The Health Lottery is an independent UK lottery which isn’t run as a national lottery, but as a coordinated group of 51 separate society lotteries. Each society lottery is licensed by the Gambling Commission and represents a different region of Great Britain. The 51 individual lotteries operate on rotation, meaning that every area in England, Scotland and Wales gets a share of the funds raised.
Health Lottery Results
Health Lottery draws take place every Wednesday and Saturday and are broadcast on Channel 5. In the draw, five random numbers are chosen from 1 to 50, with an additional Bonus Ball drawn from the remaining 45 numbers. You can view the latest results on the Health Lottery Results page.
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Playing the Health Lottery
All you need to do to play the Health Lottery is select five numbers from 1 to 50 or select the Quick Pick option to have your numbers randomly selected. Tickets cost just £1 each, and you can purchase Health Lottery tickets online or in person from an authorised retailer. Details of both methods can be found on the Health Lottery How to Play page.
Health Lottery Prizes
The Health Lottery pays out set prizes to players who match as few as two main numbers and the Bonus Ball.
The prize structure for the Health Lottery is as follows:
|Numbers Matched||Prize||Odds of Winning|
|Match 5||£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|
*The £100,000 top prize is shared equally if there is more than one Match 5 winner. The Wednesday jackpot differs from the Saturday jackpot in that it can never exceed 10% of proceeds. Overall odds of winning a prize are 1 in 108.
From time to time, the Health Lottery will run special promotions for players. One such promotion was the ‘Hot Ticket’ event, in which players won prizes ranging from £2,000 up to £10,000 by matching the transaction reference number drawn.
Some of the most recent promotions include:
- Opportunity to win a free lottery ticket for matching just two main numbers
- Second Chance daily draws – 25 more chances to win cash prizes every week
- Opportunity to win an iPad Mini for matching 4 numbers + Bonus Ball in a Second Chance draw
How to Claim Health Lottery Prizes
Claiming your Health Lottery winnings will vary depending on how you purchased your ticket. The two different methods are outlined below:
- Prizes Won Online
- Any prize worth less than £10,000 will be deposited in your player account. Players who purchase tickets online and scoop £10,000 or more will need to call the Health Lottery Helpline on 0844 375 55 55 to claim their prize.
- Prizes Won by Direct Debit
- If you play by Direct Debit and win less than £10,000, the money will be paid into your bank account straight away. If you win a prize worth £10,000 or more, you’ll have to call the Health Lottery on 0844 375 55 55 to start the claims process.
- Physical Tickets
- Retailers are authorised to pay out prizes up to value of £50 - all you need to do is present your winning ticket. If you win £250 or less, you can visit a participating Post Office to collect your prize. For prizes worth more than £250, you’ll need to call the Health Lottery on 0844 375 55 55 to arrange collection of your winnings.
Health Lottery Winners
The Health Lottery has a guaranteed jackpot prize of £100,000 on offer every Saturday, with smaller variable jackpots up for grabs in the mid-week draw. When more than one ticket holder matches all five main numbers, the jackpot prize is shared equally between the winners. Here’s a look at some of the more memorable Health Lottery winners.
Richard Frost, Yorkshire
26-year-old Richard Frost had bought just two tickets in his entire life when he won the £100,000 jackpot on December 7th 2013. After being diagnosed with a debilitating brain tumour at the age of three, Richard spent over a decade having invasive surgeries and gruelling physiotherapy. “It is just amazing to finally have some good luck for a change.” He said. Richard used his winnings to buy his dream car, a £32,500 Audi TT.
Roy Baker, Hertfordshire
With the rising price of gas and electricity, winter meant a constant struggle to stay warm for 77-year-old Roy Baker and his wife Margaret. However, after scooping the £100,000 jackpot Roy said “We won’t have to worry about the bills now! We will treat the family this Christmas.” The couple enjoyed a warmer, wealthier winter in December 2013 thanks to the Health Lottery.
Pauline Ashton, Nottingham
81-year-old Pauline Ashton thought she'd won a £1,000 prize in October 2013 until she tried to cash her ticket in at her local supermarket. She said; "The girl told me: "I can't give you this much money, duck, it's too big." The great-grandmother of three was stunned to realise she'd actually won the £100,000 top prize. Former health worker Pauline has no plans to move out of the council house she has lived in for 56 years but did say; "I might just treat the kiddies that's all, but I haven't decided on what yet."
The first Health Lottery draw took place in October 2011 with a weekly draw every Saturday evening. It wasn’t until a year later that a second weekly draw was introduced, to mark the game’s first anniversary.
While the main ball pool had remained the same throughout the game's history, in July 2012 adjustments were made to the Health Lottery prize structure. The prize for matching three numbers decreased from £50 to £20, and the prize for matching four numbers decreased from £500 to £250.
Further changes to the game took place in May 2013 when a Bonus Ball was introduced. The addition of the Bonus Ball, which is drawn from the ball pool after the five main numbers are selected, gives players the chance to win prizes for matching two, three or four main numbers plus the Bonus Ball.
Throughout the duration of the game there have been several Health Lottery promotions, which include Hot Ticket, Magic Monday and Second Chance Guaranteed Winner. To see a timeline of The Health Lottery, visit the Health Lottery history page.
Health Lottery Good Causes
The Health Lottery donates 20p from every £1 to support local health related good causes. As the 51 society lotteries work in rotation, all lotteries will receive an appropriate share of the funds raised through ticket sales. All the funds raised go through the society lotteries’ partner charity, the People’s Health Trust, which then distributes the funds across Great Britain.
The money is donated to health related good causes which includes Children's Food Trust, Alzheimer’s Society and Mencap.
Further information on the Health Lottery Good Causes can be found here.