Thunderball

It's rumbling towards you!

Thunderball gives you a chance to win a cool half a million three times a week. Draws take place every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday and to play is strikingly easy. Choose five main numbers between 1 and 39, then select one extra between 1 and 14. In every draw, five main numbers are drawn, then an additional one. To win the minimum prize, you only have to match the Thunderball. If you match all five numbers plus Thunderball, you'll be walking away with the top prize of a £500,000.

The latest Thunderball results are available here on National-lottery.com shortly after the draw takes place. You can view the latest draw numbers including a full prize breakdown on our Thunderball results page.


  Next Jackpot:   £ 500,000
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History of the game

The first draw was held in June 1999, and originally only took place on a Saturday. In May 2010, major changes were made to the game. Before this date, players had to pick 5 balls from 34. There was no prize for matching the Thunderball alone, and the jackpot was at half its current total, a mere £250,000. After the changes, players could pick 5 from 39 balls instead.

Following the changes, the chance of winning any prize has more than doubled, but the chance of scooping the £500,000 prize has more than halved.


How to play online

Playing online is simple, straightforward and safe. Now you never have to worry about losing your ticket or checking your results again. It takes a matter of moments to open your account, and then you can purchase for the three-times weekly draws. Either choose your numbers for yourself, or select the Lucky Dip option. You could be just a few keystrokes away from winning up to half a million pounds. And if you win, you get an automated message with the good news.


Thunderball Odds and prizes


Matched Numbers Odds Prize
5 main numbers + Thunderball 1:8,060,598 £500,000
5 main numbers 1:620,046 £5,000
4 main numbers + Thunderball 1:47,416 £250
4 main numbers 1:3,648 £100
3 main numbers + Thunderball 1:1,437 £20
3 main numbers 1:111 £10
2 main numbers + Thunderball 1:135 £10
1 main number + Thunderball 1:35 £5
Thunderball Only 1:29 £3

Key Facts

  • Draws takes place three times a week, every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday
  • You have a 1 in 13 chance of winning any prize
  • Pick 5 balls between 1 and 39, and a "Thunderball" between 1 and 14
  • The top prize is £500,000



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