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The Health Lottery is a household name across Great Britain, well known for its TV ads and colourful signs in the local newsagents and supermarkets. Popular with players as it’s so readily available across the country (32,000 venues, in fact!), similar to the UK National Lottery. CompareTheLotto.com has done a comprehensive review to help you decide if this is the correct lotto for you.
Unquestionably the Health Lottery does some amazing work for good causes, as of December 2019 it had raised over £110M for health related good causes. The Health Lottery claims to have helped over 500,000 individuals across the UK with health issues since their inception in 2011. However, the Health Lottery has also been criticised for it’s donations to good causes - only 20.3% of ticket sales go to good causes. This is significantly less than the UK National Lottery and the Postcode Lottery. After all the Health Lottery is a private business out to make a profit, not a charity as it may appear.
How To Win The Jackpot
To win the jackpot you have to match 5 out of 5 numbers, selected from 1 - 50, the odds/probability of this happening is 1 in 2,118,760. Although this sounds like terrible odds, it’s actually much better than other lotteries such as the UK or Euromillions - see our comparison table here. The jackpot is calculated as 10% of ticket sales with a guaranteed minimum of £25,000. Although the Health Lottery don’t have a published record of previous jackpots, from looking at their winners section we would estimate most jackpots are in the region of £25,000 - £50,000.
Monthly Mega Raffle
Then, there’s the ‘Monthly Mega Raffle’. This is where every player who has bought a ticket that month gets their tickets put into a metaphorical hat with one winner picked to win £250,000.
If you can’t wait until 21.55 for the main draw, the Health Lottery also offers a ‘Quick Win’ option. On the face of it this is exactly the same odds as the main draw. However, there is a catch, if you win the jackpot it’s limited to £25,000 rather than 10% of ticket sales as the main draw. Our recommendation would be to play the main draw, if you win the jackpot you’ll be kicking yourself!
The positives are that you get to watch a ‘live’ draw which adds to the excitement. Plus, your tickets still get entered into the Mega Monthly Raffle.
The Health Lottery doesn’t offer the option to play as part of a syndicate directly on their site. Many lotto operators, such as Jackpot.com, offer the chance to join a ‘virtual’ syndicate where you have many chances to win but only win a smaller percentage of the jackpot by betting as part of a group - a.k.a syndicates. The difference is, Jackpot.com allows you to do this at any time for any lotto online. You just get entered into a syndicate with other users that you have never met. The Health Lottery has a Syndicates section on their website but this is only to download a ‘Syndicate Agreement’ - basically a PDF agreement between you and your mates. Once you have the agreement in place you still have to manually chase your mates for money and manually enter the lottery - a bit laborious in our opinion.
Scratchcards & Instant Wins
Like almost every lottery company out there, the Health Lottery also offer scratchcards and instant wins. While they don’t have the range of scratchcards of other operators (there are only 18 scratchcards to choose from) or the big Marvel titles or NetEnt classics they do have a good range to choose from. Some of their scratchcards include:
- Diamond - £3.50 to play - £25,000 jackpot*
- Blackjack Scratch - £2 to play - £20,000 jackpot*
- Elephant - £0.05 to play - £200 jackpot*
* Jackpot correct as of 10/12/19
* Screenshot taken on 17/12/19
The Draw & Results
The draw takes place five days a week - Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. All draws take place at 21.55
UK Customers: Yes
Commission on Winnings: No
Payment Methods: Visa, Mastercard, Maestro, Visa Electron, Direct Debit
License: The Health Lottery ELM Limited is licensed and regulated by the Gambling Commission (license no. 000-026057-R-309179).
Social Followers: Facebook (50,000), Twitter (9,000)
* Information correct as of 17/12/19. Check healthlottery.co.uk website for latest information
Health Lottery is ranked #2 out of 3 traditional lotteries