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  1. Now you tell me this isn’t a fix “This is the second time in a row that a Berkshire postcode has won our monthly £3 Million prize. Residents in RG2 8NZ in Reading, only seven miles away, scooped the prize last month”

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  2. Looks like the PC Lottery are cutting back on it’s spending as it’s probably paid too much to ITV, looks like it’s not paying trust pilot anymore. Good job I have now cancelled mine. I know it’s a gamble non of us are stupid but like the other reviews it is always the same areas winning. It’s time this lottery gave more to the players, rather than the charities as it is our money after all.

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    • Today the 9th of June, have a look at the SE London postcodes, 35mins away in a car driving time and yet 66% of the postcodes are playing, it’s a scam. Have just cancelled mine

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  3. All the negative reviews are all true, I have been checking the daily prize wins for some time and it is the same areas now, considering 66% of the postcodes are playing why are the winners that are getting picked living a few miles away from each other? Another thing you can guess a month in hand which postcodes are going to win the weekend draws by the amount of times those postcodes win on the £1k daily draw. This lottery goes on about algorithms but computer only gives out what it’s programmed to do. I have played for seven years, play four tickets and won £80. Only the new players are winning the large amounts and the older players win £10 to keep them quiet but isn’t it bizarre the winnings go into your account a day before the Direct Debit is due.

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  4. It’s been £30k for the last ten years it’s time it was increased like all the other prizes and on a permanent basis.

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  5. I agree with every single one of the one star reviews. I have cancelled mine by DD this lottery has had plenty out of me with hardly anything in return, seems it spends more on adverts and sending everyone a cheap Birthday postcard and a stupid advent calendar that still advertises. I hope this lottery loses thousands of players because if you ask me it deserves it. Same areas winning all the time

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  6. I live in a council house and I play with six subs. I like to give despite not having much myself but I think it’s time I quit. My total win has been £310 seems a lot but this lottery is getting £720 a year from me. I agree with some of the others it’s always nice houses that seem to get the larger amounts. My home probably doesn’t fit in to that category but at least I can sleep at night knowing I am helping charities out. I would be happy with a £1k win but I haven’t even won that. I have looked at the winning maps and nobody have won anything more than £20 per sub. I am also a little confused in that 66% of the postcodes are playing but like others, it’s the same areas winning, how is that possible? I contacted the lottery a few days ago and I was informed that me alone I have raised over £900 for charities (that’s great to hear) but I do think this lottery should be giving more prizes out. I did some investigating and this lottery spends over £150m in advertising, plus what it pays google to be at the top of the search engine. I think the daily £1k draws show be increased to 50 postcodes on a permanent basis. I also think the £20 and £10 prizes should be increased as well maybe to £50 and £100 respectably.

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  7. All the one-star reviews are correct, come on Postcode, if 66% off the postcodes are playing why are the same areas winning? I have looked at all the daily draws and you cannot deny it. I have cancelled my direct debit

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  8. I was a player for ten years and closed it down I have given over £14.4k to those charities (total wins being £120) I have done enough I would have been over the moon with £1k. All the best in what this charity does but you will lose many more players if you don’t play ball and alloy all new players to win big!

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  9. I am about ready to terminate my subscription I have been a player for nine years and currently play with four subscriptions my total win has been £120. I like to give but you don’t seem to be giving to those who have played for years. The prize fund hasn’t changed despite thousands of new players joining. I think it’s time you increased the prize fund and perhaps add some more prizes, for example, how about doing a daily £500 prize for fifty winning postcodes? I also agree with other reviews on here that you could increase the £30k prize fund either to £50k on a weekend or do it on a daily basis permanently. The jackpot has been £3m for years that could also be increased as well, I also agree with another review in bringing back the BMW cars and holiday vouchers it appears this lottery takes prizes away but never increases them on a permeant basis.

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  10. After looking at the reviews I am now convinced that I am wasting my money. I have won a few £10 and one £1000 when I first joined. Have now decided to cut my losses and run. I will not be contributing again, too much money going to staff not enough in prizes or charities
    A. Cheshire

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  11. well I have been doing this for three years now and as they say the first year you have a couple but nothing since then. and what they say the more there are in that post code the better chance well we only have 8 in mine so got no chance. I am seriously thinking of giving it up as only got so much income to spend.

    good luck to you all you do feel sometimes it feels like a scam Maureen Penny

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  12. I have to agree with all the negatives I am afraid, you seem to win when you first join or when you cancel a subscription or when you add more. I find it also a little strange that despite over two million postcodes playing its either the same places winning or you win £10 exactly one year after joining how is this possible. I agree with another comment on here regarding the prize funds as well, if this lottery can afford to join partners with the soap Emmerdale it can afford to increase all prize funds on a permanent basis. BA, BA, CV, NE, PL, etc are winning every single day how shocking is that considering all these people play. I play with four subscriptions over a six year period so I have given a lot to Charles but more to the payroll of the employees. If only others would follow and cancel like me, just a few thousand a month and then this lottery will realise what game it is playing with US the players.

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  13. I have been a player for six years I like to give but you don’t see to be getting much back. I agree with the other reviews on here. It is the same area winning just look at the daily draws for a start over one million play and its the same areas that in itself sounds a bit suspect. The prize funds have rarely been increased apart from on rare occasions where you see an increase for a week or two. Where did the BMW go? where did the holiday vouchers and cash go? The £10 and £20 pound draws you to have thousands winning it is now down to one thousand postcodes. Playing for many years and I have NEVER seen anyone win the maximum amount which is £400k. I have NEVER seen anyone win a good amount playing with the maximum six subscriptions. The weekend draw is one postcode why not increase that to ten? sounds a lot but let’s be honest this charity is making plenty. I would like to see the prize winners of the daily £1k be increased to 100 postcodes a day on a permanent basis. I would also like to see the £30k weekend draw be increased to £100k per subscription if not what about £75k per subscription. I live in East Cleveland and nobody has won anything more than £20. I know the lottery reads all these reviews so I will say something else. EMMERDALE how much of our money has been spent on that? Play fair and let everyone have a chance of winning the larger amounts instead of NEWCASTLE, MANCHESTER, etc winning all the larger amounts

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  14. Why is postcode lottery taking sometimes £30 per month when I agreed to £10 per month.
    Not happy. Going to cancel

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  15. This lottery seems to spend more on advertisements than on prize funds no wonder it did a special for April and May because people won’t be happy I mean how much would it have cost to do product placement with ITV Emmerdale its an absolute disgrace I agree with them.

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  16. Today is Easter Sunday 2020 and I have just seen an advert showing winners of the postcode lottery! HOW? We have been in lockdown for some weeks now and surely the organiser can use a telephone video to show viewers the winners. This got me thinking that there must be a scam somewhere, well, maybe not a scam but something is NOT RIGHT.

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  17. OMG Postcode lottery are now going to be sponsoring Emmerdale in a multi million pound deal to be rumoured in excess of £40m. I am disgusted by this, so this lottery is going to be spending over £150m a year in sponsoring Emmerdale and the general advertising. This is where our money is going, it’s not happy that 66% of the UK inc Scotland and the rest playing, that’s giving us less chance of winning as it is. I have played since inception over 11yrs I play with (yes) six subscriptions I don’t have a lot of money but I play because like others thinking I will win big and be in a position to move from this village that I live in. Occasionally the prize pot increases but then the following month it goes back to its normal prize fund amounts. More and more people are playing yet it’s been £30k for years. I will now close my account via Direct Debit

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  18. Like many reviews it is always the same postcodes winning. I have noticed that April and May draws the daily £1k with incase from 20 to 40 that’s great to hear but it should be on a permanent basis. I have been a player since 2012 and my total win has been £40 I play with two tickets. I will see how it goes for a few more months then I will be cancelling. I think I have given enough. I agree with the other review and that 66% of postcodes are now playing so the chances are now very slim. I agree with the other review in bringing back the BMW cars and give away some apple proctors to loyal players as it seems that they are the backbone of this lottery by playing with lots of tickets. I also agree with some reviews that the larger charities don’t need the money especially when you check their accounts. Charities that have £300m in cash don’t need money. I know a few people who have cancelled because of the same area postcodes winning its starting to look a bit biased.

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  19. I agree with all these negative reviews I have been playing since the beginning and I have been playing with three subscriptions my total win has been £90. I agree with another review it’s now becoming a joke, yes its a gamble but why are the same postcodes winning all the time and the same areas Newcastle and Audenshaw? I read one of the players won a book token that in itself is a disgrace, why don’t you give out gift vouchers instead or for example in December do the £50k that you are doing in April every single day in December and bring back the BMW cars and have those drawn every Friday? I also think that loyalty should be rewarded as well all those players who play with multiple subscriptions the ones that play with four or more you never hear any of them winning anything especially the larger wins. Why not do something like “Christmas Santa sack” and give away ten thousand iPads or iMacs I am sure you will get a discount for bulk orders, its thing like these that encourage people to either play or remain, you need to do more

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  20. 66% now play this lottery and still based on my maths (percentage) £11m extra a month is being added to the monthly funds but no increase in prize funds, why? Every so after it does the £30k on a daily basis but even basing it on twenty people winning the larger amounts it still doesn’t add up.

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  21. I play this because of the charities who benefit and have won, a number of times albeit small sums. Find it very frustrating that the majority of winners of bigger prizes are mostly English especially with postcode beginning with letter B. Sometimes feel like canceling but think about the charities who benefit. I would like to know the way in which draw is made however????

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  22. I have been playing for quite a few years TS12 3, won a few £10 and odd £20 I play to give as well as win, just like people play the national one to win whilst giving. Why are these £30k winners only ever been playing for a few months yet people who have played for numerous amount of years never win anything more than £20? I think it is becoming a farce to be honest with you, it’s to get people to play that’s why this lottery does the newly joined winners. I do wish you would respond to emails after all our subscriptions are paying your wages and your CEO over £2m a year in salaries. Please also sort your tacky birthday postcards out and tacky advent calendars as well its an insult either improve the quality or just don’t bother sending them out. I also think it is time that you increased the £1k daily price to either £2k per sub OR increase the winner from 20 to 40 and stop with the same areas winning all the time. I also know you can afford to do the £30k weekend draw everyday on a permanent basis not every other month in fact the weekend draw in April will be £50k why not do that on a permanent basis and do that everyday you can afford it, stop giving out the bare minimum

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  23. It seems it’s up the country. not where I live. I think it’s waste the money. I won about 6 times not big money 10 pounds

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  24. When I first started playing PPL I won a few random tenners but then they dried up, assumed they were sweeteners. I have now given it up, basically because I found out that they had donated to a political organisation on the basis that it was a ‘good cause’. I prefer to know that my money is going to a real good cause or charity.

