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Players Await New Thunderball Rules

Players Await New Thunderball Rules
Updated: Thursday 24th April 2014

National Lottery players all over the UK are eagerly awaiting the implementation of the new Thunderball rules that will see the top prize doubled from £250,000 to £500,000. The new rules come into force this Sunday 9 May and the first Thunderball game that will be played under the revised schedule will take place on Wednesday 12 May. This means that players have just two more Thunderball games that will be played under the existing rules this Wednesday 5 May and Saturday 8 May, so if you fancy giving yourself a 1 in 3,895,584 chance of winning a top prize of £250,000 you will need to buy lottery tickets online without delay.

The current Thunderball rules require players to select 5 main numbers from 1 to 34 and 1 Thunderball number from 1 to 14, then match them all to land the £250,000 jackpot. The new rules will bring more main numbers into the equation, so players will need to selected 5 main numbers from 1 to 39 and 1 Thunderball number from 1 to 14. The odds of matching all of those numbers will obviously be a bit more challenging because there will be five more main numbers to choose from, but success will be more lucrative, with the jackpot increasing to £500,000.

Another change to the prize structure will be the addition of a new minor prize. Right now you need to match at least one main number and the Thunderball to win a cash prize, but when the new Thunderball rules come into play you will only need to match the Thunderball itself. Match more than that and you will win even more!

The introduction of the new Thunderball rules will undoubtedly renew interest in the game, so it is fitting that an additional draw is going to be added to the Thunderball lottery schedule from Sunday 9 May. As well as the existing draws on Wednesday and Saturday, a third weekly draw will be slotted in on Fridays, giving Thunderball fans the chance to play three times a week!

Of course, before the new Thunderball rules come into force we have a staggering £67 million to play for in the EuroMillions lottery game this Friday 7 May. Win that jackpot and you probably won’t mind leaving the new £500,000 Thunderball jackpots for everyone else to chase! Good luck!

Published: Tuesday 4th May 2010

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