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Lightning Ball Live: Our Review, How and Where to Play

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Lightning Ball Live is an online betting game with real dealers based on the popular game of lotto. Like all games in Evolution’s Lightning series, it introduces Lightning multipliers that can substantially increase your winnings. Developed and operated by Evolution, the game was released in 2024. It boasts 97.03% RTP with a minimum bet of $0.01 and a $5,000 maximum wager. The game is available on both desktop and mobile.

Evolution’s acclaimed and beloved Lightning family is once again expanded through a lottery-type game. Lightning Ball is bigger and better than its predecessor, with bigger ball drums, higher ticket maximums, and guaranteed Lightning multipliers in every round. Our review takes a close look at this exciting live casino table, what it offers, and how it compares to other games of its kind.

Lightning Ball Live
  • Excitement
  • Design & Sound
  • Streaming Quality
  • Interactivity
  • Win Potential

Lightning Ball Review

Game Specifications
Game nameLightning Ball Live
Game providerEvolution
Game typeLottery & Keno
Streaming from Latvia
Bet range€0.01 - €50
Max win50,000x
Side betsNo
Supported platforms Desktop Mobile Tablet
Supported OS Android Apple Windows
Languages Albanian Albanian Arabic Arabic Chinese Chinese Danish Danish English English Finnish Finnish +14
All supported languages
  • Albanian Albanian
  • Arabic Arabic
  • Chinese Chinese
  • Danish Danish
  • English English
  • Finnish Finnish
  • French French
  • German German
  • Hebrew Hebrew
  • Italian Italian
  • Japanese Japanese
  • Korean Korean
  • Norwegian Norwegian
  • Polish Polish
  • Portuguese Portuguese
  • Romanian Romanian
  • Russian Russian
  • Spanish Spanish
  • Swedish Swedish
  • Turkish Turkish

Evolution’s Lightning family of games got a lot of updates in the past year or so. Lightning Sic Bo and Dragon Tiger joined the roster of classic casino games, and that was mere months after Lightning Lotto hit the shelves. There’s no lack of demand for games in this series, all of which are noted for introducing volatile multipliers to cherished casino classics.

This time around, the Lightning brand was fuzed with a lottery or bingo-style game. It involves a machine that draws numbered balls while the players try to match those numbers with the ones on their tickets. The concept will be quite familiar to anyone who has ever seen one of these games, and it’s quite beginner-friendly too.

All lightning games also adhere to a certain visual style. They’re generally structured like game shows, taking inspiration from TV productions with visual effects and presenters. This concept has proven to be quite attractive, lending itself well to casual, luck-based games. You can expect the same kind of experience in Lightning Ball, complete with flashing graphics and sizzling multipliers.

More attentive readers probably noticed that Evolution already had a lotto-style Lightning game – the aptly named Lightning Lotto. This brings us to a sensible question: how is Lightning Ball different from Lightning Lotto?

Put bluntly, it’s really not. The two games are identical in many ways and generally offer a very similar gameplay experience. Most noticeably, both contain two ball drums, Powerballs, and share even smaller nuances. However, Lightning Ball introduces a different math model. One of the machines has more balls than Lotto did, but the Powerball machine is still there with 10 balls. Lightning Ball also offers a comparatively lower maximum payout but a higher overall RTP. In other words, Lightning Ball is generally less volatile, but still largely identical to Lightning Lotto.

Key Highlights

Exciting game show based on the classic betting game of lottery
Uses two drum machines. One draws 5 balls out of 30, the other draws 1 ball from a pool of 10
Introduces Lightning multipliers that can increase payouts up to a whopping 50,000x per ticket
Guaranteed Lightning multipliers in every round, ranging from 2x to 50x per number
6 numbers per ticket, and players can buy up to 200 tickets per round
Payouts based on the number of matching numbers per ticket, ranging from 2 to 6

How to Play Lightning Ball

Let’s start by going over the basic rules and gameplay of the game.

Lightning Ball is based around two large drum machines that are used to draw numbered balls. The first drum machine, known as the “regular” drum machine, contains 25 balls numbered from 1 to 30. The second drum machine, referred to as the Powerball drum, consists of 10 balls numbered from 1 to 10.