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  25. Been playing for about a year and only won £10 within the first 2 months. Seems that this is the case of a lot of reviews on here. May be some sort of scam and I will stop paying soon.

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  26. The advert always shows people in the same street winning and acting surprised. Surely they have to let you know before hand to ensure you are home when they do the hand over. I would say thanks and not dance around like a clown. Why spend so much on advertising and what has George Clooney got to do with it.

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    • The draws are selected on the first Wednesday of the month. what happens is you get a telephone call one week prior to the presenter coming to your home. I know this because my friend won £30k last year. I myself have played for 7yrs and won a few £10s

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  27. I’ve been playing since it’s inception and have won on average 4x£10 every year. Not exactly my money back but still winning so the theory that old tickets don’t win is mistaken. Also, won a book today

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  28. You can see from their accounts that the split of income is approx 30% for the charities, 40% for prizes and 30% for expenses. Difficult to tell what is included in expenses and who it is paid to – no doubt the staff are paid well. If you want to give money to charity give it directly as you then know where the money is going and 100% plus tax aid of 20% (if you are a uk tax payer) go to the charity you choose.

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  29. Details of Directors of Postcode Lottery Company Cash & directorships.
    Most directors appear to be Dutch, Not British.
    Summary of accounts December 2019 show Cash of +£25,000,000 in last submitted accounts.
    Payouts to charities seem small.
    Camelot National Lottery owned by A Canadian Teachers Pension Fund seems perverse in holding 2,3,4 £Billions in Cash!
    Camelot winning odds have become insanely long, but making Tons of Cash for Foreign Owners.
    Had Camelot “Wins “ of £2.70..means a win of 20 p! After return of Stake money!
    Had Camelot “Wins “ of £2.30..means a LOSS! Not a Win at all! Not even return of stake
    A well run National Lottery focused on truly boosting Punters winnings & Half of all bettors money given to many dubious, dodgy, do-goody agencies, eg.£Billions to Arts, Asylum seekers & countless others.
    Totally unfair on the Camelot punters.
    Big lucrative Gravy Train for Rich organisers.
    We’re just Mugs!

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  30. I worked for a charity that was helped by them, so got to know them a bit. Found them brilliant to work with. Most funders ask charities for lots in return, but People’s Postcode Lottery want the charities to thank players only, and they want the charities to use the funds to make the biggest difference to their work.

    The government prevents them from being able to offer higher prizes or larger prize funds because they’re regulated under charity lotteries (“society lotteries”) law. Camelot is regulated as the National Lottery which has separate law, and is protected in its unique position to help it do as much good as possible for the UK.

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  31. After watching the recent advert with the likes of George Clooney and many others (those lot won’t do it for free) and the fact that I have played for numerous amount of years and won the odd £10. I have now cancelled. I have played for over seven years so my subscription fee has helped many out. We all got an advent calendar that is pure trash and not fit for purpose. I wish the lottery well with its causes but more and more people are playing and the prize fund hasn’t been increased to reflect this. What the lottery cannot get into their thick heads that people play to win money whilst helping charities yet the cash funds have remained the same, even with the regular daily draws of £30k throughout the year the figures don’t add up especially when this lottery spends over £140m on advertisements. People who have played for years should be winning the larger cash prizes but its only new players who seems to be winning. I also wish this lottery stops telling people what to say “We only play to give to charities” which is a lie, you play to win cash or you would just give directly ta a charity and win zero pounds

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    • As the UK Government wants only the National Lottery to be able to offer truly life-changing prizes, legislation prevents Postcode Lottery, and indeed charities, from offering really high prize amounts. This is to protect the National Lottery for its national role.

      The People’s Postcode Lottery is regulated as a “society lottery”. The maximum draw they can have is for £4m and maximum prize can be £400k (10% of the draw). In reality, draws need to be a bit below £4m as it’s illegal for them to go even £1 over or they could lose their licence.

      32% of the draw goes directly to charities, which is just amazing (the prize draw calendar on their site shows what charities benefit). It all sounds too good to be true but as someone who worked for a charity who benefits, I can confirm they are genuinely amazing and the easiest funder by a mile to work with. And we got the 32% funds within a week of the draw every time.

      They like ongoing relationships with charities to deliver long-term improvement so that the Postcode Lottery money from players is used sustainably – they are truly exceptional and a hugely responsible, most unusual funder. And they ask charities to thank the players, not the organisation, so they’re a very modest bunch.

      The Clooney Foundation gets funding from the Postcode Lottery (as published on their site and per press releases), so I am sure George was delighted to do that video free! 🙂

      Every draw is independently witnessed. The Gambling Commission audits them regularly (and they’re absolute sticklers). They’re a very responsible organisation who are genuinely there “for people and planet”.

      I agree that it’s complicated understanding the draws and prizes and think they could do more to make that easier to understand. Their latest ad helped, I thought. But remember that because of the legislation, they effectively have a brake on growth.

      Final note is this is unfortunately a GB-only lottery, as there’s separate legislation in Northern Ireland and the Postcode Lottery operates under a GB licence, so aren’t UK-wide.

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  32. Won a few £10 sweeteners then nothing, Notice 90% of £30k winners live in a postcode with only 1 or 2 players so they don’t have at pay out a fortune. Also daily £1000 winners always have groups from same area every day

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  33. I won a few £10 and two £15 in the first year of playing and then nothing at all over the past 2 years which, if you read the reviews seems to be a recurring theme with many players! They pay out in the first year to keep you hooked and then all goes quiet. I think an immediate investigation needs to be carried out with this lottery and more proof of all winning pay outs revealed. Just seems to be so corrupt and I for one am cancelling my subscription as of today!

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  34. Been in this lottery for 2yrs never even won a tenner. Live in the Manchester area, no Ms between 10 and 20 in daily prizes ever come out. Total waste of time. Think its time to cancel.

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  35. It seems they pick so called popular postcodes. We are in an affluent postcode but are not like the rest. So over looked.

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  36. People say the Midlands always wins? I live in the Midlands b64 area and to date this postcode has only had 3 x 1000 wins, 1 this year 2019, 2 last year 2018, no other big wins!!!

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  37. crap. you get a little “tickle” win in the first few weeks of a tenner or so then sfa for ever. I’ve done it in several postcodes and the same happens every time AQ few quid in the beginning to keep you playing. Then zip. Scam! I’ve cancelled

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  38. Have been a member of postcode lottery for a few years, and only won about £30 so god knows were my postcode has gone, and not won more.

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  39. We all know that this is a lottery but I do think that it is being manipulated. All the winners have only been playing for a few months what about people who have been playing for years? you never hear anyone on the adds saying that. It is always areas where loads are playing. In my postcode only I am playing (seven houses were built) nobody aparts from me is playing the nearest player is 93 miles away. The postcode lottery only knows where I live when it sends a tacky postcode saying happy birthday and a tacky advent calendar at Christmas that isn’t fit for purpose. Why is this lottery giving stupid book tokens out now as prizes (how many will get a book) it is a complete waste of money

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  40. Postcode Lottery absolutely as with all lotteries you’d better live in the right area, postcode, or county. 99% of all winners are home owners 70% seem to be new build 400,000 plus properties. Oh and Joan pet minding services, home and business on a piece of land you could build 100 large homes. About oh I can have holiday photos are a scam as well

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  41. I agree with all the negative reviews on here. I have been playing for 7yrs and I have won in total £40, £20 when I first joined and the same a few weeks ago. I also agree it is the same areas winning all of the time how can the same area win the millions draw 3yrs in a row. I will be cancelling mine on Monday.

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  42. I think this lottery is a farce where there is money involve there a fiddle, the computer can be program. on the other hand your number could be destroyed after the computer has produced your number, I would like to know if an independent person is over viewing the draw at all times.

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  43. I have been playing for years started getting a few 10 and 20 pound wins regular but none for a couple of years, what has happened to the holiday and car draws. Just like the national lottery draws it seems change the format and the less chance you have to win

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  44. I’ve been playing for 5 years with 2 subscriptions and have won 21 times, totaling £420 (all small wins). Someone within our postcode won £30,000 year before last. We are in the east of the country. The area where I live is not particularly affluent and is made up of both private and rented homes, there are no Bentleys or Porsches on the drives and we even ‘enjoy’ the odd bit of Urban Artwork in the form of graffiti or vandalism. No one turned up and put a gun to my head demanding I subscribe to the Postcode Lottery! It is ridiculous to think that this lottery is ‘fixed’. If you do a Google search for postcode lottery winners and click on images, you’ll see that practically every other picture is on a council estate. If you feel that all the winners are based in the midlands or in affluent areas then there is nothing to stop you opting in with a postcode from that area. If you don’t like it then please stop playing and increase my chances of winning a bigger prize.

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    • I have done my research and I strongly disagree with you. Last December the daily 30k prize for all of December were from houses worth over £400k apart from one that was worth £275k. Why is it it’s the same postcode areas winning all the time? St Helens 3yrs on the trot? Why should people stop playing to increase your chances of winning? I have played for 11yrs (since the start) and my total win has been £60 I play with two subscriptions. People who have been winning big (click on that postcode) have literally hundreds playing within that cluster of postcodes. Apart from my postcode only my postcode is playing with a 83 mile radius so you tell me if this lottery is fair because I don’t think it is and why? because all this big winners have only been playing between 1-6 months, you have never heard any winner say “well I have been playing for X amount of years so its been worth it in the end.

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  45. Postcode millions at St Helens again 3yrs on the trot. I am starting to believe it goes on the amount of players in a sector. SCAM

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  46. So the PCL this year has gained an extra 1m players allow doe 25% to have left is an extra 7.5m a month minus charities share and payroll still leaves around 4.7m extra a month yet, the prize fund has dropped? average ticket in the millions is now 180k nowhere near the 400k limit per sub. I have noticed that the PCL have either stopped paying trust pilot a fee or it’s been banned from that site. (I don’t know which). I emailed them a month ago questioning various things like same postcode areas winning. why has the prize fund been cut (the millions draw) and as of yet I have not received a response. I even contacted the CEO on social media and was blocked, so do the maths and think what you want to think

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  47. Apparently you don’t have to use your own postcode just one which is registered with the Royal Mail. Someone in Manchester has just won £30K from a postcode which I suspect is not his/her home address. However, it seems as if this is quite legal. How many people playing the postcode lottery would know that he/she can use any old postcode to play with. It sounds illegal and unfair to me but presumably if one was to read the fine print there will be something covering this. My husband thinks it is quite legit – he says that in areas where there are larger populations there will be more wins. Personally I am disappointed and would be happier if everyone played with their own postcode – perhaps it is time to leave???

