In 2011 a brand new lottery launched in the UK, the first ever private lottery run as a business enterprise by Northern Shell, the owners of Channel 5 and the Express newspaper group. The Health Lottery offers a fixed jackpot every draw, and promises to give 20p in every £1 of lottery ticket sales to health charities in the UK.
How to play the Health Lottery
The Health Lottery is available to play both online, and in store. To play the Health Lottery you must choose five numbers between 1 and 50. To win the Health Lottery jackpot you must match all five numbers on your Health Lottery ticket to the five balls drawn in the Health Lottery draw.
In addition to the jackpot, players can also win prizes ranging from £10 to £10,000 for matching a combination of balls picked during the draw.
Health Lottery draw days
The Health Lottery is a twice-weekly draw, taking place every Wednesday and Saturday evening. The Health Lottery results are shown on Channel 5 at some time between 8.30pm and 9pm but this varies depending on the day’s TV schedule. We will also publish the numbers on our Health Lottery results page, as soon as they’re available. You can also see recordings of the Health Lottery draws on the official Health Lottery YouTube page later in the evening following the draw.
Health Lottery prizes
- Match Five – £100,000 fixed prize
- Match four + Bonus Ball – £10,000 fixed prize
- Match Four – £250 fixed prize
- Match Three + Bonus Ball – £50 fixed prize
- Match Three – £20 fixed prize
- Match Two + Bonus Ball – £10 fixed prize
Odds of winning the Health Lottery
Odds of winning the Health Lottery jackpot are 1 in 2,118,760, odds of matching four balls are 1 in 9,417 and odds of matching three are 1 in 214. Overall odds of winning a prize in the Health Lottery stand at 1 in 209.
Unclaimed Health Lottery prizes
Prizes for the Health Lottery must be claimed no later than 6pm on the 180th day after the winning draw date. Any prize not claimed by then will be forfeited. Interestingly the Health Lottery rules do not state if these unclaimed prizes go to good causes or are kept as profit by the company.