The new game will run alongside the original Health Lottery, which is drawn on Wednesdays and Saturdays and offers a jackpot of up to £100,000, with tickets costing £1. To find out more about the Health Lottery and the causes that it raises money for, visit the Health Lottery page of Lottery.co.uk.
As with the standard game, ticket holders must match five balls between 1 and 50 to win the top prize, but unlike Health Lottery, 50p Quick Pick players will not have the chance to choose their own numbers; instead a line will be automatically generated for every ticket bought.
The lotteries’ parent company Northern and Shell is stressing affordability as the key reason for introducing the new game, emphasising that 50p Quick Pick costs a quarter of the price of Lotto, with a 1 in 2,118,760 of hitting the jackpot of up to £25,000 on the former as opposed to a 1 in 13,983,816 chance of scooping the top prize on the latter. Of course, the longer odds reflect the much bigger jackpot for Lotto.
One tempting statistic for potential 50p Quick Pick players is that they have a tempting 1 in 15 chance of doubling their money and winning £1 by matching two numbers. The other prizes available are £10 for matching three balls and £100, won by matching four numbers.
Health Lottery 50p Quick Pick tickets are available now online and from authorised retailers, so make sure you get hold of them before the cut-off point of 7:45pm on Friday to take part in this exciting new game whilst raising money for health-related causes across the UK.