The 3,154th Thunderball draw took place on Tuesday. There were 75,340 winners in this draw. They shared the prize fund of £440,888.

The winning numbers were 01, 04, 05, 23, and 39. The Thunderball for this draw was 12. Excalibur 3 was the draw machine used, and the ball set was T8.

The National Lottery website provided a breakdown of all prizes and reported that no one won the £500,000 jackpot, but two lucky players could win the runner-up prize of £5,000 each for matching the five main numbers.

Eighteen players won £250 each for matching four balls plus the Thunderball, and 249 players shared the £24,900 prize for matching four main numbers.

How is Thunderball played?

Players must pick five main numbers from 1 to 39 and one Thunderball number from 1 to 14 for an entry fee of £1 per line to qualify for the Thunderball jackpot draw. Prizes are won by matching the Thunderball number or at least three main numbers alone.

The prize increases with the more numbers matched and the fewer players you have to share the prize fund with.

While the odds of winning the £500,000 top prize are only 1 in 8,060,598, Thunderball remains one of the more popular UK lottery games, as you only need a matching Thunderball to win a prize.

Thunderball drawings are played four days a week- on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, so the player pool is smaller, and your chances of qualifying for at least one of the smaller prizes are higher.

Thunderball tickets may be bought in person at approved UK premises or online at accredited sites. As of April 2021, only those 18 years old and above may purchase scratchcards or play Lotto, Thunderball, EuroMillions or Set For Life.

The UK National Lottery's first drawing was on November 19, 1994. Of all the money spent by players, half goes to the prize fund, 28% to good causes, 12% to the UK government, 5 % to retailers and 5 % to the Camelot Group.

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