Starting from Saturday 11th May 2013 the Health Lottery are introducing a new Bonus Ball which will see the current three prize tiers expanded to six and the overall odds of winning a prize reduced from 1 in 209 to 1 in 108.
The new prize structure for the Health Lottery Bonus Ball draws will be as follows:
|5 Main Numbers (Jackpot)
||1 in 2,118,760
|4 Main Numbers + Bonus Ball
||1 in 423,752
|4 Main Numbers
||1 in 9,631
|3 Main Numbers + Bonus Ball
||1 in 4,815
|3 Main Numbers
||1 in 224
|2 Main Numbers + Bonus Ball
||1 in 224
Overall Odds of winning a prize: 1 in 108 (Lottery Odds calculated at www.lottonumbers.net)
There is no additional charge for taking part in the Bonus Ball draws so ticket prices remain at £1 for either of the two weekly draws. Players do not need to select a Bonus Ball when choosing their numbers as this number is drawn from the remaining 45 numbers when the draw takes place. If any of your 5 chosen numbers match the Bonus Ball and you match 2 or more main numbers then you have won a prize (as per the table above).
Because there is no need for the player to choose a Bonus Ball then Health Lottery tickets remain the same, a typical sample is shown to the right although tickets from different retailers may differ slightly.
One of the most commonly commented on features of the Health Lottery ticket is the display of the player’s numbers. Unfortunately the tickets do not explain which numbers refer to what and this often causes confusion with players. To try and avoid this confusion we have pointed out the 2 most important pieces of information on the ticket; the Numbers you have entered and the date of the draw that you are entered into.
The date format for the “Draws entered” is in D/M/Y format so players used to European or US date formats need to be aware. In the example to the right 11/5/2013 refers to the 11th May 2013 rather than the 5th November 2013.
Health Lottery Bonus Ball FAQ
Q. How do I pick a Health Lottery Bonus Ball?
A. There is no need to pick a Bonus Ball when choosing your numbers – it is simply an extra ball in the draw matched against your existing 5 main numbers.
Q. When is the Health Lottery Bonus Ball draw?
A. The Bonus Ball is draw as part of the main Health Lottery draw each Wednesday and Saturday night
Q. How do I check the Bonus Ball in the Health Lottery?
A. When each draw takes place a Bonus Ball will be drawn after the 5 main balls have been selected. You simply need to match this Bonus Ball (exactly like the other balls) with the 5 numbers you selected.
The Health Lottery Results (including the Bonus Ball) will be announced as usual in the 9:55pm ad break on Channel 5 and the Bonus Ball will be drawn as part of the main draw. Health Lottery Results can also be obtained online at the time the draw takes place by visiting www.lottery.co.uk