Thunderball is the UK National Lottery game which is drawn four times a week - Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.
Thunderball offers a fixed payout of ￡500,000 per jackpot winner, so you don't have to worry about sharing if you match all the numbers. There are also eight other prize categories and you are guaranteed a win as long as you match the Thunderball.
Latest Thunderball Results
Stay up to date with live Thunderball results every Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday below. Five main numbers from 1 to 39 are drawn, alongisde a Thunderball number from 1 to 14. You must match all six numbers to win the top prize.
How to Play Thunderball
To play Thunderball, select five main numbers from 1 to 39 and a Thunderball number between 1 and 14. The Thunderball is drawn from a separate set so the same number can appear twice.
You can choose your own numbers or request a random selection via a Lucky Dip. Decide how many lines to play and specify which draws you want to enter, before purchasing your tickets. The cost per entry is ￡1 and the game is available from National Lottery retailers in the UK or online.
What Time is Thunderball Drawn?
Thunderball draws take place at approximately 8:15pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. The cut-off time for ticket sales is 7:30pm on draw days.
Thunderball Prizes and Odds
You win Thunderball prizes if the numbers you select are the same as the winning numbers. Get all six the same and you'll receive ￡500,000.
The following table shows all the different ways you can win in Thunderball, along with the odds of winning. Even if you match just the Thunderball and none of the main numbers, you get a prize. The value of your payout increases as you match more numbers.
|Winning Combination||Odds of Winning||Prize|
|5 main numbers + Thunderball||1 in 8,060,598||￡500,000|
|5 main numbers||1 in 620,046||￡5,000|
|4 main numbers + Thunderball||1 in 47,416||￡250|
|4 main numbers||1 in 3,648||￡100|
|3 main numbers + Thunderball||1 in 1,437||￡20|
|3 main numbers||1 in 111||￡10|
|2 main numbers + Thunderball||1 in 135||￡10|
|1 main number + Thunderball||1 in 35||￡5|
|Thunderball only||1 in 29||￡3|
|Overall odds of winning a Thunderball prize are 1 in 13.|
All of the prize amounts in Thunderball are fixed, so you receive the advertised amount regardless of how many other winners there are. There is a prize capping rule which allows for payouts to be reduced in exceptional circumstances. However, this only takes effect if the total value due to be paid out is more than four times the total value of entries for a particular draw, which is extremely rare.
As the prizes are fixed, it also means that the jackpot stays the same in every draw and does not roll over if there are no winners.