About Thunderball

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What is Thunderball?

Thunderball offers you the best chance of winning up to £500,000 on a £1 National Lottery game - the top prize is fixed and it never has to be shared**. Simply select 5 main numbers from 1 to 39 and 1 Thunderball from 1 to 14.

The Thunderball draw takes place every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, and 5 main numbers are drawn, along with 1 Thunderball. Match just the Thunderball to win the minimum prize. Match 5 numbers plus the Thunderball to win the top prize of £500,000**.

How do I play online?

To play online, you'll first need to open a National Lottery Account. If you haven't yet opened one, we'll prompt you to do so once you've completed your online play slip (see 'How do I enter my numbers' below).

A National Lottery Account lets you play Lottery Draw Games and our exciting Instant Wins online. To get started, you can transfer as little as £10 to your National Lottery Account from your debit card, and transfer money back to your bank account at any time. For your added security we do verify your details. If we can't authorise your application immediately online, you can also register for an Account by post.

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How do I enter my numbers?

Simply complete the online play slip:

1. Enter five numbers from 1-39, and one Thunderball from 1-14. Or pick 'Lucky Dip' for a random selection;

2. Select 'Add more lines' if you require them;

3. Tick the box 'All', or select the individual days you wish to play. You can play Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays; and up to eight weeks in advance;

4. From the 11th May we're making temporary changes to the Direct Debit service and as a result of this you won't be able to start a new Direct Debit. If you'd like to play in advance, please buy your Thunderball ticket for up to 8 weeks.

5. Next, click 'Play now':

  • If you're already signed into your National Lottery Account, your Thunderball draw ticket will now be displayed, with the details stored safely in your Account;
  • If you're yet to sign into your National Lottery Account, you'll now be prompted to do so. Once you've signed in, your Thunderball draw ticket will be displayed, with the details stored safely in your Account;
  • If you've yet to open a National Lottery Account, you'll now be prompted to do so. In the meantime, our system will remember your play slip details. Once you've opened your Account and added funds, your Thunderball draw ticket will be displayed, with the details stored safely in your Account.
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How much does it cost?

Thunderball costs £1 per play.

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Where are my ticket details kept?

We keep your ticket details safe and secure in your National Lottery Account, so you can view them online whenever you like (except when our system is closed for maintenance).

To access your Account, click 'Sign in' at the top right of the homepage, then enter your secure username and password. If you can't remember your sign-in details, click the 'Forgotten username or password' link for assistance.

Once you've signed in, select 'Tickets', under the 'Games' menu, to view your ticket details.

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What happens if I win?

For your convenience, we'll pay most winnings directly to your National Lottery Account or your debit card. You can claim your prize the day immediately after you win it. Here's how we pay you:

Wins of up to £500

We pay these directly to your Account. You can either transfer them to your debit card or use them to play more games.

Wins of £501 to £5,000

We pay these directly to your debit card, so you can quickly start to enjoy them.

Wins of more than £5,000

You must claim wins of more than £5,000 by calling the National Lottery Customer Care Team on 0845 278 8000. For these, you'll be paid by cheque.

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When can I play?

You can play Thunderball online every day from 8am (sometimes earlier) until 11.00pm.

But remember: Thunderball ticket sales close from 7.30pm to 9pm on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday for that evening's draw. To play Thunderball on the day, you'll need to buy your ticket before 7.30pm.

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When can I watch the live draw?

The Saturday Thunderball draw can be seen on BBC One from 19.30* every Saturday.

You can now watch the draws from Wednesday and Friday nights exclusively online. There will also be a results update on BBC One at 10:35pm on each of those nights.

A recording of the Saturday draws will be available online from the following Monday.

Watch the latest Thunderball draw

*Draw broadcast times are subject to change.

Go to TV shows for more information.

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Play Thunderball

Play Thunderball

  • A top prize of £500,000
  • Draw on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays
  • A prize of £3 for matching just the Thunderball