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  48. I’ve played for 5yrs with a 2 month break then rejoined. Another winner who joined last month and won £30k. I have cancelled my 4 subs. I have won £20. I would be happy with a £1k win but not even that

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  49. It appears that I seem to win £10, once a year, just to keep my interest.
    May as well just save it in a jar!

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  50. Not had a win for over cant remember last never had a daily win best ever was £15.00 might aswell cancel most winners are in the midlands not heard of anyone in Cornwall win a daily or weekly so im now thinking its a bit of a scam

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  51. Yes guys l agree with you all have played for years and have won £20 all the big money if there are any seams to go the midlands and wales l am now going to cancel had enough of this bull.

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  52. I agree with the above
    I have 3 tickets not won now since last Christmas 2018.

    Not that many winners on the Isle of Wight.

    But will keep trying

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  53. Another £30k win in Manchester again. That player only been playing since march and we’re in August. I have played this lottery (play with 4 subs) and won £80 in total. I have been playing for nine years. It has to be a scam. New winners winning big and the ones that have been playing for years win nothing. Now CANCELLED

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  54. At first l was sceptical but now l just got s cheque through the door £1000.
    Any lottery is a gamble similar to premium bonds your hoping your number will come.

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  55. Agree with earlier reviewer, if you don’t live in Birmingham and surrounding areas you don’t really win. The postcode lottery also DO NOT like it if you post s review on Trustpilot and call it a big con. There’s lots of phrasing that you cannot use when saying it’s not s fair system. Many midlanders are a few pounds or £1000 of pounds better off. Check the results weekly and you’ll see what I’m on about.

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    • Interesting take.

      The most recent millions winners in order were Cwmbran, Washington, North Uist and Blackburn.

      I think most people on here leaving bad reviews just don’t understand how a lottery actually works. Postcodes are drawn at random, with an independent adjudicator overseeing everything. It is a game of CHANCE. You are not guaranteed to win.

      Some of you think you’re entitled to win just because you pay £10 every month haha, c’mon now, be sensible.

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      • Are you an employe? I have played for 6yrs I play with 6 subscriptions. (YES SIX) I have won about £200 in total. Explain why the same areas are winning? Explain why small villages never win big? Explain why newly joined winners are winning the £30k prize pots? On the adverts everyone says “I cannot believe it we have only been playing for three months or we have only been playing for six months or we have only been playing for a month” How is that possible when 66% of the UK is playing. Look at the winning postcodes are see who are winning? Now I am very good at maths. I have a maths degree (1.1) even I cannot add up the figures.

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    • The post code lottery if you type in the postcode your see the winners aren’t poor the pictures they show are a joke. Old lady has a pet sitting service yes 2.5 million pounds of business and property most have homes in excess of 400,000 even the 1000 and 2000 prizes should be called affluent Street lottery. Your see no council estate

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    • That’s very true iv bn doing this lottery for yrs and I mean yrs I live in a tower block in nechells Birmingham what do u think my chances are of ever winning iv never seen anyone in a block actually winning

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      • In any lottery mate your right. Had a street near me win the posh end it’s called and another in Rm5 another with many posh ends.

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  56. I have been playing for a few years. I have an ‘E’ postcode-London area. It seems that the majority of wins go to EH, EX areas, followed by EN then rarely E postcodes. I have phoned the customer services on 2 occasions and to ask for contact details of the adjudicator but to no avail. I know it’s a lottery, but the wins do not seem random. Like many other ‘winners’, I haven’t won more than £20. PLAY FAIR PCL

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  57. I think everyone needs to see the full country map of the winners to see it’s a fix

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  58. Been doing it for years and am considering stopping as others say seems to be certain less fortunate areas are the winners repeatedly

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  59. I agree with a lot of the comments above..I have never won anything and it does seem the same areas win repeatedly..

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  60. I cancelled cos most wins were Scotland where lottery was founded, and that is same with charities they giving back to there routes.
    But last month ish the next street to me won big, so I signed up again lol.
    I’m sure will cancel again.
    Andy from Ellesmere Port

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  61. Sorry, Jane Derbyshire that thumbs down was an accident! However, just want to put out here I do know someone in my home town in north wales that’s won £25,000 on the postcode lottery along with I think it was about 4 others in his street! So yes it does happen! Me however I’ve been playing just a year and won £10 twice. Better than some but I’m greedy I want more 🙂

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  62. I have been doing the postcode lottery for 5 years and only ever won a couple of £10, so I am inclined to think it is a con and I don’t no anyone that has won a big win only £10 and I have 16 different friends doing it. I think I will just stop doing it now and give to a charity of my own choice. Will be advising my friends to. The postcode scam ?

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  63. I have been playing the Postcode Lottery for a while now and I’ve had some wins. Only small amounts so far. I don’t have any complaints. What people have to realise is that it is a lottery. It would be nice to get a big win but with any lottery it’s the luck of the draw.

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    • We know this a lottery we are not stupid, but I have played for 11yrs and won £10 twice. Yet every advert says “we have only been playing for a few month. “We play to give to charity and winning is a bonus” lets be honest every single person plays to win money otherwise you would just give directly to the charity of your choosing not what the lottery gives

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  64. I have played for 4 years, have not won a single penny. I live in Cambridge and rent my home. Just because I live in the East of England, we are all not rich. It would be nice for the postcode to win, and NOT ALWAYS IN THE NORTH AND SCOTLAND.

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  65. This is a skewed lottery designed to prey on the needy hoping to get something for nothing. There is clearly not a fair distribution of wins. Based on postcode distribution you would expect to see smaller numbers of wins from Wales, Scotland and, as you would expect, the Isle of Wight). However, you don’t see big winners from:
    1. Ethnic minorities
    2. Non-houses (apartments, caravan parks etc)
    3. Middle-class areas ( any 4-5 bedroom houses on the adverts?).

    The split of charities also seems a little suspect. Add to that the implication that prizes arrive:
    a. Just after you join;
    b. When you threaten to leave….

    tells you all you need to know about the randomness of this. And if isn’t random, it isn’t a lottery.

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  66. I don’t understand why some people are saying things like,’ The winners are always shown outside new properties’, or, ‘Most winners seem to be from the north.’ The simple fact is that its a fix to fleece money from the general public. Think about it, would you or anyone you know want to broadcast to the whole country that your postcode or house hold has just won a few hundred thousand pound? Absolutely not. Who are all these so called winners dancing about on their so called winning street? They aren’t. They are either actors or in my opinion the general public who have been asked to pretend to be winners under the guise that actual winners want anonymity, which would makes sense. Don’t be fooled people of Britain and give money to charities of your choosing at an amount which you can afford. I am English and proud to be but I am not proud of how society in this country has become. This is not just ‘Rip off Britain’ but ‘Brain washed Britain’ too. ‘Come on people and wake up’.

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  67. Check out the big wins there nearly all ways start with two letters a number, (eg LC 4 – – -)

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  68. I have played this lottery for 11yrs and I play with 6 subs total win has been £90. For those who say we play to give well I have certainly gave my fair share haven’t I. I do wish this lottery who stop advertising that people have only been playing for 2,3,4,5,6 months. I am also fed up with all these winners winning and standing outside new build properties and £500k plus houses. I live in a council house so I guess I don’t fall in to the winning category. I have read many reviews on here and I agree with them all. It is nice to give but its also nice to win something big, I would be happy with a £1k win after all I have paid thousands into it. One person mentioned about the millions draw in that it is always over 250 winners. Judgiing by my postcode sector around 70 play so no chance here. 64% off postcodes are now playing.. The odds are 1 in 3.3 million based on my maths

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  69. uve only to look at the background people who won big amounts new housing estates as they say money goes to money why wud they want to put photos of a run down estate it wud be a show up I do think it’s a fix giving it a few months more and I’m canceling

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    • All prizes mate your right type in the postcodes of all prizes. Like the national lottery poor making the wealthy even more wealthy

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  70. I joined and won £10 in the first week but then not a sausage for months so I cancelled and guess what I won £10 in the last week – a bit suspicious

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  71. It’s great – I haven’t won but i feel good about giving to charity (I’m ashamed to say this was never a regular occurrence for me prior…bit selfish I suppose) at the end of the day it’s a lottery! We can’t all be winners but i like seeing the photos on the site of people who have won (usually older, working class) and it gives me a good feeling inside. It’s only a tenner a month and if you can’t afford it and are playing solely to win – then your on to a loser really aren’t u? It’s a lottery not a guarantee!

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  72. Why are so many winners from the northern part of the country!!!! Beginning to think it’s fixed.

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  73. After joining the postcode lottery in January 2016 I won in the first week and 5 times in all that year (£10 per time) so my partner joined and in 2017 we both won 3 times up to July… Then… Nothing.. Not a sausage.. In 2 years since. For these statistics to be random as we are led to believe would take a fancyful leep.. Was I baited and trapped? We have now spent at least £760.. YES I BELIEVE I WAS.. I am now going to investigate this.. The odds.. The likelyhood.. Of my win statistics and the means by which our postcodes are entered into your draw.. Most sincerely John Holden

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  74. I have been doing it for three years and not even won £10.00 by the way I live in a flat!!

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  75. My postcode showed 5 wins in 7 months of £10 last year before I joined and since I joined (over 12 months ago) there have been no wins at all. It makes me think it’s all a big scam

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  76. I feel like the postcodes which are more populated with white people are always picked and are winning and it also certain postcodes aswell

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  77. All your adverts on tv show new housing estates or similar. Do u ever visit terraced housing areas?

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  78. Has anyone else noticed that all these five star reviews have an emoji at the end of the sentence? Personally I think they are employees of the lottery. I have played this lottery for seven years with a short three month break whilst I was on sick leave. In total I have won £20 in total I play with two subs. I called the lottery and asked if anyone has won £1k or more and was told (the call centre staff can go back 4yrs) NO. I agree with some of the other reviews and that it is always nice houses that win with trim backed hedges. I play to give but like others would be happy with a £1k win.

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  79. It is all a vicious scam designed to line the pockets of those in charge of it and their own objectives. An unregulated lottery by the British government.

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  80. It seems to me that only houses win, I never see a winning in an apartment..
    I joined 5 years ago and won £20, is it because I live in an apartment?

