The People’s Postcode Lottery has guaranteed daily winners and supports dozens of good causes. It was first launched as a pilot in the north of England in 2005 and by summer 2010 it had expanded into Scotland and Wales. Dutch parent company Novamedia has operated charity lotteries worldwide for nearly 30 years and now runs seven across Europe.
In fact, it’s one of the world’s biggest private charitable donors. Nearly a third (32%) of ticket prices go to charity – more than £330m has been raised so far. Charities supported include WaterAid, Save the Children and the Woodland Trust.
The Postcode Lottery has also enjoyed support from a string of celebrities, including Clare Balding, Carey Mulligan and Emma Thompson.
How to play
How to Play the Postcode Lottery
Like the National Lottery, the way this lottery works is nice and straightforward. You pay just a tenner a month to subscribe, payable by direct debit, debit card or PayPal. Tickets are based on a postcode which you choose; typically your home postcode.
Essentially, you can play with one, two or three tickets, i.e. one, two or three subscriptions.
Once you’ve signed up, you’re automatically entered for each draw. The more subscriptions you play with, the greater the prizes up for grabs. There are 10 draws a month.
Only postcodes which players have chosen are entered and drawn, so winners are always guaranteed, and players in thousands of different postcodes up and down the country win big each week.
If more than one resident in a winning postcode has tickets, all neighbours who’ve played collect prizes.
Sign up well before the end of one month to be entered into the following
Players in their droves thank their lucky postcodes as they bag these great rewards, week in, week out:
Every month, £3m is shared by winning players in a particular area whose postcode has been drawn.
Every day from Monday to Friday, you can grab a grand as £1,000 is paid for every ticket in 20 winning postcodes.
On Saturdays, £30,000 is shelled out to the holder of every ticket in a single winning postcode, while a tenner goes to ticket holders in a thousand winning postcodes.
Sundays are similar, the only difference being that every ticket in a thousand winning postcodes gets £15 rather than a tenner.
So at weekends, each ticket in one lucky postcode wins £30,000. Playing with two tickets doubles the prize money to £60,000, playing with three tickets takes it to £90,000.
Other monthly prizes include £5,000 in holiday vouchers and £2,000 of spending money for every ticket holder in one winning postcode, who will be able to jet off on a sun-drenched dream holiday.
Finally, again each month, there’s £25,000 for each ticket in one winning postcode, and a brand new BMW 1 Series for one winner.
With the holidays, again, these are fixed-sum prizes awarded per ticket, so the more you play with, the more you can win.