Postcode Lottery History
Players’ postcodes have been winning them cash since the People’s Postcode Lottery first piloted in August 2005. Take a look at what has happened since then to make it the game it is today.
In August 2018 it was announced that the number of winning postcodes selected in the Daily draw would increase from 10 to 20 from the 8th October, this means that there will be £20,000 in prizes to play for every weekday!
Here is a timeline of the other key events and changes that have occurred in the history of the game:
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 within the first week.
The 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.
The Scottish People's Postcode Lottery was drawn for the first time.
KY13 8 in Kinross became the first postcode sector to win £1 million, with 89 players sharing the prize.
The Scottish and English lotteries merged into one People's Postcode Lottery.
Wales joins the People's Postcode Lottery.
Celebrations occurred as it was announced that over £10 million had been raised for charities.
The percentage of ticket sale funds donated to good causes increased from 25% to 27.5%.
The amount donated to good causes from ticket sales rose to 30%.
The Weekly 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.
The number of winning postcodes drawn in the Daily Draw increased from five to ten, doubling players' chances of winning £1,000 each day!
The number of £1,000 postcodes drawn each weekday is set to increase again, going from ten up to twenty.