Postcodelottery.co.uk: Are You the UK Resident?
I know what you’re thinking when hearing about a lottery that has “postcode” in its name. What are these folks on about. It’s exactly what it says! PostCodeLottery runs lotteries that is based on your post code. It’s sold as a monthly subscription though you can purchase more than one. It’s run by “People’s Postcode Lottery” who manages society lotteries on behalf of charitable bodies. They support good causes (their words, not mine) all over Britain. Anyway, let’s all take a step back and see what exactly PostCodeLottery is about.
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How Can PostCodeLottery Win Me Millions?
PostCodeLottery is a subscription service. Each subscription buys one ticket for a month at a cost of £10 (plus .50p service fee). This ticket is based on your post code. You can buy as many monthly subscriptions as you’d like which means you might have three tickets on your post code. Why do this? Their millionaire prizes (six slated for 2013) are not in fact one individual jackpot but split amongst the people that live in an area based on the symbols (i.e. lowest prize is first three, second lowest is first four) in your post code. The person with the full winning post code gets the big prize. But, it is important to note according to their site “In accordance with the Gambling Act 2005, the maximum amount that can be won by a single ticket is 10% of the monthly UK ticket sales (up to and not exceeding £400,000)”. If you have three tickets, you could win three times in a specific shared draw.
Sounds confusing? You’re right. It took me quite a bit of time reading and re-reading information on their site to figure out how this actually works. The subscription also includes daily and weekly and monthly prizes based again – yes – on your post code.
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Stop the Presses
You have to have a British post code to play – so what am I doing here? Okay, I am reviewing this site to try and provide a review on what these folks offer and whether it’s for real or not, but if you don’t have a British post code stop reading now. You’re only wasting your time! Signing up for UK residents is easy on the lottery’s official website. Debit and credit cards alongside PayPal are accepted for purchasing subscriptions.
The Site at PostCodeLottery
Getting around PostCodeLottery’s site is painful. The information is scattered all of the place with no one location that provides a summary of what they offer. Too many words are done up in bold so reading is a chore. Okay I finally noticed up in the top right hand corner a little (very) place to click How It Works. The site simply draws your attention to so many other things, it was hard to get the basics!
Customer Service at PostCodeLottery
PostCodeLottery has their telephone number all over their site. You can ring them or complete a form asking them to call you back at a specific time. I’m not comfortable about this as sometimes I like my answers in writing at the same time, at least there is someone real you can talk with to discuss your question. People can also sign up for regular emails for PostCodeLottery news, updates and results.
Complaints at PostCodeLottery
Most complaint about PostCodeLottery were about the fact that some lottery representatives call them at inappropriate hours or inconvenient times [whocallsme.com]. There were also former players saying that they felt harassed by the lottery after refusing to continue to sign up for their service.
So Where Does the Profit Go?
One of the selling points of PostCodeLottery is that they direct a significant amount of the money collected from customers towards supporting charities. Looking at the charities list, it seems most are Scottish based. I wonder what people in Wales thinks of this? I was unable to determine for a fact whether some of the complaints regarding the manner in which the financial support was distributed were justified or just the result of disgruntled people (like from Wales).
The Bottom Line on PostCodeLotto
The bottom line is whether you think your post code is lucky. No seriously, I guess it would be almost irresistible for most people to want to get in on this game. Results are widely broadcast and it would be very frustrating to hear your post code or street won and you didn’t have a ticket. I can already hear my neighbor rubbing it in. This might account for the popularity of this game.
No Numbers to Pick
Lots of Prizes
MUST HAVE A UK RESIDENCE
This is not a lottery that is going to make you a millionaire but it will provide some fun and part of likes the idea that I don’t have try to figure out what my lucky numbers could be. It’s a cute little lottery that the average person can play and feel they are supporting charities. But, the bottom line is you must have a UK address to play!
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