Play Thunderball Game Procedures

THUNDERBALL

This section sets out the Game Procedures for the Thunderball Game played at retail.

The odds of winning any Prize are approximately 1 in 13.

How do I win?

If your Thunderball Entry matches any of the Prize categories set out in the table below, providing the requirements of the Rules and this Players' Guide are met, you will be entitled to a Prize in the highest relevant Prize category.

Prize Categories Approximate Odds of Winning Prize (subject to Prize capping explained below)
Match 5 + Thunderball = First five numbers* in one Thunderball Entry matched to the Main Numbers** and the Thunderball number in that Entry matched to the Thunderball 1:8,060,598 £500,000
Match 5 = First five numbers in one Thunderball Entry matched to the Main Numbers 1:620,046 £5,000
Match 4 + Thunderball = Four of the first five numbers in one Thunderball Entry matched from the Main Numbers and the Thunderball number in that Entry matched to the Thunderball 1:47,416 £250
Match 4 = Four of the first five numbers in one Thunderball Entry matched from the Main Numbers 1:3,648 £100
Match 3 + Thunderball = Three of the first five numbers in one Thunderball Entry matched from the Main Numbers and the Thunderball number in that Entry matched to the Thunderball 1:1,437 £20
Match 3 = Three of the first five numbers in one Thunderball Entry matched from the Main Numbers 1:111 £10
Match 2 + Thunderball = Two of the first five numbers in one Thunderball Entry matched from the Main Numbers and the Thunderball number in that Entry matched to the Thunderball 1:135 £10
Match 1 + Thunderball = One of the first five numbers in one Thunderball Entry matched from the Main Numbers and the Thunderball number in that Entry matched to the Thunderball 1:35 £5
Match Thunderball = the Thunderball number in one Thunderball Entry matched to the Thunderball 1:29 £3
Any Prize 1:13  

* The first five numbers in a Thunderball Entry are the five numbers shown on the left of the Thunderball number in that Thunderball Entry.

** The Main Numbers are the first five numbers randomly chosen at a Thunderball Draw. The Thunderball is the number randomly selected immediately after the Main Numbers have been drawn.

On average, 52% of Thunderball sales will be available to be paid out in Prizes to players. Due to the fixed Prize nature of this game, there is no Rollover of any Prize monies if the top Prize is not won.

Will Prizes ever be less than stated (Prize capping)?

All Prizes in a Thunderball Draw will be paid in full unless Prize capping takes place. Prize capping will take place in very rare circumstances and only if the total value of Thunderball Prizes payable in a Thunderball Draw is more than four times the total value of Entries in that Thunderball Draw. If Prize capping takes place, a calculation will be made to identify which Prize categories will be affected (meaning that Prizes in that Prize category cannot be paid in full). This calculation will divide the total value of Entries in that Thunderball Draw by the odds of winning in a Thunderball Draw for each Prize category. The number produced by this calculation will then be divided by 0.132205*** to produce a figure (the 'Calculated Number'). If the number of Prizes in any Prize category is greater than the Calculated Number for that Prize category, the Prize category will be capped. The reduced Prize amount payable will be calculated as set out in the next section.

***The figure 0.132205 represents the Prize payment percentage for Thunderball of 52.882%, divided by the Prize cap value of 400%.

What happens if Prize capping takes place?

If Prize capping takes place, the total amount of funds available for Prizes across all Prize categories will be four times the total value of Entries in that Thunderball Draw.

If only one Prize category must be capped, the value of Prizes in uncapped Prize categories will be set aside and the remainder of the funds will be divided equally between the winning Entries in the capped Prize category. If more than one Prize category must be capped, after the value of Prizes in uncapped Prize categories has been set aside, the remainder of the funds will be divided between the capped Prize categories in proportion to the total value of Prizes that would have been won in each of those Prize categories if capping had not occurred. The resulting amount in each capped Prize category will be divided equally between the winning Entries in that capped Prize category. Prizes in Prize categories which are not capped will be paid in full.