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U.K. - Thunderball Lottery Information

Guess Range 5/39 + PB 1/14
Hosted in U.K.
(Local draw time)
Jackpot Type CASH
Tax Requirement Lottery prizes are paid out tax-free. Check the tax laws in your country of residence for any further local taxation you may be subject to.

Chances to win U.K. - Thunderball

Divisions Match Winning Odds
1 Prize 5+PB 1:8,060,598
2 Prize 5 1:620,046
3 Prize 4+PB 1:47,416
4 Prize 4 1:3,648
5 Prize 3+PB 1:1,437
6 Prize 3 1:111
7 Prize 2+PB 1:135
8 Prize 1+PB 1:35
9 Prize 0+PB 1:29

U.K. - Thunderball Information

The UK Thunderball is a lottery known for its impressive winning odds.

UK Thunderball History

The first UK Thunderball drawing took place in 12th June 1999, with draws initially held on Saturdays and Wednesdays. In May 2010, lottery officials amended the rules by adding five numbers to the original guess set (for a guess range of 1-39), as well as a ninth prize category for the Thunderball alone. The same year, the jackpot was doubled from a fixed prize of £250,000 to £500,000, and a third weekly draw was added on Fridays. A fourth weekly draw, on Tuesdays, was added in 2018.

UK Thunderball Rules

To play, select five numbers from a guess range of 1-39 and one additional number (the Thunderball) from a guess range of 1-14. The Thunderball enables players to win supplementary prizes and is necessary to complete the jackpot winning number selection.

Winning the UK Thunderball

To claim the UK Thunderball jackpot, players must correctly guess 5 regular numbers in addition to the Thunderball. There are no taxes on UK Thunderball prizes, and winners are offered a cash lump sum (a one-time payment) to claim their wins.

The UK Thunderball is well-known for its impressive winning odds that guarantee 1 out of 29 players will be taking home the 9th prize category. The odds of winning the jackpot are some of the best in the world, and players keen to learn more can consult the winning odds chart located at the top of the page.

UK Thunderball Anecdotes

National Lottery Awards - The UK Thunderball is one the British lotteries that takes part in the “National Lottery Awards.” This special red carpet event recognizes the achievements of the best British lottery funded programs. UK lotteries raise an average of £30 million each week for the Good Causes fund.

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Learn About UK Thunderball Lottery Draws


The UK Thunderball lottery has been distributing jackpots since 1999, when the UK version of the US Powerball lottery was born. The UK lotto underwent exciting changes in 2010, adding a third weekly lottery drawing and doubling the base jackpot for more exciting UK Thunderball lottery results, bringing it to £500,000!  A fourth weekly draw was added in 2018.