The Thunderball lottery game is a game offered by the National Lottery in the UK. This article explains how to play the game and information about the odds of winning.
Thunderball draws twice per week, every Wednesday and Saturday and costs £1 to play. To play the game, you must choose your numbers prior to the game cut-off time. You must choose 5 numbers between 1 and 34, plus an additional number between 1 and 14, the Thunderball number.
The grand prize in the Thunderball game is always £250,000. Even if there are multiple winners in any one particular draw, each winner gets the full prize amount and does not split it. That is one of the reasons why the game touts itself as the best chance to win £250,000 – Because if you match all the numbers, you are guaranteed that amount.
Another reason why Thunderball touts itself as the best chance to win £250,000 is because of the odds. The odds of winning the £250,000 jackpot are approximately 1-in-3.9-million. When compared to other lotto games that the National Lottery offers, like EuroMillions for example, the odds of winning Thunderball are quite decent.
There are other prizes available to be won too. If you, at least, match the Thunderball number and any other number, you win a prize. Other than the jackpot, the other prizes range from £5 to £5000. The odds of winning any prize are approximately 1-in-18.2.
The UK National Lottery doesn’t even require you to purchase a physical ticket to play Thunderball. You can sign up online to play automatically and never have to worry about missing a draw.