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  81. We have been doing this which’s seems for ever we have won 3 ten pounds, which is terrible, you never here about any big wins in hull Hu47ab if there as been they keep it quiet disappointed going to cancel right now

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  82. Been playing for 5 years and won £10 I pay £10 a month on this I’ve won more on the normal lottery.

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  83. I’m on the verge of cancelling my subscriptions too! I feel I’m throwing money away on the Postcode Lottery and the more I read about it, the less I feel its actually an honest lottery and more a scam!!

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  84. What to look out for is this: the biggest scam of all, and I don’t think many people have looked at this aspect: when signing up for the first time 2 x £10 is deducted from your bank account and they say it’s for the first two months. But the next month they take another £10. When you cancel, and you’ve just paid the second month, you are only in the lottery for that month. But wait – look at the sums above – it amounts to £30 but you only have two months’ entries into the lottery. Therein lies the scam. I’ve joined, cancelled. Joined again a few months later and then cancelled again. Same thing each time. So I will never join again, and I would really discourage anyone to join. But I did win £10 the first time on each occasion of joining. It’s as though they ‘give’ you back the extra £10. There is someone else near me who has joined. it’s a very rural area so easy to see who is buying tickets! They’ve won nothing except for when I joined the two times, and when they obviously first joined. Since then, they’ve won nothing more.

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  85. The computer only does what the programmer tells it to, after winning my customary £10 I’m cancelling my account as the lottery is a scam..

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  86. I am with postcode lottery last 4 years and received only £80. Paying £20 every month. My postcode RM16 2, no one in this area got big amount of money. I think I am going to stop it

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  87. Cancelled mine after seven years. I played with four subs. I called to cancel and the guy used every trick in the postcode lottery book to keep me playing. He said and I will quote ” Do you only play to win” My response was “yes” those people on the adverts that win are told what to say. He disagreed yet when I mentioned a person I know won £25k nine years ago he went quiet. Every week you hear people say “we’ve only been playing for two months or six months or even one year” you never hear anyone in the interviews “we’ve been playing for eight years” I don’t think for a moment it’s a scam but I do know one thing and that a computer will only put out what it is programmed to do as independently adjudicated as it maybe it is always the postcodes (million draw) that have over 300 winners in that sector. I do think it’s time that people in council houses and small villages win a bit.

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  88. It seems most winners are north of Watford. Hardly anyone wins ‘down South’. Have held three tickets for a few years. Had only a couple of £10 wins. Is this a fix???

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  89. I resisted from taking part when I discovered that you can use ANY UK postcode of your choice and NOT necessarily your own postcode…just pay the £10 to them is all!

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  90. I think the same all adds of people winning all seem to be in rich areas nice houses not council houses even though we live in a council house bought lovely area

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  91. I’m also disappointed in the lottery joined in 2014 won once 2015 won once added 2more tickets won twice in 2016 won 3 times in 2017 twice in 2018 and twice so far this year all of these were £10 amounts. In my area only 1 postcode has won £1000 NO ONE in Wolverhampton as far as I know has won a big amount so definitely thinking hard about leaving then I suppose when I have my postcode will win big!!

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  92. Like another review on here I have been playing for over five years and I play with many subscriptions. Nobody in the TS12 3 area has won more than £20. I play too give but it’s nice to win something more than £20 per subscription. Has the prize fund dropped because it’s now up to £180k per subscription. I play with multiple subs because I have it in my head that if I win on the weekend draw I can buy a bungalow to help with my medical problems. (yes I know I am stupid) I don’t have a lot off money but it’s annoying at the same time that these big winners have only been playing for a few months. I also have noticed that you never see a small village win big. A day doesn’t go by and its the same areas winning the daily prize. Come on pcl if you read these, be a little more fairer in your draws. When it was the daily Christmas draw for December not one house was from a council estate all but one were from houses worth over £400k

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    • I cancelled as it only seems to be postcodes up north that win. Only won 3 x £10 – not really a win, just a free month of playing! I’m going to put my money into premium bonds instead. That way you have a chance to win, but also are not losing any money!

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      • I disagree with you there Jenny. I live up north in a small village. I have been a player for 9yrs and I have won £40 in total.

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  93. How come B70 has had so many large wins? Doesn’t appear to be random.

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  94. Hi I have been playing for a year now I play with 3 tickets per month that’s £30 not once had I won anything am starting to think this is a scam local residence in Chadderton haven’t won much since November and that was just £10 thinking of cancelling in May

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  95. I think the adverts are a big con nobody can act that surprised they would have to let you know when they are coming to ensure you are at home. I don’t think I would jump up down like an idiot I just say thanks very much that will do me fine of course only if it’s £30000.00 or more. I have won more on the National Lottery than this one. It also seems to me you only get a big prize if you are in a street draw not as an individual.

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  96. Been playing for years now and only had £20 in total is Cumbria in the main draws or what always seems like midlands or surrounding areas?

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  97. I am a bit disappointed that I have been playing now for 5 years and only won £10 here and there but looking at the odds Birmingham has won 395 times but where I live it’s only won 50 times so that’s not fair at all so the odds of me winning anything large is 0 percent.??????but I keep hoping and every day I check but still nothing.???I don’t know whether I should stop playing as it is doing my head in every day wondering ???

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  98. It’s a scam started playing won £10
    Added another ticket won again
    Wife decided to play £10 guess what we won another £10 per ticket
    Then she decided to add another ticket and we won again
    Haven’t added any more tickets
    And haven’t won since
    Thinking of cancelling as you only win if you add more tickets

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  99. I signed up last month for 4 tickets and my first draw is on April 6th. I don’t know if it is a scam or not but my dad has been playing this for the last 6 years or so and has over that time won £135 total in the odd £10 and £15 wins.

    Is the draw all electronic? There is no such thing as 100% random when it comes to using a computer as a draw machine. There is always a pattern even if that pattern only happens once every 100 years.

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    • It’s not a scam, my postcode has won the postcode lottery 3 million for March which will be shared out by everyone playing in my postcode sector. We are all guaranteed min of £1000, and winners in full winning postcode get the biggest share of the cash. We find out on Sat how much we have won. I’ve only been playing 6 months or so and never won anything in my life. So it really is just the luck of the draw. Good luck to you with your postcode. ?

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      • Lucky you, played for a few months. I have played for 9yrs and won £20 twice.

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  100. They also give money to the charity LIBERTY. This charity is all that is wrong with this country! I cancelled as soon as I found this out.

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  101. It’s a con I view winning maps and every week same old winners 95% of high prizes are paid to post codes in England only I’m in Wales had few £10 wins in two years my area in over 5 years only ten pounds better to play normal lottery I’ve won more in three weeks than two years post code. be cancelling soon had enough of they not playing fair whats the point.

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  102. Never won anything more than £10 I play with 3 tickets and have done for years. Getting fed up now……..

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  103. Joined last week, won £1000 today…what’s not to like!

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  104. I agree with others when you sign up you win a couple of £10 s then it knocks off. I signed up for two tickets the advisor said have you won much no I said he said that’s unusual low and behold two tenners on the Trott

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  105. It’s a second win for neighbours from Horrabridge playing with PL20 7SY. Last March, seven people on Phoenix Close scooped the £30,000 Street Prize – today’s winners have each won £2,479 per ticket.

    Yeah says it all really – 12 months on they suddenly win the 3 million prize. I am glad we have just cancelled. Going to put the 5 tickets on bonds for our kids instead

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  106. I was a player for five years, cancelled and within three weeks won. Definately a scam.

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  107. I have to agree with all the negatives. I myself have been playing for a number of years TS12 3. I play with multiple subscriptions. I agree that when you buy a sub, you win £10 within a couple of weeks. I cancelled one Sub and won again and yes two weeks later. I then added the sub that I cancelled and won again. I have also noticed that the postcodelottery has changed its winning map. It used to be £0-£10 it’s now £0-£1k so it gives the impression that people are winning £1k. I have asked how many people are playing in my postcode and the postcode sector. TS12 3 and I was told “data protection. I asked my friend if this is true (he is a solicitor who specialises in data protection) He told me that as long as no names are given, no date protection would be breached. It seems this lottery is borderline legal with its ethics. I have noticed that the more people play in a postcode sector, seems to win the millions draw. ( nice areas ). I asked has anyone won the £30k prize draw, previously £25k and was told in the last 4yrs, NO. Seems small villages never win anything. I have paid over £5k to this lottery and won less than £100 in total. I have noticed also that the ads do mention (we’ve only been playing for 2 months) probably down to complaints. This lottery bangs on about charities, yet it forgets that it’s the players money, therefore, more should be given to the players the charities should be further down the pecking order.

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  108. I’ve been playing for less than a year and have won two £10s in that time. I do find it very disheartening when you check the daily draw winners and find 3 or 4 of one particular letter postcode and none of others – Nottingham NG postcodes and B postcodes seem to do very well indeed???
    How long should I play for?? I guess the only thing keeping me playing at the moment is that SOME of the money goes to charity but I think this postcode lottery relies heavily on the fact that people will be too scared to quit in case their postcode happens to come up?? I would like to see 20 different lettered postcodes drawn every day – its time POSTCODE LOTTERY started listening to the people playing!!

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  109. Only ever seem to with the odd tenner here and there, looking on the map no one in my area seems to win big all the markers are for the 10-1000 winnings.
    Also 90% of the big winners on the ads are upper class people. Only in the last two ads have they shown working class winning big. I’m starting to think the whole thing is classist only benefits the already rich. It seems only wealthy affluent places that win big.

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    • Are you sure? 1 guy in NP19 0PL which is 4 streets from me won £25k – he was the only player! – trust me no one rich in this part of Newport.

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      • I agree with John, I live in a small Devon village, which the majority of the population are working class, as I am myself, and I have just been told that I have just won thousands of pounds in the February 2019 Monthly Millions I have won several smaller prizes over the two years that I have been playing, and have won more in that time with the Postcode Lottery than the twenty years that I have been playing the National Lottery.

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        • That’s weird as the winning postcode for February 2019 was in Uxbridge, which if my memory serves me well is near London and not Devon, unless you play with someone else’s postcode!!!

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  110. I have been playing this lottery for 9yrs and I have won 4 times, 4 times as in £60 in total. I play with 5 subscriptions. When it was the £30k daily draw I thought it was a good thing. My postcode never came up. I decided to do some investigating and all but one the winners that won live in £400k plus houses, now if this is random all I can say most players must be wealthy. What annoys me is that these players who are on the adverts say “we play to give to charities” which is a lie, you play like me with the hope of winning some cash, otherwise you would just give to charity directly. £10m a month is won, so that’s £120m a year, seems a lot doesn’t it, but this lottery spends £109m on advertisements and payroll. It’s the players money and this lottery only gives out the bare minimum. I neighbour has been playing for 5yrs and won £10, she decided to increase this to 4, now she picked postcodes (you can pick any postcode not the one that you are living at) that have houses worth over £1m, guess what, she won the Daily prize of £1k 5 times in 9 month. So it’s not random at all.

