How Does Postcode Lottery Work?
People's Postcode Lottery is a subscription lottery which raises money for charities. Not only do our players win cash prizes, but good causes also receive essential support. Players sign up with their postcode and pay £12 per month. They are automatically entered into every draw and prizes are announced every day of the month. As 33% of the ticket price goes to charities, our players know that they are helping amazing causes every single day.
- Your ticket is based on your postcode. Only playing postcodes are entered into the draws.
- If your postcode gets lucky, every player in your postcode wins.
- No contract! Play for as long as you like.
- Find out how to play in our FAQ.
- Each subscription costs £12 per month to play. You pay by Direct Debit, Debit Card or PayPal.
- No need to remember to buy your ticket every week - sign up once and pay monthly in advance to play in all draws.
- If you win, you don't need to claim your prize - the money is paid into your bank account within 28 days.
- Find out more about payments in our FAQ.
Information About Prizes and Proceeds
How are winners selected?
Our winning postcodes are selected via random draws using software which has been certified by a Gambling Commission-approved testing house. The software uses a random number generator to pick out winning postcodes from the postcodes players have bought a ticket to enter.
20 draws are conducted each month with an independent adjudicator present, usually on the first Wednesday of the month. The winning postcodes are then announced on a daily basis as shown in the Prize Draw Calendar. Only playing postcodes (or, for the Postcode Millions and the £1 Million shared prize, valid tickets) are entered into our draws. So, there's always a guaranteed winner for every prize.
For all prizes except the monthly Postcode Millions and the £1 Million shared prize, playing postcodes enter each draw once. These prizes aren't shared, and each winning ticket claims the full advertised prize. Playing with more than one ticket in the same winning postcode? You win the prize amount for each ticket you play with. So, if your postcode wins a £30,000 Street Prize, and you play with two tickets, you'd win £60,000. Playing with three tickets? You’d win £90,000!
For the Postcode Millions prize, the specified prize money (which will be more than £1 Million) is shared. The prize is split between tickets in the full winning postcode and the surrounding postcode sector, and occasionally the larger postcode district. All tickets play, and a single winning ticket is selected to determine the full winning postcode. The maximum prize per ticket is 10% of the draw proceeds, up to £500,000. These are the maximum prize limits allowed by the Gambling Act 2005. For more information about how this works, check out section 2.7 in our Terms and Conditions.
For the £1 Million prize, the prize money is shared. The prize is split between tickets in the full winning postcode. If due to statutory restrictions on the maximum prize amount per winning ticket the full £1 million cannot be fully shared in the full winning postcode, the balance will be shared by tickets in the surrounding postcode sector, and occasionally the larger postcode district. All tickets play, and a single winning ticket is selected to determine the full winning postcode. The maximum prize per ticket is 10% of the draw proceeds, up to £500,000. These are the maximum prize limits allowed by the Gambling Act 2005. For more information about how this works, check out section 2.6 in our Terms and Conditions.
What prizes are on offer?
We announce winning postcodes every single day! Check out the Prizes you can win with your People’s Postcode Lottery ticket. This also includes details of the Postcode Millions prize which is a shared prize between players in a winning postcode and sector (or occasionally, the postcode district) every month.
The prizes advertised are drawn first. If, because of the number of players in the winning postcodes, this amounts to less than 40% of the money raised through ticket sales for that draw, we will usually keep drawing more postcodes to win more £10 prizes. On occasion after all advertised prizes have been drawn, any remaining money from the 40% of ticket sales is carried forward to be won in future draws by the same promoting society.
How proceeds are used
People's Postcode Lottery manage society lotteries for 20 different Postcode Trusts. Have a look at our Prize Draw Calendar which highlights the Postcode Trust promoting the draws. 33% of the cost of each ticket goes to the Postcode Trust promoting the draw, 40% is used for prizes and 27% is used for our lottery operating expenses. In 2022 our ticket sales were £554 Million.
The 20 Postcode Trusts may use proceeds from their lotteries to give grants to beneficiaries who meet their aims. Information about how the grants are allocated and previous recipients can be found on their websites, which can be accessed from our Charities page.
Likelihood of winning
It isn’t possible to predict the likelihood of winning a prize in future draws as this depends on the number of postcodes and tickets entered into the draws, and this can vary.
As a guide, 19.17% of playing postcodes won a prize from November's draws.