Player's guide

Everything you need to know about playing, and winning, The Health Lottery.

Where can I play The Health Lottery?

Visit a Health Lottery retailer (there's over 37,000 of them!) or you can play online at www.healthlottery.co.uk

To play at any participating retail outlet simply register your favourite numbers on a Playcard, choose your own numbers or ask for a Quick Pick  You can buy tickets just for this week's draw, or for up to eight weeks in advance.

How do I play The Health Lottery?

It’s easy and only costs £1 to play each line.

For each line, choose five numbers between 1 and 50.

If you can’t decide which numbers to choose ask for a Quick Pick ticket (or press the Quick Pick button if you’re playing online) and let the random number generator choose for you.

Choose the number of weeks you want to play.  You can buy tickets just for this week’s draw, or for up to eight weeks in advance.

If you want to play your favourite numbers every week, visit your Health Lottery retailer and collect your Playcard which can be activated at the retailer, online or by texting the 11 digit number on your Playcard to 63450.

You can play in store at your local Health Lottery retailer or online at www.healthlottery.co.uk. Remember to check that the number of weeks and numbers are the ones you wanted. And that's it! You've entered The Health Lottery.

Keep your ticket tucked in away in a safe place, and in good condition, so when it's time for the draw you know where to find it.

When is the draw?

The Health Lottery draw shows are broadcast every Wednesday and Saturday evening, exclusively on Channel 5. 5 main winning numbers and a bonus number will be drawn out of 50 numbers (1-50).

How do I know if I've won?

Tune in to the TV draw and check your numbers as the balls are drawn. You can also check the draw results online at www.healthlottery.co.uk, ask your Health Lottery Retailer, look them up in the Sunday papers, or just call us on 0844 375 55 55**.

If you've matched any 2 numbers plus the bonus ball on same line, 3 numbers or  3 numbers and the bonus ball, 4 numbers, 4 numbers and the bonus ball or 5 numbers you're a Health Lottery winner! Congratulations!

I won! Now what?

It's time to claim your prize, that's what.

Online player

If you’ve played online and matched any 2 winning numbers plus the bonus ball on same line, 3 winning numbers, 3 winning numbers plus the bonus ball or 4 numbers you don’t need to do anything else. Your winnings will be paid directly into your online player account. 
If you have matched 4 winning numbers and the bonus ball or 5 winning numbers please call the Health Lottery Helpline on 0844 375 55 55**, where our Winner Advisers are on hand to support you. They will help you with arrangements to collect your prize and anything else you need to know.

2 WINNING NUMBERS AND THE BONUS BALL: A CHEEKY £10

If you've matched any 2 main winning numbers and the bonus ball grab your winning ticket (you can't collect your prize without it) and head to any Health Lottery retailer. All our retailers are authorised to pay out the £10 prizes.

3 WINNING NUMBERS: A LOVELY £20

If you've matched any 3 main winning numbers grab your winning ticket (you can't collect your prize without it) and head to any Health Lottery retailer. All our retailers are authorised to pay out our £20 prizes

3 WINNING NUMBERS AND THE BONUS BALL: A FANTASTIC £50

If you've matched any 3 numbers and the bonus ball grab your winning ticket (you can't collect your prize without it) and head to any Health Lottery retailer. All our retailers are authorised to pay out £50 prizes. If you’re lucky enough to have won more than £50 you need to call the Health Lottery Helpline on 0844 375 55 55**.

4 WINNING NUMBERS: A WALLET BUSTING £250

To collect your £250 prize just call the Health Lottery Helpline on 0844 375 55 55**. Health Lottery retailers can't pay out £250 prizes, but they can check your ticket to see if you're a winner.

4 WINNING NUMBERS AND THE BONUS BALL: A SENSATIONAL £10,000

£10,000 prize winners will need to call the Health Lottery Helpline on 0844 375 55 55** to claim their prize. Our Winner Advisers will be on hand to support you and help collect your prize and anything else they need to know.

5 WINNING NUMBERS: UP TO A WHOPPING £100,000*

Top prize winners should call the Health Lottery Helpline on 0844 375 55 55**, where our Winner Advisers are on hand to support you. They will help you with arrangements to collect your prize and anything else you need to know.

Saturday top prize is £100,000 and will be divided equally if there is more than one Match 5 winner. Wednesday top prize will be less and can never exceed 10% of proceeds. Wednesday top prize will also be divided equally if there is more than one Match 5 winner.

How do I play the Instant Win Games?

There are a number of games to choose from, they all work slightly differently, so the best thing to do is look at each game and chose one that takes your fancy. Don’t worry they’re very simple! What they have in common is they all cost £1 to play, you reveal the result straight away, and we pay your prize straight away if you win.  If you’re lucky enough to win one of the £10,000 prizes one of our Winners Advisers will contact you to explain the prize claim process

If you want to you can try the Instant Win Games before you buy them, to do that just press “try me”. They work exactly the same as if you have paid to play, except they’re free, and if you reveal a win you don’t actually get the prize (they are free after all!)

Just like the Draw Game you need to be 16 or over to play. That includes trying the games. So you’ll need to log in to play them. If you don’t have an account just sign up, tell us a bit about yourself so we can check your age, deposit funds to your account, and then enjoy playing!