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  111. I think the post code lottery is a farce in over five years this area has only ever won ten pounds 99 percent of high winners are paid out in England only two in wales personally I’m thinking of saving my ten pounds and risk it on the national lottery, as I can’t ever see a big winner on the post code lottery in this area.

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  112. A lot of my friends will not joint this postcode lottery because it seems to be biased to the north of the country. If it was fairer and more people in the south were shown to be winners of substantial amounts, there would be more people joining. £10 every six months is no reward for loyalty. There is a free post-code lottery – o.k. smaller prizes but at least the winners are from all over the U.K. The money is generated from advertising on the site but they promise NOT to sell your details. Give it a try – it’s got to be fairer than this one.

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    • The free postcode one does sell your details. I joined made a spelling mistake on my surname and guess what, junk mailed followed within a month of joining

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  113. Not good. Seems to be unfair and £10 winnings not received. In the process of cancelling. Not an ethical lotto it seems to be managed by a bias managed system in Scotland. Most charities are rewarded in Scotland I have just realised how big a mug I am for thinking I have the same chance as everyone else. I am now in the process of cancelling my £20 a month direct debit and if the majority of punters do the same could make the PPCL review its strategy.

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  114. I think it is very confusing a huge scam. Have sent a message twice but no person spoke to me. Only an email back. It is as I say confusing to make out what they are really saying and I was told that is you buy 2 tickets for the same postcode only one is entered so you do not have an unfair advantage. I had my January subscription taken from my bank but am now going to cancel it. I want your assurance that my subscription for ALL draws in January will not be cancelled before February.
    Makes me wonder if the people running it have a clue what its all about

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  115. Feels like a Massive scam not one big win in the south east been player over a year only won twice £10. postcode electronically picked yeah right only pick where there family and friends live more like that’s how it feels anyway

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  116. I have seen big winners up north and down south so I don’t think that comes into it, I know somebody whose neighbour won 10k in Hove and unfortunately for her she wasn’t entered in it, she is now, the nearest to me was 30k about 4 miles down the road, its impossible for this to be a scam but I would like to know how the draw is done too, maybe they do look and see what postcodes their families live in, that is my only concern, I too have won no more than £10 a few times but its more than I EVER won on the euro or lotto which I was doing religiously for every single draw for years and getting nothing. There are only 1.7 million postcodes in the UK but even so there is no way on this planet that everyone who enters is going to hit the big one, it can’t be done, my postcode starts with BN16, the bn postcode goes from Pevensey to Arundel and as far up as Hassocks, I don’t even want to know how many there are in that, chances of it coming up just using bn are still high and you have to be one of those lucky ones. The postcode lottery still has the best odds of any of them, you won’t become a millionaire unless you live in a road with only 3 houses sharing a postcode, there is thousands of prizes given out every week which you may or may not win, but hey that’s called a lottery and one of the definitions on line is this “a situation whose success or outcome is governed by chance.” Keep rolling the dice people and Good Luck to you all, but me more ?

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  117. There seems to be some truth in the initial buying of a ticket. When I bought one a few months ago I won £15 then bought another ticket and won £10 for each ticket. I then cancelled my two tickets and bought two more tickets and won £20 – £10 for each ticket. Something about the Postcode Lottery doesn’t really ‘sit’ right. The best lottery to win is no lottery. Save the money! If someone saved their £20 over a year that is £240 and over 5 years that’s £1200. There is more probability, I think, of winning on premium bonds. At least with them you get your money back! But as other reviewers say, I am not liking some of the ‘charities’ displayed. The only one I have really liked was ‘Mary’s meals’. All the others seem very vague.

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  118. I would just like to know what method is used for picking the winning postcodes?
    It is alright saying they are electronically selected at random, does that also include the hundreds of £10 winners, so what random method do you use?
    Never had this question answered, so you are bound to be a bit suspicious.

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    • Joined a year ago, won £10 next week, read bad press and lack of accountability ref draw process and charity donations so decided to leave. Cancelled by telephone and there was a concerted effort to keep me but eventually I said no. I won £10 the next week before my subscription ran out??? Coincidence or what.
      Yours
      Suspicious of Cornwall

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  119. I think the people’s postcode lottery is a big scam.
    I have been playing it for the past 5 years and all I have won is a few £10 adding up to just about £40.
    How come its always the area with people who has already got money that wins every time?
    Never have I seen any of the poorer areas winning.
    Seems to be the poor people are funding the winnings for people who are far better off than themselves?

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  120. It’s appalling scam it’s to get to only go down England way I’ve never heard any mention of Glasgow Aberdeen Hamilton etc win and when y c the adverts on the tv for the post code lottery it’s either Sheffield Manchester London etc don’t hear any mention of anywhere in Scotland so what’s the game that’s why I think it’s all a scam rigged.

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    • I have the same problem down here I’ve checked the stats and no one not one single winner in the whole of the south east has won biggest prize I’ve found since it started is £1000 in Rochester so far and I can’t understand why that is the only thing that comes to mind is that there fiddling it for the whole of the mid countries it’s got to be impossible not to get one post code in 15-20 years of playing from the south and south east I’ve had ten pounds 12-15 times but been playing for years this whole game seems very one sided

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  121. You never see a council tower block or high rise flat who all have the same postcode win the large prizes or see them on tv

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  122. All these people saying how much they’ve spent and lost on this lottery, I’ve been doing Lotto for many years spending about £10 -£12 a month, what have I won in the past 9 months, jack ****, before that, the odd £10, maybe twice in a year, if i was lucky, I’ve won more £10s here than the lotto.

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  123. I think it’s apaulibg I’ve b playing it for near my 2 years and I’ve only 1 £10 nothing else it always seems to b England that always wins the 30.000 10.00000 or whatever it is I haven’t won anything from it it’s a Conn and a waste of money it as the last person says it always b or s no g718js it not a hard postcode to find I think it rigged to only give it down in England way all the time its a disgrace I’m cancelling it as it’s a rip off when y complain they send a nasty letter and block you well I’ve had enough getting conned

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  124. B64 has only ever had one, £1000 since this lottery started! I’ve only won £10 in the last 11 months! My road has only had three £10 wins! Is this really worth it?

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  125. More transparency should be enforced by the gambling commission, investigations in to past draws and an explanation on why some characters that they describe as ‘winners’ have been identified as actors, many questions need to be answered on how it is drawn, the regularity of certain areas being drawn etc etc etc, it seems that a lot of people have some genuine questions that shouldn’t need to be asked if there was nothing to hide, maybe it is a scam, who knows, my question is why the secrecy and silence when these questions are asked.
    I will be cancelling my subscription, not because I have not won but because of the secrecy and the lack of transparency, be using my subscription to play the National Lottery, at least we can see how the numbers are drawn.

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  126. Have you ever stop and thought about how many people win 30,000 compare to how many win a share of the million, it seem to me that if you live in a postcode that has not many participants your more likely to win 30,000, and if there is a lot in your postcode your more likely to have a share of a million, so why is it fixed that way so as not to pay very little out and the millions to share for a lot to share, and why doesn’t a large number win the 30,000???

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  127. I’ve been playing all year with my postcode of PO12. I have one ticket. In March I won £10 that is all. I note that its mostly B and S postcodes come up daily. On today daily street prize, 7 S postcodes were drawn, and 5 T postcodes. Surely that is not fair for the same postcodes to keep coming out!? They also remove any negative comments from their page or block you if you moan. I am cancelling as its a rip off.

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  128. I was in it for a while not one person in my area won a thing the person on the add are the same all the time the government should put a stop to it

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  129. Only been doing the lottery for s year won £10 reading the reviews is putting me off continuing doing it.

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  130. On the tv advert there is the same women winning different amounts first for £2,217 and other for £305,027 how can one person win twice but different amounts it’s a joke

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    • She even has the same clothes on, I emailed the company to ask about this and no reply!

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  131. Why is it huge majority of big winners are all north mainly above M4 corridor? Coincidence as lottery managed from Edinburgh? Couple of £10 wins in two years means better off playing national lottery or euromillions.

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  132. I signed up for £10 per month now there taking £60 in the last month and I can’t see how to log onto my account to stop it

    Check and read the small print

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  133. If you have a 5 caricature post code you have little chance of winning big, you may as well be giving to charity from the start

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  134. I have played this lottery for 3 years all I win is just £10 nothing else. Have looked at the Map and no one in the East Midlands has won the millions or even the £1000. It’s frustrating as only up north are majority winners. The lottery should be done live like the national lottery so all can see

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  135. I’ve been lucky enough to be in the million pound draw twice. 2016 I won £7500 then I moved home and today have received notification of £3264. Had no problem with money going into my bank last time and am not expecting any problems this time. I’ve been playing since the beginning and did not win any of the smaller prizes on either. I will continue playing even though it’s unlikely I will win anything again

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    • I think you are misleading people. Firstly you do not receive any notification on how much you have won, you only know hen you attend the millions event. The only time you know how much you have won is on the daily £1k draw. Personally I think you’re an employee.

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    • How long did it take too go into your bank, I have just won £4000 ?

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  136. Won a few runners but come under B9 as this is a single letter and number to start your postcode not much chance of winning big or even the thousand pound daily prize. Th I king of canceling subscription.

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  137. I checked the London map of winners- plenty £10 wins but all the big ones are all over Chelsea. Is it accidental? Or is it where the organisers of the lottery live?

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  138. Total scam been doing it since it started with a GL postcode won £10 once always winners up north never hardly anywhere else total scam

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  139. Only been playing for a few months with one £10 win, l like the choice of charities, but can’t seem to find out how the postcodes are chosen…..and reading some of the above reviews I’m wondering how much goes to charity, if there is some doubt about how areas are chosen, and also if I’ve made a mistake in joining……

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  140. One of the biggest cons. They spend MORE on advertising than payouts or giving to charity!

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  141. For all those people who have left reviews on this site, if you want to convince that the post lottery is a scam, check this out.
    Street prizes to date 2018 IF YOU WANT TO WIN LIVE HERE the BS POST CODE was drawn 5 times January May and 3times in one week in July.
    In 2017 the BS post code was drawn 3 times April September and October.
    In 2016 BS post code was drawn 3 times.
    So if you want to know where the winners really are this is your answer.

