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How to Play the Health Lottery

The Health Lottery requires you to choose five numbers between 1 and 50 and match a minimum of two numbers and the Bonus Ball to win a prize. You can pick your own numbers or have them randomly generated for you via the Quick Pick option whether you buy them in person at authorised retailers or online.

The game is played five nights a week between Tuesday and Saturday, with tickets costing £1 per line.

The five main numbers are drawn first followed by the Bonus Ball, which is taken from the same pool and increases your winnings if you match it with two, three or four main numbers.

How to Win the Health Lottery

You must match all five main numbers drawn to win the jackpot, with prizes awarded for matching anything from two main numbers and the Bonus Ball upwards. Occasionally, the Health Lottery runs promotional events during which players who match just two main balls win a Free Play for another chance to win later on.

You can see a full list of the Health Lottery prizes, as well as the odds of winning in each tier at the Health Lottery Prizes page.

Remember to check the Health Lottery results soon after the draw takes place to find out if you are a winner.

Health Lottery Bonus Ball

Despite players only having to select five numbers from a range of 1 to 50, a total of six balls appear in every Health Lottery draw. This extra number is known as the Bonus Ball and, if matched, increases the value of payouts for players who have matched two, three or four numbers.

This additional ball is drawn from the same pool as the main numbers, however, players DO NOT need to select a Bonus Ball when purchasing their ticket. The sole purpose of this number is to boost the value of non-jackpot prizes.

For example, should a player select the numbers 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 and the numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, 6 and Bonus Ball 5 appear in a Health Lottery draw, the player would win a Match 4 + Bonus Ball prize of £10,000 as opposed to a Match 4 reward of just £250. The same rule also applies to players pairing two or three main numbers with the Bonus Ball.