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Thunderball is Changing

Thunderball is Changing
Updated: Thursday 24th April 2014

The Thunderball lottery game will be changing from Sunday 9 May, 2010, and although there are still a few weeks to go before the changes are implemented, we thought it prudent to let you know about them well in advance. The headline change is that the Thunderball jackpot will be doubled in size, so every Thunderball draw will give you a chance to win a top prize of £500,000 instead of £250,000. Even better, the price of Thunderball lottery tickets will remain the same, so you could win more without having to pay more! But that’s not all…

Currently the Thunderball game is played every Wednesday and Saturday, but when the new changes are introduced a third weekly draw will be added. This will take place on Fridays, so you will never be more than three days away from your next chance to win a £500,000 Thunderball jackpot.

Another change that will be taking place concerns the numbers themselves. Right now a Thunderball lottery player has to select five main numbers from the range 1 to 34 and one Thunderball number from the range 1 to 14. From Sunday 9 May players will need to select five main numbers from the range 1 to 39 and one Thunderball number from 1 to 14. This will extend the odds of winning the jackpot a little (we will bring you news of the exact odds for the various prize levels closer to the time) but we don’t think that most players will mind too much when they will also be playing for a substantially bigger jackpot.

Finally, a brand new prize will be made available for those players who only manage to match the Thunderball itself. The new prize will be worth £3 and will give players a little consolation – as well as something towards their National Lottery tickets for the next draw!

Because all of these changes are being introduced on Sunday 9 May, lottery players who buy Thunderball tickets for several draws in advance should note that the number of weeks for which tickets can be bought ahead of time will gradually reduce between now and then. Of course, if you buy tickets for the Thunderball game on a week-by-week or draw-by-draw basis then this will not affect you.

We are delighted with the new changes that have been announced for the Thunderball game, and we are looking forward to bringing you news about the very first £500,000 winner in due course. In the meantime, remember that the current Thunderball jackpot is still fairly impressive, so if you fancy winning yourself £250,000 in the next draw, buy lottery tickets online today!

Published: Tuesday 23rd March 2010

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