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  142. BR1 2ER never won a thing and most prizes are up north maybe where it’s based. Been in it for ages and nothing.

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  143. Waste of time and money won the odd £10 just to keep you sweet they keep 28% for expenses they are a con

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  144. Definitely not a scam. A colleague at work just won £2,000 with the residents on the next street to her winning £300,000 each.

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  145. I will be canceling my subscription, most of won £10 twice in nearly 1 year, potentially DD £10 collection could go on for ever whilst they mug you off with a tenner every now and then.

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  146. I don’t think it is a scam it’s like any lottery I have won a few £10 still waiting on the door to knock I live in the tf27dj area one day it may happen

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  147. 7 million people winning 30,000 every week isn’t going to happen … we may or may not win …
    but if I hear of monies being misappropriated – not going to charities that’s a different ballpark of unhappy

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  148. I am disturbed that no one has noticed how big the TV advert has grown to. Who pays for that? The celebrities may waive their fee, but the time it runs for won’t be.

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  149. I’ve only ever won £10 or £15 10 times over 2 years – but what’s the problem?! Nobody can guarantee a lottery…..The charities are all perfectly legitimate. It’s a lottery! It’s a great way to give to charity. Keep up the good work ?

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        • Why don’t you cancel then Paul and give directly to a charity of your choosing then and win nothing. Like the rest of us you play to WIN!

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  150. My daughter and myself do the postcode lottery and have one the odd £10 and both feel this amount is just to keep us `sweet`. Most winnings seemed to be more up North.
    We know about the charity side but the advertising is all about how you COULD win.

    I donate to the air ambulance, and feel my donation to the peoples postcode lottery would be better give to the air ambulance.
    Over time I am sure there will be a lot more of postcode lottery players doing the same thing.
    Shame because I thought it was going to be more fair.
    More fool me.

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  151. I read that a third of the money goes to questionable charities. Where does the other two thirds go? No information given on this. Having checked the results I find that my post code has never won! A friend played for 2 years got back £40 pounds. That sound more like a loss of £200 rather then a win I pointed out. He agreed. If I want to give money away to a charity It will be one of my own choosing and all 100%.

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  152. I have myself played for 4yrs and won £10 twice. I have noticed that on “trust pilot” any negative reviews the lottery reports them. I spoke to a guy on the chat and he informed me that I need to call to cancel. I telephoned and like many others on here you get all the “talk” about charities will suffer etc. I ended up like others contacting the bank. I have been spammed with emails ever since.

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  153. I think people are forgetting. This is a great way to give to charity and if you happen to win something then great. I play to give to charity and anything extra is a bonus. Good luck all ?

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    • So why not give directly to those charities then? Why do you play? You play like me and others with the chance of winning money otherwise you would just give directly to those charities and win nothing

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  154. Do people in High Rise flats win because all the winners seem to be in Nice little house owned streets

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  155. Over a period of 5 years I won £30 the first 2 years then nothing. It wasn’t until I cancelled my subscription I won another £10. Waste of a tenner. I also checked some of the winning postcodes. Some were not available.

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  156. I think this lottery is a complete joke. I have played for 2.5yr and won £20 (I play with two). The first win was within a month of joining. I haven’t won since. Yes it’s a lottery but why have on the adverts “we’ve only been playing for a month” or “we’ve only been playing for six month”. I tried to cancel via the telephone as it’s the only way you can cancel. Within seconds the call is answered and you get the spin “Charities will suffer” and “do you only play to win money” I said forget it and I will cancel directly with the bank. I did do just that and guess what? I won! How very bizarre. I was then inundated with calls from the postcode lottery ended up getting “call shield” installing and that stopped it. I ain’t saying “Cancel” and I ain’t saying “cancel” this is only my experience.

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  157. I have played the postcode lottery for 8yr started with £10 a month steadily moving up to £60 a month spent around £7k and won only £30 now cancelled

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  158. I won £10s 2 months ago still no £10s back into my account also I see it’s only the posh postcodes that have too big wins. In my personal opinion it’s all a scam and these charities really getting the money. I have worked for the British heart foundation shop for 6 months till the gobby head office teary come in his brand new Bentley smoking a massive cigar strutted up to me spoke to me like u I was a piece of scumbag tried bullying me so I done some digging and to find that these managers are on £500.000 per year. This isn’t charity it’s all a scam. Sickens me to the bone how much work we put in how much free stuff is given just for IT to be sold at very high prices that high more than it is if it’s brand new so sod you so called postcode lottery and British heart scammers.

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  159. My sister in law win £30000 so yes, people do win on the post code lottery. One more thing ….you have to be in it to win it …

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  160. Well i live in Scotland, just moved house, and funnily. My old address won £10 3 times per year and so has my new house. So its not random at all. The tenners are just to keep you there.

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  161. I’ve won two ten pounds I’ve been doing it for years I’ve never won big I’m thinking of cancelling it soon

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    • It’s odd that only English postcodes seem to win the big money and to be honest, I haven’t even heard of these places. Are we in Scotland daft to keep paying into this lottery when I haven’t known anyone who has won even £10. I would rather give my donation straight to the charities I choose.

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  162. Have been paying £10 a month into the Postcode Lottery by Direct Debit since June 2014 so have laid out a total of £480. In that time have had 8x £10 wins making a total win of £80. If I knew when I started in June 2014 that I would end up losing £400 playing the Post Code Lottery I would have stopped my direct debit a long time ago. Have now decided that if by June 2018 I am still losing money and not had a decent win will definitely be cancelling my Direct Debit to Postcode Lottery. Have several friends who also play the Post Code Lottery with the same result as myself, so I am not convinced that the adverts they are promoting on TV about people receiving big wins are as true as they seem.

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  163. Have played for over a year and won £10 exactly 2 years ago my postcode won £10

    YOU have no chance of winning more than £10 as this prize is there just to keep you hanging on.

    If you ring them to cancel your d/debits the amount of rubbish they come out with just to stop you from cancelling you know you have no chance of winning.

    Sure it is fixed

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  164. Dear postcode lottery,
    Well five years ago I started playing the postcode lottery, won £30, WOW.
    I must be the only person in my street playing it, in fact I may knock on every one’s door to see if I am. Just saying like no one’s knocking at my door or ringing my bell. Plus looking on the postcode map Doncaster only seems to get £10 wins and not the thousands.
    So I did a little test. I re enter the winning postcodes for that week in the postcode checker Yooooouuu guessed it. IT SAID SORRY YOU POSTCODE DID NOT WIN THIS TIME. WELL I NEVER. Come October 2018 I will cancel my direct debit to you and go with the health lottery. I’ve won more on that in one year then I have with you xxxxx

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  165. Only been in it three years, I have had five x£10s, no pain no gain, I will give it another six months.

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  166. My wife I have been in the post code lottery for about a year. We both have a ticket each so we both win. We had a few wins the first few months £30 each but nothing since but saying that there are a lot of post codes out there. We look at it as giving to charity’s and positive way of giving. Winning is just a bonus.

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  167. I have noticed that alot of the so called big winner are northern postcodes. I live in east anglia not many big wins in this part of the country.I have won £10 a couple ofb times but nothing big. Now thinking about canceling in the near future.

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  168. Not won a penny and just checked it saying my postcode won 10 pounds i havent got it mmmm i wonder

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  169. Was signed up for a couple of months and had a win of £20 waited 30 days and no payment, contacted them, and they said it has been paid, i told them its not in my account, they said send a copy of you bank statement so they can check it. So i closed my account with them there and then. Its a con pay in advance and get paid 28 day after you win.

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  170. Peoples postcode based in Edinburgh, Scotland. Although some people in South of Scotland win majority is in England. So if you live in Scotland its not worth playing at all……yes (up to 32%) goes to charity but rest seems to go to England.

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  171. It may be that there are more winners in more affluent areas because they can afford to buy more. I live in a affluent area and there have only been 6 winners in 3 years all wining £10. I will give it 3 months.

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  172. Very disheartening to have not won anything, I’ve been doing this for 7 months and not won a bean..
    I may give it another 4 or 5 months and I will quit!!
    The adverts on TV are very misleading, giving the impression everyone wins when they don’t, and if you look it’s all nice houses, nice areas, there all dressed nice too..

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  173. I’ve won about 8x£10 in three years! No complaints here. Still waiting for the knock on my door! Fingers crossed ?

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  174. The problem with all lotteries is people don’t want to quit as they think their numbers, or in this case postcode, will come up.

    Me personally, I’ve won £10 twice in the past 4 months. I’m in the east end of Glasgow in a not very affluent area most areas around me have won at least £10. Even with money going to charity I am thinking of cancelling.

    I do believe that the lottery is fixed for more affluent areas. Poorer areas may sometimes win but definitely richer areas will win more often.

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  175. I have played ppl for over 4 years and had never won. I live in a high rise block of flats in not a very desirable area of Liverpool. I had been convinced I’ve no chance of winning and that was true so I checked on winning postcodes and also did an homes value check on local estate agents mainly right move. All the winning postcodes were home owners and some very desirable homes and areas. I did a home search in the Surrey stockbroker area with houses from 2 million pounds got the postcode for a particular street and changed my postcode with the customer services. Low and behold over the next 8 months I won 6 times only £20 per time but it proved something wasn’t right. When I asked how the winners are picked I was told nothing and also this lottery is owned by a Dutch company, I’ve now packed it in and kept the money in my pocket rather than there’s.

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  176. When looking at the winners it always seems in nice posh areas with nice big houses in the background, I think we are fooling ourselves to think people in our area is ever going to win anything, It’s just wishful thinking, a dream that we are desperate for, giving it till the end of the year then stopping it, might aswel put the money away each month.

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    • Hi. I’ve just looked at the winners map for my postcode since the start of the lottery. There have been a total of 126 winners, now that’s a lot you might think. However, this is over more than 10 years (I’ve been here 10yrs and played for that time). So, that’s on average 12.5winners per year, oh yes, I forgot to say, only £10 wins in all that time I’m afraid, nothing more, not so much as 1 X £1,000 win in all that time. So, I think I’m going to quit. After 10 years I’ve had 5x £10 and its cost me £120 X 10. I feel quite stupid now, so time to quit. I’ve also been on to the website that hears from employees of PCL. Most are very positive and talk of great away days, Christmas parties and brilliant wages and bonuses. The negatives were all about cold calling (apparently management call it warm calling) yo encourage an increase in the lottery play. Glad I’ve not changed my phone number to my new one!