To participate in Lightning Ball, players simply need to purchase tickets. Each ticket contains 6 numbers. Five of these numbers range from 1 to 30, corresponding to the balls in the regular drum machine. The sixth number ranges from 1 to 10, similar to the balls in the Powerball machine.

Players have the option to buy a maximum of 200 tickets per round. You can bet anywhere from $0.01 to $50 per ticket

During each round, 5 balls are randomly drawn from the regular drum machine, while a single ball is drawn from the Powerball drum. If at least two numbers on a player’s ticket match at least 2 drawn balls, you win. The more winning numbers appear on a single ticket, the higher the potential winnings.

It is important to note that the Powerball number is functionally no different from a regular number. The two sets make the game a bit more dynamic than classic bingo, but that’s pretty much it.

Lightning Numbers

Now it’s time to cover the staple feature of this series – the Lightning round.

After the betting period ends in every round. 5 numbers from the normal drum machine are randomly selected and highlighted on the screen. The presenter then pulls the famous lever, causing lightning to strike the numbers and grant them Multipliers ranging from 2x to 50x.

Then, one ball from the Powerball is selected and also enhanced with a multiplier. If the Powerball matches the power number on a ticket with at least one other regular number match, the Lightning multiplier is applied to that ticket, boosting your winnings.

    Strategy Tips for Lightning Ball
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      Spreading out your bets over multiple tickets is generally a good idea. Since only 6 balls are drawn per round from a relatively large pool, individual tickets don't have a great shot at winning.
    • 2
      However, the fact that you only need 2 matches to win makes Lightning Ball wins a lot easier to get than in, say, Lightning Lotto.
    • 3
      Note that the number of tickets you buy does offer any statistical advantage or disadvantage. You're more likely to win, but you're paying more. However, we still suggest doing so because it's a more exciting way to play.

    Payouts & RTP

    As expected, the payout you receive depends on how many of the numbers on your ticket match the numbers drawn from the machine. In that regard, every ticket counts as a separate, individual bet. Any winnings received from a specific ticket are calculated based on the stake you used for that exact ticket, not your overall betting in that round.

    The returns grow exponentially as more numbers match on a single ticket. It starts with a base of 2x for 2 matching numbers and goes up to 1,000x for a full 6-number match.

    Naturally, any payouts in Lightning Ball can also be increased via the Lightning multipliers. These simply multiply the base payout of the achieved outcome, up to 50 times.

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    Lightning Ball Live Payouts

    The return-to-player (RTP) rate in Lightning Ball is 97.03%, which is very high for most lottery-type games in live casinos. In fact, it’s almost a 1% improvement from the older Lightning Lotto.

    Since there is only one type of bet in the game, this RTP rate is consistent for every ticket you purchase in the game.


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    Special Features

    Similar to all games developed by Evolution, this particular title offers a comprehensive range of additional features. One of the key features is the live chat function that enables players to communicate with dealers and other participants. Moreover, the settings menu located in the upper right corner provides options to adjust settings such as audio levels and video quality.

    Apart from that, ticket management stands out as a significant aspect of the interface. Players have the ability to purchase up to 200 tickets in a single round, which makes it impossible to track and manage all of them manually. Fortunately, players can buy them in bulk, and the game automatically tracks winning numbers and highlights them with a red daub whenever they match the numbers on the balls. The tickets with the best results up to that point are also brought to the foreground, which makes it easier to track things.

    • The game is presented in English, which is the only language used by the presenters and in the chat.
    • However, all other text in the game can be switched to other languages, including English, Albanian, Arabic, Bulgarian, Chinese, Croatian, Czech, Finnish, French, German, Hebrew, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Slovak, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Turkish, and others.

    Our Verdict

    To cut a long story short, we enjoyed our time with Lightning Ball. While we have to note that it’s pretty much just a rehashed version of Lightning Lotto, all of the new changes are generally for the better.

    It seems Evolution went back to the drawing board for their Lightning-infused bingo game. The most noticeable thing they did was allow players to win with just 2 matching numbers, which significantly increases your chances of winning with every ticket. As a result, the game’s RTP is also better.

    On the flip side, the whole thing is decidedly less volatile. The maximum payout is lower, and multipliers are generally much harder to hit because of the updated Lightning round.

    In our experience, Lightning Ball performs better than its predecessor due to its more frequent wins. However, we should still note that the Lightning features are decidedly less prominent.

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