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History of Thunderball

The history of Thunderball has seen a number of changes made to the game since it launched in 1999. Today, players must match five main numbers from 1 to 39 and a Thunderball between 1 and 14 to win 500,000, with each entry costing 1. Here is a timeline of the key events, including extra draws being added and shifts to the game's matrix:

14th May 2010
  • The first Friday Thunderball draw took place.
12th May 2010
  • Five more main balls were added, taking the total from 34 to 39.
  • The jackpot rose to 500,000 from 250,000.
  • An extra prize tier for matching just the Thunderball was introduced.
November 2009
  • Thunderball began using new Smartplay Halogen II draw machines.
23rd Oct 2002
  • A Wednesday draw was added to the existing Saturday draw.
12th Jun 1999
  • Thunderball was drawn for the first time.