Matrix: 1/39 Plus Thunderball between 1 and 14 inclusive
Draws: Wednesday, Friday and Saturday
Prize Tiers: Nine
First Draw: 12th June 1999
Largest Jackpot: Thunderball has a fixed £500,000 jackpot
See our results section whre we publish all of the Thunderball results for the most recent and also all past draws.
Our checker section also has a Thunderball checker form that will tell you if you've won or not! It's quick and simple to use and there's also an extra historical check that will give you results for all past draws!
Prize Tiers and Percentage Payouts:
|Match 1 + Thunderball||£5|
|Match 2 + Thunderball||£10|
|Match 3 + Thunderball||£20|
|Match 4 + Thunderball||£250|
|Match 5 + Thunderball||£500,000 Jackpot|
Odds of Winning:
|Balls Matched||Odds of winning|
|Thunderball only||1 in 14|
|Match 1 + Thunderball||1 in 35|
|Match 2 + Thunderball||1 in 135|
|Match 3||1 in 111|
|Match 3 + Thunderball||1 in 1,437|
|Match 4||1 in 3,647|
|Match 4 + Thunderball||1 in 47,415|
|Match 5||1 in 620,046|
|Match 5 + Thunderball||1 in 8,060,598|
The Thunderball is a thrice-weekly draw taking place on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday evenings in the UK.
On Wednesday evenings the Thunderball results are announced just before the Lotto results, a little after 10.30pm on the BBC Lottery Show. On Fridays you can tune into the Euro Millions show after 10.30pm to catch up with the results and on Saturdays again the results are announced on the BBC Lottery Show that starts at around 8.30pm and has the Thunderball results announced a little before 9pm.
We update the results immediately after each draw, which allows you to find all of the winning numbers on our Thunderball results page. A little time after the results are announced lottery organisers release news about the number of winners, which is when we’ll be back with an update.
All Thunderball results are also announced via our social networking pages on Facebook and Twitter so if you don’t get a chance to drop into our page, you can always follow us and catch up there getting the winning numbers immediately after the draw.
How to Play:
The Thunderball draw is easy to play but it’s worth remembering that there are two ball pools involved and two sets of numbers are used. The first five main balls in the Thunderball draw run from 1 to 39 inclusive and then an extra Thunderball is drawn from a separate ball pool containing the numbers from 1 to 14.
To play the Thunderball you must choose five numbers between 1 and 39 for the first part of your selection and then a single Thunderball between 1 and 14. These selections make up one lottery line costing £1. To win the Thunderball jackpot players must match all five main balls to those drawn along with the all-important Thunderball too.
There are lower prizes to be won in the Thunderball draw so, even if you don’t match all the winning numbers, do check the prize table as with nine separate prize tiers, you could pick up a cash prize even if you only match the Thunderball.
The Thunderball launched to a fanfare in 1999 expanding the National Lottery game offerings beyond the flagship draw. Originally just a Saturday draw a midweek draw soon followed and more recently a Friday draw was also added taking the popular game to three draws a week.
Until 2010 the jackpot for the game was just £250,000 and there was no prize for matching only the Thunderball so just eight prize tiers were paid. However, on 9th May 2010 – draw number 965 - extra numbers were added to the main ball pool, the extra prize tier was added and the Thunderball jackpot was doubled, giving players longer odds of the jackpot, but shorter overall odds in the draw.
The changes have been incredibly popular with Thunderball players and they have given the draw a new lease of life. It was with this change that the Friday draw was added to the schedule and this particular lottery remains one of the most popular UK draws to this day.
Every draw the winning numbers are drawn from one of six machines that is chosen at random. Each machine is named, from Excalibur 1 through to Excalibur 6. In each draw anything up to £1 million may be won in lower tier prizes even if the jackpot isn’t won. The Thunderball jackpot does not roll over and the draw always has a fixed pot. However, on the flip side, although the rules state that Thunderball prizes may be shared, generally when there is more than one jackpot winner, both players collect the top prize in its entirety.
The easiest and simplest way to buy tickets for the Thunderball draw is online but they are also available at all lottery retailers around the UK too. If you buy your tickets over the counter it is recommended you that sign the back of the ticket immediately. Like all the UK based lottery draws, Thunderball players have 180 days (approx. 6 months) after the date of the draw to claim any prizes won.
All prizes in the game, apart from the jackpot, can be claimed in store or at a National Lottery Post Office. If you win the £500,000 jackpot you will need to call the National Lottery helpline and arrange for your big prize to be paid to you. If you buy your Thunderball tickets online then you don’t have to worry about claiming as that is done for you automatically even if you forget to check the results yourself after the draw.
Unclaimed Thunderball prizes are thankfully rare, maybe because more players choose to buy tickets online? The unclaimed prizes that do occur are handed over to the Good Causes Fund and given to worthy causes around the UK and Northern Ireland.