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    • Not sure I agree with all those describing it as a scam, but with no transparency as to the selection of the winning codes it’s clearly open to bias depending on the software programmer. There is a postcode local to me (KA17) that has won about 8 times to my none, including a £10 and £20 in the SAME draw. There was a £25k win that was filmed close by a couple of years ago, but doesn’t appear to show on their winners map, it otherwise it does seem mostly only these minor wins.
      Given that there are more postcodes than permutations of Lotto jackpot the chance of winning larger prizes seems equally improbable. As for me, after 3 years I’ve won about 7×10 and a 20 so out nearly £300; giving couple more months then cancel. Lotto hotpicks-pick 3 numbers and win £800 plus the selection is transparent.

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  177. Very disheartened with postcode lottery does anyone win more than £10? I have looked for hundreds of miles around and guess what? All £10 wins. If someone local not a bigger winner soon im out of here.

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  178. I have been in the lottery four years and not won a penny thinking of not subscribing anymore.

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  179. Totally fed up with pc lotto been in it for 4 years with only 2 ten pounds wins when they show the winners on the telly it seems that they all live on the same street? Don’t know how they pick the winners could have brought second hand car. I know it’s supposed to be random but is it I get a better return on the occasional scratch card

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  180. I’ve won 10 pounds in 18 months play funnily my postcode has won 3 prizes a year for the last 5 years I didn’t do it then and have lived here for over 8 years? Something fishy going on.

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  181. My neighbours and I been playing post code lottery for couple of years and only won £10s so far. There seems to be very few winners of large amounts in the South of England but so many from the Midlands, the North of England and Scotland? Why is that? Is it a scam as heard it started in Glasgow and the North is favours more for the big wins. Deliberating wether to stop as are my neighbours! Very disappointed!

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    • Please save your money and stop playing. I used to be a player but only won £20 in the few years i was there. In all honesty you stand a better chance of winning online with the Health Lottery (and to a lesser extent National Lottery) than the Postcode lottery

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  182. Hi,
    I’ve been in the post code lottery for five years. And never won only three ten pounds. I first had a stake of £60 they then told me that was too much. They then post code lottery reduced my stake to £50 month to £40 then to £30 a month all without my permission. This lottery is a scam, never seen one person from a council estate. I have clocked this scam for five years all it takes is a look at the houses at rear of those that have won. Also all winners come from the south and Scotland. None from the North West post code lottery can go to hell I, am better off putting my money to better use. And post code lottery the scam artists can go whistle.

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    • Hi just to say look again think you’ll see by the winners map the majority of big winners are from the Midlands, the North and Scotland!

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    • That’s not true! A local man to my parents who lives in a council house and also an OAP won last year, he lives in a very poor area of Wales so it’s great to see he’s set up for the rest of his life after struggling for so long. (maybe the ratio or people on council estates playing are low compared to homeowners) I’m a home owner but still owe my mortgage and I’m poor, please do think us home owners are wealthy as we are not…it’s a massive loan we have over our heads till it’s paid off. I think it’s great idea so much so I’ve given up my £5 per week on the lottery as the odds are far better with Postcode Lottery. Good luck everyone 🙂

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  183. Hello, on reading the review’s I’m beginning to get my head round what people are saying about the postcode lottery where I live the last win was in 2016 and nothing since yes, when they knock on a door it’s always a posh area so what chance have I got my money is the same as theirs don’t you think YES

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  184. Hi, been doing the postcode lottery for 14 months, never won a £1, so cancelled, I believe it’s a con.

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  185. Hi every one this is just to let you all know I joined this lottery in May 2017, and a few weeks later I won £10, isn’t that strange, and I have not won anything else since, I know doing any lottery is just down to pure luck, I know. There are millions of post codes but what are the odds of winning I can tell you its just the same as doing the UK lottery or the Euromillions lottery, which I have now stopped playing I now put my money into a saving account, I hope that’s what all you nice folk’s do the same, that’s all I have to say so good luck to you all.

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  186. My sister lives in a flat in the North. East and she won big, so it’s not a con.

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  187. Been playing both my postcodes since 2015 and only won a couple hundred over the years on 3 tickets. I could have bought a car with that money. Will cancel and start putting the money into a savings account instead. Gutted that I found this post because I thought it was really genuine…. ?

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  188. Hi, I have x2 £10 postcode lottery tickets each month ie £20 per month and after checking google how many people have won anything? In all in Scotland the answer is always the same (is it a con ect ect) but no mention of any winners no sour grapes just would like a bit of transparency who does the draws? Why do you never see anyone who’s won a car bmw? See them picking it up ect ect and finally with all the bad press of charities lately how many people have now (gave up)

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  189. I don’t understand how the winning postcodes are selected. Seems strange that the same postcodes can win quite large amounts several times. Can’t help but think it may be a fix. How do we know the postcodes are chosen completely randomly?

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  190. I have been in post code lottery 3 years and have won £70 total in ten pounds. I don’t know if there are big wins I have never heard of anyone

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  191. This might sound silly but, on phoning to change her postcode because of a house move, my daughter was told that she didn’t have to change her postcode as she doesn’t have to live at that postcode to play or win.
    TRUE OR FALSE????

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  192. Its funny how when you see winners. On TV its 6 to 10 big winners never a postcode that has lots of people in it why has postcode with large numbers in it never won..

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  193. Even though I thought it was a con, I still thought I’d give the Postcode Lottery a try, and how unlucky did I feel when I checked the winners, only to find the street next to me won, but when I tell you everyone at that Postcode is a Pensioner, it’s a Pensioners Sheltered Housing Complex, it was a case of, good for them, they are the type of People who deserve to win, however, a day or so later, I spoke to one of the old folk, and congratulated her on her share of the win, but I was even more surprised to learn after seeing her a few days later, that NONE of the People in the Complex know anything about the Postcode Lottery, how strange is that, how a Postcode with no players, can win.

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  194. My neighbour won a huge prize and features in the advert. They only draw postcodes who play with them so its not every pcode in uk. I haven’t played but know a few who have and had some small wins and say staff are nice in uk office. Might give it a bash!

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  195. If you look at the advert you see that the camera is all way in an area out of London they serve the people who live outside London because of the lack of income compared to London so majority of Londoners are paying. For people who live out of London the majority pays for the minority u never see council flats or block of flats you see 3 bed houses owned by people who all ready have money we just making them richer.

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  196. I’ve been doing the postcode lottery now for 5 years and only won £100 so they said when i phoned them but to my atonement ive only won £50. And years ago they used to show someone winning the car but for years now you haven’t seen anyone on the television winning it seems weird and i watch a lot of television and haven’t seen that in years. Why is this. I will be stopping it soon as i dont think i will never ever win anything more than a tenner here and a tenner there. No money goes to charity’s but come on. I would be better off paying for something else that i would benefit from. Because i don’t think i will ever get that knock on the door. I thought i would by now got the daily price as there is meant to be a thousands winners a week just doesn’t make sense.

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    • Everyone who plays will occasionally win a tenner’ that’s to keep you interested ‘keep you in the game’ uk gullibility is their best friend.

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  197. Same here I have been doing this for about 3 years, started with 3 tickets went down to 1, I have won £30 in all that time YEAH, got a letter saying they could not get my subscription this month SHAME.

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  198. Cancelled PPL in May 2017, saved myself £50 a month, since then my postcode has won nothing, so for those out there worried if they cancel they may lose out on a chance of “winning” don’t be afraid to cancel. If you have few players in your area, or you do NOT live in Scotland, Midlands, Wales or Devon and Cornwall, save your money, put your subscriptions into a saving account and treat yourself or a local charity, that’s what I did and I amassed £410 by December 2017. Be brave and give PPL the sack.

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    • I have just cancelled after 7 years. I have won the odd ten pounds here and there like many others. I live in Cornwall. There have been no big wins in Cornwall.

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  199. It’s a con, my mother is in her 70’s & can’t really afford it but the really nice (Not) people convinced her she could win at any point? In one of there many con adverts last year I noticed that one of the winners used to star in London’s Burning back in the 90’s….

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  200. Not won anything in 14 months. And for all those postcodes in the near vicinity none have won more than £10.

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    • It is a con. It is in the name postcode lottery I was sucked in with it the same. On their website say 4 have one in my postcode in the last year, but keep in mind there are only 8 houses in my postcode and apart from no one else has ever done this so called lottery.

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  201. Might be genuine, but been playing since October 2011 some 7 years coming up!
    Only £10 x 6 in all this time, the share of the millions nice but not greedy something different to a tenner!
    They used to give out when people started playing, winning Saturday prize or the million odd ones only played two months ago.
    That’s fine, it’s a lottery.

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  202. 1 have won £10 over the past 3 months but not had payment into my bank account
    DN16 3JF

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  203. I’ve been doing it for three years and have only won 10 pounds. Thinking of giving up on this.

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  204. Doing this for two years and not a sniff, the winners are all up north and yes the nice posh homes this is a scam and you may as well give the payment to charity so that’s exactly what I will do, don’t do it as I’ve won more in the health lottery.

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  205. I considered joining the PCL but after reading reviews and seeing that I would have to commit to paying a regular amount by DD, I changed my mind. The lack of transparency in the selection of postcodes was also worrying. They are all playing on the greed and desperation of people. It’s all part of a national malaise of trying to get easy money. If its not lotteries, its fraudulent claims – crash for cash, whiplash neck injuries, food poisoning claims in holiday hotel (Brits only), staged accidents. The list goes on…

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  206. I worked for this company. 3 tickets for £30 unless a rep calls & gives you 3 for the price of 2 for the 1st month. I’ve never heard of anyone winning apart from a tenner here or there. Like most people have mentioned, the winners seem to be from either up north (Scotland) or down south (London area) so anywhere in between save your money & do not play!

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    • I live in Scotland and have been playing for 5 years and only won one 10 pounds. It does not pick Scotland if it does it’s Glasgow not Perth.

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  207. We felt a bit sick several of our neigbours won quite a bit of money £4000.00 to £30000.00 this year. Only sorry we didn’t join. This is Plymouth in Devon. Really genuine lottery.

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  208. I have been doing postcode Lottery from the start, I have won a few tenners and have no problems helping a charity, BUT do you notice that all the winners shown on TV are from posh housing estates, you never see them knocking the door in a typical street of terraced houses, should I move into a posh area to stand a chance of winning big money!

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  209. Think its a con. Extremely difficult to find out if anyone has won anything substantial near you. Most winnings just appear to be infrequent tenners.

