The Health Lottery is an independent GB lottery game that launched to help raise funds for ‘health-related good causes’. From every £1 raised through ticket sales, 20p goes to the good cause fund. In every draw there is a fixed jackpot of £100,000 and players have to match five numbers from the range 1 to 50 to win this prize. To ensure that every part of Great Britain benefits from this game (and the money it raises) it isn’t run as a national lottery but instead comprises 51 separate society lotteries, each of which represents one or more Local Authority areas. These society lotteries take it in turns to be featured in the Health Lottery draws, which take place every Wednesday and Saturday evening between 8.00pm and 8.30pm. Each draw is broadcast exclusively on Channel 5 at approximately 9.55pm.
Health Lottery Results
Anyone who watches the Health Lottery draws take place on television will of course get the Health Lottery results without delay, but those who can’t watch the draw on a Wednesday or Saturday night will also be able to check them online. The Health Lottery results are also published in newspapers every Sunday (from the Saturday draw) and if all of those options aren’t enough you can check the results by visiting an offline retailer. You can also check Your Health Lottery numbers using our interactive Health Lottery Checker.
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Wednesday Health Lottery
In October 2012 the Health Lottery launched a Wednesday night draw called Win Wednesdays to celebrate the one year anniversary of this lottery. This mid-week draw takes place every Wednesday night and has the same gameplay as the Saturday night Health Lottery draw. This means that in a Win Wednesday draw there are six Health Lottery prizes on offer to win.
How to Play the Health Lottery
The Health Lottery can be played by anyone who is aged 16 or over and resident of Great Britain. Tickets can be purchased from offline retailers or online, with the latter option being the safest as far as the risk of losing tickets is concerned. Whether you play online or offline, you will need to select five main numbers from the range 1 to 50, or you can take advantage of a Quick Pick option which will generate a random selection of numbers on your behalf. There is also a Bonus Ball drawn in the Health Lottery, you don’t select this extra number and when matched, can increase your winnings.
The table below displays the winning combinations, prizes available and odds of winning:
|Number Matched||Prize||Odds of Winning|
|Match 5||Jackpot £100,000*||1 in 2,118,760|
|Match 4 + Bonus Ball||£10,000||1 in 423,752|
|Match 4||£250||1 in 9,631|
|Match 3 + Bonus Ball||£50||1 in 4,815|
|Match 3||£20||1 in 224|
|Match 2 + Bonus Ball||£10||1 in 224|
|Overall odds of winning any prize are 1 : 108|
* Although the minimum Jackpot for the Health Lottery is £100,000 there are special draws which take place from time to time where the Jackpot can be increased.
Claiming Health Lottery Prizes
If you win any of the three lower prizes by playing offline you may claim your prize directly from a Health Lottery retailer, but prizes of £250 and more will require you to call the Health Lottery helpline number printed on the reverse of your ticket. Online players however who win one of the three lower prizes will have their prize credited to their account automatically, so a formal claim will only be required of £250 or more.
Players have 180 days from the date of the draw in which to claim any Health Lottery winnings.
Previous Health Lottery Promotions
Health Lottery - Hot Ticket
From the 21st July 2012 the Health Lottery guarantees there will be at least one £100,000 winner in the special Hot Ticket draw every week. This Hot Ticket doesn't cost an additional fee to play and it is a special code which will be displayed on your Heath Lottery ticket and if you match it with the one drawn in the results then you will win £100,000. To add to that there will also be additional Hot Ticket prizes on offer to win occasionally which can include prizes such as cars, holidays and shopping sprees. The last Health Lottery draw with Hot Ticket codes and prizes took place on the 13th October 2012.
Health Lottery - Magic Monday
Whether your Health Lottery ticket is a winner or not you can still take advantage of the Magic Monday offer for the date valid on your ticket. Each week this lottery teams up with a well-known retailer to offer you discounts and free gifts. You can read more about Magic Monday here.
Health Lottery Second Chance Guaranteed Winner
Should there be no match 5 jackpot winners on any of the Health Lottery draws then there will be a random draw to find a winner of the top prize of £100,000. Retain your tickets because you will need to check the reference number on your ticket against the number draw to see if you are a Second Chance Guaranteed Winner.
Health Lottery News
Although Lottery.co.uk focuses primarily on national lottery games, the Health Lottery is of interest to most national lottery players and so we also bring you the biggest and most important Health Lottery news stories as and when they break. Bookmark our Lottery News section and you can be sure that you will be one of the first to know if something big happens as far as the Health Lottery is concerned.
The Health Lottery – Key Facts
The Health Lottery was launched in September 2011 with the first draw taking place on Saturday 8 October. 20% of ticket proceeds go to ‘health-related good causes’, which is 8% less than in national lottery games such as Lotto and EuroMillions. The top prize is always £100,000 for matching five numbers regardless of how many people win and the minimum prize is £20 for matching three numbers.
The Health Lottery changed its gameplay in May 2013. They added a Bonus Ball feature and doubled the amount of prizes available to win. To read more about what these changes were please click here.