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The Postcode Lottery History

Players’ postcodes have been winning them cash since the People’s Postcode Lottery first piloted the game in the August 2005. Here’s what has happened since then to make it the game it is today.

Previous Changes to the Postcode Lottery

The Post Code Timeline
31st Aug 2005

People's Postcode Lottery was piloted in the north of England, with Mary Burnip of Chester-le-Street winning the £25,000 top prize later that week.

May 2007

The lottery's Dutch parent company launched the first Postcode Lottery Green Challenge to reward companies and services that help the environment with prizes ranging up to €500,000.

4th Jan 2008

The Scottish People's Postcode Lottery was drawn for the first time.

27th Nov 2008

KY13 8 in Kinross became the first postcode sector to win £1 million, with 89 players sharing the prize

Jan 2009

The Scottish and English lotteries merged into one People's Postcode Lottery.

Jan 2010

Wales joins the People's Postcode Lottery.

15th Sep 2010

The lottery celebrated raising over £10 million for charities.

3rd Jul2015

The lottery increased the amount of the ticket price donated to good causes, rising from 25 percent to 27.5 percent.


The amount donated to good causes from ticket sales rose to 30%.


The Postcode Lottery Street Prize increased from £25,000 to £30,000. The draw process also changed, with one winner being selected on a Saturday and another winner being selected drawn on a Sunday.