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The Thunderball lottery game is one of the most popular games offered by the UK National Lottery. The game has undergone many changes since its introduction in 1999, with new features and prize structures being added to make it more exciting for players.

In the beginning, the game was called Hotpicks and it was a game that players can pick their own numbers, and win a prize by matching one, two, three, four or five numbers. However, the game was later rebranded as Thunderball and the format was changed to be a 5/39 game with a 1/14 Thunderball number.

In 2013, the game underwent another change. The number of balls increased to 39, and the Thunderball number increased to 14. The prize structure was also changed, with the jackpot prize being won by matching five main numbers and the Thunderball number.

In 2018, the game was rebranded again to include a new prize structure. The prize for matching three main numbers and the Thunderball number was increased, and a prize for matching two main numbers and the Thunderball number was introduced.

In 2020, the game was rebranded again to include a new prize structure. The prize for matching two main numbers and the Thunderball number was increased, and a prize for matching one main numbers and the Thunderball number was introduced.

The game has undergone many changes over the years, but it remains a popular choice for players. LotteryUK.com provides the latest results, numbers, and news about the Thunderball lottery game, and we encourage players to check the history of the game before participating in the draw.

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September 2022

The following Thunderball history timeline highlights some of the key changes to the game since it launched in June 1999.

12th June 1999
The first ever Thunderball draw

23rd October 2002
The first ever Wednesday draw.

12th May 2010
The game changed from a 5/34 to a 5/39 lottery system. The jackpot size increased from £250,000 to £500,000.

14th May 2010
The first every Friday draw.

30th January 2018
The first ever Tuesday draw.

August 2022

New format: 5/53 + 1/42.

The Power Play wheel was updated to include 15 slots.

July 2022

New format: 5/69 + 1/26.

The 4 + 1 prize category prize was $50,000.

x10 Power Play multiplier was added to jackpots under $150 million.

June 2022

Four more states joined: Vermont, North Dakota, Tennessee, and Maine.

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