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Thunderball History

Thunderball was originally drawn just once a week, but now offers three chances per week to win big for just 1. This is what has happened since the first draw in June 1999.

Previous Changes to Thunderball


Thunderball Timeline
12th Jun 1999

The first Thunderball draw took place.

23rd Oct 2002

Thunderball was drawn on a Wednesday for the first time, in addition to the usual Saturday draw.

Nov 2009

New Smartplay Halogen II draw machines were introduced for Thunderball.

12th May 2010
  • The number of balls was increased from 34 to 39.
  • The jackpot doubled from 250,000 to 500,000.
  • A new prize was created for matching just the Thunderball.
14th May2010

Thunderball introduced a Friday draw.

30th Jan2018

Thunderball will bring in a weekly Tuesday draw.