India Thunderball

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Thunderball is a stand-alone lottery played across India which offers a wealth of attractive cash prizes in each draw. Jackpots are worth a minimum of Rs. 1 Crore and will rollover to the next draw if there are no jackpot winners. Prizes range from Rs. 20 for matching one main number and the Thunderball up to Rs. 1 Crore for matching all five main balls and the Thunderball.

How to play Indian Thunderball

To play Thunderball you can either select five numbers from a possible 42 plus an additional number, known as 'The Thunderball', from a second matrix of 1 to 15 or have your numbers randomly chosen for you using the Lucky Pick facility. To win the jackpot you will need to match all six numbers drawn but, in addition to the jackpot, there are an additional seven prize tiers in every draw where you will win a prize by matching from just one main number and, of course, the Thunderball.

Thunderball Prizes

The following table displays what combinations of numbers you need to win at Thunderball, along with your odds of winning and the prize you might expect if you do match those numbers.

Match Odds Prize (Rs)
5 + Thunderball 1 in 12,760,020 1 Crore
5 1 in 911,430 40,000
4 + Thunderball 1 in 68,973 25,000
4 1 in 4,927 2,500
3 + Thunderball 1 in 1,916 1000
3 1 in 137 50
2 + Thunderball 1 in 164 50
1 + Thunderball 1 in 39 20
Overall odds of winning an IndianThunderball prize: 1 in 25

Draws take place weekly on a Tuesday night between 10.00 and 10.30pm IST and are aired live on the television channel Zee Zing.

Where can I buy Thunderball tickets


You can purchase tickets online from the official Playwin Lotto website. Buying tickets online is easy and simply requires you to select your numbers, or you can tick the Lucky Pick box to have the numbers randomly chosen for you, and then choose the number of weeks you wish to play (up to a maximum of six weeks in advance).

Before online purchases can be made you will need a Playwin card which are available to buy at all lottery retail outlets or via SMS and email. The cards come pre-loaded in denominations of Rs. 200, 500, 1000 and 5000 and are your payment method for all online ticket purchases.

Purchasing tickets online is straight forward and has a number of benefits including storing your ticket safely online, not having to queue to buy tickets, the ability to purchase tickets in advance of the draws and, the biggest benefit of all, the fact that any winnings will be paid directly to your Playwin card for you to either redeem or use on future lottery ticket purchases.


You can buy Thunderball ticket(s) in person at an authorised retailer. Simply fill in the numbers on the play slip along with the number of draws you wish to play and hand the ticket to the cashier who will then process the play slip and hand you back a ticket which is your proof of purchase. If you do decide to buy tickets from a retailer, please keep your ticket safe as you will need it to be able to claim any prizes you win.

We would strongly advise that you check your ticket(s) as soon as possible after each draw and claim any prizes you have won immediately as Thunderball prizes are only valid for a period of 90 days.