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
The first Thunderball draw took place.
Thunderball was drawn on a Wednesday for the first time, in addition to the usual Saturday draw.
New Smartplay Halogen II draw machines were introduced for Thunderball.
- 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.
Thunderball introduced a Friday draw.