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 are over 32,000 of them!) or you can play online at www.healthlottery.co.uk

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?

The first thing to do is decide which game you want to play, the £1 game, the 50p Quick Pick game, or both!

£1 game

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 select the £1 Quick Pick 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, or online by clicking the Playcard link at the bottom of this page.

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're in the draw for The Health Lottery £1 game.

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.

50p Quick Pick game

This is the simplest game to play and costs just 50p for each line.

As it’s a Quick Pick game your 5 numbers from 1-50 are chosen for you, so no more racking your brains about what 5 numbers to choose. You just need to decide how many lines you want to play.

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.

You can play in store at your local Health Lottery retailer or online at www.healthlottery.co.uk, just select 50p Quick Pick. Remember to check that the number of weeks and number of lines are the ones you wanted. And that's it! You're in the draw for The Health Lottery 50p Quick Pick game.

Keep your ticket somewhere safe, 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 £1 game 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).

The Health Lottery 50p Quick Pick game draw shows are broadcast every Tuesday and Friday evening, exclusively on Channel 5. 5 winning numbers 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 Express, Star, Mirror and Sun newspapers, or just call us on 0844 375 55 55**.

We can send the draw results directly to your email. You can sign up to receive this email here: https://www.healthlottery.co.uk/winning-number-email-subscription

For the £1 game the prizes are:

Numbers matchedPrize
Match 5 numbers Win up to £100,000*
Match 4 numbers and the Bonus Ball Win £10,000
Match 4 numbers Win £250
Match 3 numbers and the Bonus Ball Win £50
Match 3 numbers Win £20
Match 2 numbers and the Bonus Ball Win £10


*Top prize is equal to 10% of total ticket sales, capped at £100,000. It will be divided equally if there is more than one jackpot winner. For example is total ticket sales are £850,000 the top prize will be £85,000. If ticket sales are £1.5m the top prize will be £100,000. Wednesday draw sales are lower so, for example, if total ticket sales are £500,000 the top prize will be £50,000.

For the 50p Quick Pick game the prizes are:

Numbers matchedPrize
Match 5 numbers Win £25,000
Match 4 numbers Win £100
Match 3 numbers Win £10
Match 2 numbers Win £1

I won! Now what?

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

Online player

If you’ve played online and won less than £10,000 you don’t need to do anything else. Your winnings will be paid directly into your online player account. 
If you have won £10,000 or more please call the Health Lottery Helpline on 0844 375 55 55**, where our team are on hand to support you. They will help you with arrangements to collect your prize and anything else you need to know.

**Calls to this number cost 5p per minute from a BT landline. Cost from other networks may vary.

Retail player

You’ll need your ticket to claim a prize.

If you bought your ticket at a retailer you can claim any prize up to £50 in any one of our 32,000 retailers.  

If you’ve won up to £250 you can claim your prize at any participating Post Office.

If you’ve been lucky enough to win over £250 you’ll need to call the Health Lottery Helpline on 0844 375 55 55**, where our team are on hand to support you. They will help you with arrangements to collect your prize and anything else you need to know.

**Calls to this number cost 5p per minute from a BT landline. Cost from other networks may vary.

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 choose 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 team 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!
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