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Health Lottery Explained


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Health Lottery Explained

The Health Lottery was launched in September 2011 with the intention of raising funds for 'health related good causes'. It is not in anyway connected to the National Lottery. Tickets cost £1 and 20p of every £1 played is donated to health-related good causes across Great Britain.


It is not structured as a National lottery but instead consists of 51 different Society Lotteries from different areas of England, Scotland and Wales. They operate in rotation and every week a different Society Lottery holds the weekly draw. Funds are distributed across all the Society lotteries.


Ticket sales began on 29th September 2011. The first draw was on Saturday 8th October 2011. Players must be at least 16 years of age. Tickets are sold in Great Britain so it cannot be played in Northern Ireland or the Isle of Man. It is a 5/50 lottery. Players must choose 5 different numbers between 1 and 50.

The Health Lottery is drawn twice a week on Wednesday and Saturday and is shown on Channel 5. Five main numbers from 1 to 50 are drawn. A new Bonus Ball was introduced on 11 May 2013. The Bonus ball is drawn after the five main numbers from the same set of balls. A new prize structure with more prizes has been introduced:


There are three prizes:

    Match         Prize         Odds    
 5 Main numbers   £100,000   1 in 2,118,760 
 4 Main numbers & Bonus Ball   £10,000   1 in 423,752 
 4 Main numbers   £250   1 in 9,631 
 3 Main numbers & Bonus Ball   £50   1 in 4,815 
 3 Main numbers   £20   1 in 224 
 2 Main numbers & Bonus Ball   £10   1 in 224 

The overall chances of winning a prize is 1 in 108


Unlike other lotteries the Health Lottery Jackpot is guaranteed and is not dependent on ticket sales. So if several players all match 5 in the same draw they will all receive the full jackpot of £100,000. Of course some weeks there will be no jackpot winner so the prize money for that week will remain in the prize fund. The jackpot prize for the following week would however remain at £100,000. In exceptional circumstances where there are a lot of winners the prize money can be reduced.


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