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How to Play The Health Lottery

When you play the Health Lottery, you need to select five numbers from 1 to 50. Draws take place every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, so there are five chances to play and win each week.

Tickets cost 1 each and are available online or from any of the 32,000+ authorised retailers across the UK:

Ticket sales close at 19.45 on the day of each draw, before reopening again later for the following draw.

Monthly Mega Raffle

The Monthly Mega Raffle gives every Health Lottery player the chance to win 250,000. It takes place on the 1st of every month, and you can check all the winning codes from past draws on the Mega Raffle Results page.

In the month leading up to a raffle you will receive a unique code for every line of Health Lottery numbers you buy. For example, if you purchase ten lines of numbers in January, you will have ten codes entered into the February raffle. Make sure that you keep your tickets until the raffle has taken place, otherwise you may not be able to claim your prize if you win. Codes will start with either EH, IM, IW, PH, PO, or SD, depending on whether you bought your ticket online or in-store, but all raffle codes have an equal chance of winning.

One winning raffle code will be drawn on the 1st of every month, and the player with the matching code on their ticket wins the full 250,000. There are no other prizes on offer in the Health Lottery Raffle.

Health Lottery Playcards

You can also use a Health Lottery Playcard to take part more quickly and easily at a shop. These are available from participating retailers and can either be activated at the store or online. If you want to pick your own numbers, you can use a blue Playcard to store up to ten different lines. Just pass it to the retailer and they will swipe it to generate a ticket. A red Playcard is also available if you are happy to play random numbers. The retailer will scan it to produce a Quick Pick ticket for the next draw(s).

As well as helping you to play quickly, Playcards provide plenty of additional benefits. If you register a blue card online, you will automatically join the Health Lottery reward scheme to gain access to exclusive offers. These may include special 1 bonuses for every 10 you spend, or other exciting promotions. You can change the numbers stored on your card at any time.

How Does the Bonus Ball Work?

Although Health Lottery players only pick five numbers for their ticket, there are actually six winning numbers in each draw. This extra number is the Bonus Ball and it exists to boost the winnings of players who have matched two, three or four main numbers.

Here is an example of how the Health Lottery Bonus Ball can be beneficial, especially for those who have missed out on the jackpot by a single number:

How Many Numbers Do You Need to Win?

There are six different ways to win the Health Lottery, from matching just two numbers and the Bonus, all the way up to the jackpot:

Numbers Matched You Win
Match 5 Jackpot - upto 100,000
Match 4 + Bonus Ball £10,000
Match 4 £250
Match 3 + Bonus Ball £50
Match 3 £10
Match 2 + Bonus Ball £5
Match 2 Free Ticket
Match 1 + Bonus Ball Free Ticket

For more information about your chances of winning each of these prize tiers, visit the Odds page.

Claiming Prizes

How to redeem your winnings can vary depending on whether you are an online or retailer player, and the exact value of the prize. Visit the Claims page for the full details.