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Health Lottery History

The Health Lottery has been raising money for health-related good causes since September 2011 and now runs four draws a week. Find out more about the game’s evolution with this handy timeline.

Previous Changes to Health Lottery

Health Lottery Timeline
29th Sep 2011

Tickets go on sale for the first Health Lottery draw.

8th Oct 2011

The Health Lottery was drawn for the first time.

7th Nov 2011

The Magic Monday promotion began, with players able to use their Health Lottery tickets to receive free gifts or discounts at high street retailers.

10th Dec 2011

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.

21st Jan 2012

A player who bought their ticket in Bishop Auckland, County Durham won the biggest ever Health Lottery jackpot of £250,000.

21st Jul 2012
  • 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 Health Lottery 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.
13th Oct 2012

Hot Ticket promotion ends.

17th Oct 2012

A second weekly draw was introduced with the name Win Wednesday.

29th Sep 2012
  • The first draw featuring the new Bonus Ball took place.
  • Three more prize tiers were introduced, including a free play for matching two main numbers.
19th Jan2015

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.

13th Aug 2015

A third weekly £1 draw was added on a Thursday night.

28th Oct 2015

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.