Thunderball was originally drawn just once a week, but now offers four chances per week to win big. 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.
Thunderball began a weekly Tuesday draw.