Health Lottery History
The Health Lottery has been giving away great prizes, and raising money for health-related causes since September 2011. It is now drawn five times a week. Get all the information about game changes, jackpot records and promotional offers that have occurred during the game's history.
Tickets for the Health Lottery go on sale for the first time. Draws are scheduled to take place every Saturday and are broadcast on ITV.
The first Health Lottery draw took place.
The Magic Monday promotion began, with players able to use their tickets to receive free gifts or discounts at high street retailers.
Results broadcasts are also switched to Channel 5.
There was no winner in the main draw, so the Second Chance Guaranteed Winner element came into play for the first time, awarding the player whose ticket reference number was drawn out with the jackpot instead.
A player who bought their ticket in Bishop Auckland, County Durham won the biggest ever Health Lottery jackpot of £250,000.
- Hot Ticket began, creating at least one £100,000 winner per week, in addition to offering other prizes like holidays, shopping vouchers and new cars. All players were entered through the code displayed on their tickets for the Saturday draw.
- The prize for matching three numbers fell from £50 to £20, with the reward for matching four numbers dropping to £250 from £500.
The first ever Hot Ticket promotion ends.
To celebrate a successful first year, a second weekly draw was introduced with the name Win Wednesday.
- The first draw featuring the new Bonus Ball took place.
- Three more prize tiers were introduced, visit the Prizes & Odds page for details on all of the current ways to win.
Instant win games are launched offering players more opportunities to win online.
The Hot Ticket raffle returns, offering up to £50,000 in extra cash prizes in every draw until the end of the month.
The 50p Quick Pick game was launched, offering a jackpot of £25,000 on Tuesday and Friday, in addition to the main Health Lottery game.
A third weekly £1 draw was added on a Thursday night.
The 50p Quick Pick game is discontinued and £1 draw games are introduced on Tuesday and Friday evenings, bringing the weekly number of Health Lottery draws to five.
The Health Lottery results are broadcast live on Channel 5 for the final time.
Quick Win launches offering players the chance to win every 3 minutes.
A Hot Ticket promotion begins. Bonus prizes are on offer to the lucky player who matches the winning raffle code in each Saturday draw until the end of the month.
Two exciting changes were introduced to improve the overall odds of winning from 1 in 108 to 1 in 9.7:
- New prize tiers were added - free tickets are now awarded to players who Match 2 numbers, or 1 number and the Bonus Ball.
- A Monthly Mega Raffle was introduced offering great prizes up to £250,000.
A new £100,000 draw was launched on Wednesday and Saturday nights. Anyone with a ticket for the main draw is entered automatically. You have to match all five numbers in the extra draw to win £100,000.
The final Monthly Mega Raffle took place. Tickets for all draws after 29th February no longer included a raffle code.
The Health Lottery increased the amount of money it distributed to health-related good causes, citing the difficulties faced by the charity sector in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis as the main reason behind the decision. The amount of revenue allocated to charitable projects increased from 20.34% to 25.5%.