Thunderball Help & FAQs

Have a question about Thunderball? Check out some of the most frequently asked questions about this lottery below. If you cannot find your answer, get in touch with our Customer Experience team.

What is Thunderball?

Thunderball is a lottery that takes place in the UK. The first Thunderball draw took place on the 12th June 1999 and back then, draws took place just once a week, on Saturdays. In October 2002, draws started taking place on both Wednesdays and Saturdays.The jackpot started out at £250,000, but was increased to £500,000 in May 2010. Later on in May 2010, the Friday draw was added, and another draw on Tuesdays started taking place in January 2018, increasing the total of weekly draws to 4.


Can I still play Thunderball if I do not live in the UK?

Yes! Instead of purchasing tickets, you can place your bets on the outcome of the Thunderball lottery right here at You can still win the same prizes!

How do I bet on Thunderball?

You can place your bets on Thunderball by navigating to our Thunderball page, selecting 5 numbers from 1-39 and 1 Thunderball from 1-14, and finalising your transaction by clicking ‘Add to Cart’.

How can I check if I won Thunderball?

Don’t worry! We’ll send you an email to let you know if you win a Thunderball prize. You can also check the numbers you submitted with the latest results on our Thunderball results page.

What is the Thunderball jackpot amount?

The Thunderball jackpot is fixed at an amount of £500,000, which is approximately €560,000.

What are the odds of winning a Thunderball prize?

Thunderball gives out 9 different prizes, and you can win just by matching the Thunderball! The value of each prize is fixed, including the jackpot. Check out the prize table below for more information:

MatchOdds of WinningPrize*
5 + Thunderball1:8,060,598£500,000
4 + Thunderball1:47,416£250
3 + Thunderball1:1,437£20
2 + Thunderball1:135£10
1 + Thunderball1:35£5

* The amounts shown above have been taken from the official Thunderball prize breakdown. prize amounts are calculated in accordance with our Terms and Conditions.