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  210. Just won £10 for 3rrd time in 18 months and decided to check the winning location on PPL website. Stunned to see that Sheffield which is 5th/6th biggest city in UK has never won above £10 EVER according to their software. So half million people with thousands of postcodes has never won anything above £10, now agree appears a con so will be cancelling and investing £10 elsewhere. Never minded not winning when I thought I had a chance but now I see that in reality if no one in such a massive city can win at all what chance do I have.

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  211. I played for years only won a few tenners nothing to write home about, I do think it a con has it looks like the same area’s with the big monies ie SCOTLAND or DOWN SOUTH

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    • I disagree with your comment. I live in Gosport, Hampshire, and I’ve won only £10 this year. It IS a con it all goes up north.

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      • I live up north played for 10yrs and won £10 three times.

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    • Not come to my postcode in five years I have been playing. The only town is Glasgow or Aberdeen. It’s never come to Perth. So you are wrong about it always being in Scotland.

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  212. This One Star should read No Stars, but it doesn’t register that low.
    Played PPL for three years, two Ten Pound wins in that time, £340 win for PPL.
    Might reinstate if I move up north!

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  213. AM not commenting on the lottery itself as I haven’t played it. But what is clear is that people who play it don’t understand what they are getting themselves into, and have unrealistic expectations of winning the big one. Here are a few facts:

    1. There are 1.8 MILLION postcodes in the UK. So your chance of winning is 1 in 1.8 MILLION. These are very very long odds. So temper your expectations.

    2. Whether you buy 1 or 3 tickets it won’t improve your chance of winning, as it is the SAME postcode with the same 1:1.8 Million chance. All it does is “leverage up” your winnings so the amount you win is larger, rather than the chance of winning.

    3. It is a lottery. Hence why so few people win. The reason to play the lottery is to have fun and give to charity. Anyone playing the lottery as THEY WAY to get rich is deluding himself/herself.

    So have fun and relax and don’t buy more than 1 tickets as doesn’t improve your chances 🙂

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    • Aziz..someone with sense!….for fun and hopefully to charity… not greed….I know someone who has won low…they in turn know someone who won a large amount…for 1 ticket a month..money I waste anyway it is a bit of fun…with fingers crossed…if I won a big amount it isn’t for myself anyway…if I win small I have had a free chance….don’t feed the greed and look desperate…if you have sour grapes and are that desperate then you shouldn’t play…instead save the money it will soon add up!

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      • So why not go a donate to the charities directly then? If you’re big on giving to charities don’t play the PCL. I play the lottery to win money whilst helping with charities. I have played for 10yrs and won £10 five times

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  214. In 2011 people were complaining south of the Midlands that all prizes were won in Scotland and Newcastle area. Now no one wins North of the Midlands. To add insult to injury an estate called Patchway near Bristol has won two £30,000 prizes at the same postcode. They believe this is good news! All I can see is the rest of us wondering why we are funding it. My wife and i have been in for years and rarely get £10 if we’re lucky. Got to be a fix. Any other organisation would have chosen another postcode to give a fair chance, wouldn’t they?

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  215. Post Code Lottery is a boarderline scam, think about it…

    The adverts they air are scripted and staged and say things like “it really is real, i should’ve signed up sooner!”

    They promise huge returns when in reality you will be lucky if you get back £10 once in a blue moon so its basically a ‘legalized’ pyramid scheme.

    Adverts or anywhere else that claims to be real (especially those annoying pesky adverts that want you to call or text up premium line numbers to “win a chance of money or/and trips”) are at better chances of winning is clearly false and are only there to mislead and misguide you and your common sense.

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  216. I had been a member with 2 tickets every month i was paying monthly through my debit card, but in September 2017 my bank issued a new debit card and i got an email from postcode lottery stating i could not be entered in Octobers draw as they could not collect the payment no mention via email or phone to let me know. They told me it was my responsibility to let them know i had a new debit card I have just replied if you cant be bothered to contact me if the payment could not be collected then forget it and I cancelled

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  217. My husband and i were in the postcode lottery he pulled out i stayed in we live in Prestatyn north wales there are only four cottages down our lane there has never been a north wales post code pulled out i have questioned this with the people at there head office and they always say oh yes you have a chance of winning i have won a couple of tenners but its seems that the big winners live on big estates where they can get more publicity.

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  218. Been playing since 2011, in Essex and now in Edinburgh with five different codes, still only the odd £10, and why the TV ADVERTS DISPLAYS ONE PHONE NUMBER 0800 1-2-3-4-5-6 yet to join its 0808 10-9-8-7-6-5?
    Like helping charities but never get street prize, always people just started I.e only joined a month ago six months and they say didn’t think I win this much! Can’t they read!
    As of January 2018 I will be reducing every three months by one ticket so come on Play fair?

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  219. Hi there, I started with 1 ticket a few months ago I have only won £10, and I have not won since, so now I do 3 tickets I am trying to improve my chances of winning a nice amount, if I don’t win anything within the next 6 months, then I will stop doing this lottery, I know it is just by chance that a person wins but you have to know when to call it a day so I will only give this lottery 6 months then I will just give up.

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  220. Been playing for just over a year. Have not won a penny. Prior to signing up, my street apparently won three times in as many months. It’s a con – I’m sure…… but can’t cancel as i know my postcode will come in and them I’ll just be angry!!! Grrrr

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  221. I did the postcode lottery never had a penny back so i cancelled, a few weeks later i had a call from them asking why i had cancelled and that there was always postcodes coming up from where i live, i know that not to be true as i was keeping an eye open for winners.
    I decided to start again to see what happens, but after reading most of these comments i will be cancelling yet again.

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  222. I think if you live in a rich borough you don’t have a real chance of winning. I put my post code in and there has been 4 wins of £10 over the last 3-4 Years. Seriously thinking of giving it up. I have only heard about 1 big winner and he lives up north.

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  223. It is biased towards the North especially Scotland, where they are based. They seem to hate the south and set their software accordingly the bulk of the charity just happens to go to Scotland this lottery need investigating for fraud.

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  224. To be honest I only ever see Birmingham and surrounding areas winning. Never seen one further south a bit strange really. Played for over a year must of put £180 into it so far and won £10. Lol!
    I’ve actually won far more on the Thunderball.
    My subscription is being cancelled now all seems a bit fishy. But I suppose if you live in the Midlands then why not!

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  225. How is the postcode drawn? We all know if it’s computer picked then it’s fixed! Why I hear you ask, well I’ll tell you a computer cannot do random it has to be told what to do. I win 2 or 3 times a year (£10 only). I win 40 or 60 a year they get 240. Who’s really winning?

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  226. I play three tickets and month. I won a £10 prize twice when I was playing with one ticket and I’ve won the £10 prize once with three tickets.

    What I find frustrating is that I keep seeing similar postcodes come up on the daily £1000 prize which is paid from Monday through Friday. It seems that if you are in the Midlands with a B postcode, or if you live in Newcastle or Doncaster you can expect to see your area coming up a lot. Maybe it’s because more people glue the postcode lottery in this area, don’t know.

    The problem with doing the postcode lottery is that it’s not something you will ever forget. Imagine if you stop doing it in two weeks later your next-door neighbour is on television holding a cheque for £400,000. I think I’m going to reduce mine down to just one ticket.

    If you can afford £10 a month, then you got nothing to lose. I think the chances of winning the big prize are probably about the same as winning the national lottery.

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  227. I have won 6 times
    All £10
    Usually around once a year
    I’m starting to think the £10 win is a little sweetner
    Just to keep me going…
    Not bad for them…I pay £120 a year
    They give me £10…??

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      Once a year £10 sweetner thing
      I have won a few times, always £10
      And always around the summer…
      Seems to be more winners oop North
      So thisonths is the last month for me.. Like many others
      I pay £120 a year and get £10 in return..
      I must be mad..

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  228. My street won £30,000 last weekend, the filming takes place the week before your postcode is publicized as winning. It is definitely not a scam. You know the saying you have to be in it to win it!

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  229. A family friend won around £60k with this 2/3 years ago. The prize giving was a bit weird and said they felt like they were about to be signed up for a timeshare! But they received their cheque and have had a lovely time spending the money. They were doing the postcode lottery for 2 years prior to this apparently. (They are based in Essex)

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  230. It’s not a scam! The people in the street opposite me won £30000 each. I joined up immediately and I’ve won £10 already, in my first week. At least next months is paid for. Good stuff ?

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  231. I’ve just been informed of this month’s winning postcode and, yesssss it’s mine ???

    I have been invited to the presentation on 29/07/2017 I’m told my prize is between £3,000 and £400,000

    Oooo errrrr

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    • I have also been informed I am a winner for 29/07/2017 with the same prize information supposed to receive my invitation by post with wristbands to enter the presentation. I telephoned to confirm the call I had on 18/07/2017 was not a scam, and yes, I was a winner the presentation team would contact me or send another invite letter. As of today 24/07/2017 no invitation has arrived and I most certainly have not been contacted by the presentation team. With no invitation how can I attend my own prize presentation!!! I am not convinced this is genuine or I will receive anything!

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  232. I’ve just won £10 so that pays for next month, but why couldn’t it be the weekend price of £30.000 or even the daily one of a £1.000 its always £10 so that is 3 times in 4 years now they say its the luck of the draw but it seems i don’t get any luck.

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  233. I’ve been a member since day one won two prizes of ten pound I’ve never heard of any big payments in the Northumberland area. Save your money

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  234. I looked this morning at 9.30am to see what post code won the £30,000 and there was a video of the winners all dressed and chatting to Jeff Brazier as if it had already been recorded!! Not convinced.

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  235. Great lottery. Honestly run and you get 15 entries very month for 10.
    Calling it a scam is nuts. I’ve won 8 x 10 over 3 years. Waiting for the big one.

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  236. I signed up today, for the £10 month peoples postcode lottery offer, they took 30 quid from PayPal, I thought it was for three months i.e. £10 per month, when I phoned to rectify and explain I wanted £10 a month and wished to cancel and refund the £30 or refund the £20 overpayment and make it £10 per month they refused, I asked them if I had a 14 day cooling off period, apparently they don’t have to use that law and they refused, I am now £30 pounds out of pocket which I can ill afford, have cancelled this rip off scamming company. People need warning, this is not a fair or proper company, but a typical sharp practice scam merchant. I now have to mess around of reporting them to the relevant authorities, starting with citizens advice on Monday and take it from there. BEWARE DO NOT USE.

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  237. Played for over 4 years and won NOTHING! Not even £10. I joined as I quite liked that Carol Smilie lady who used to advertise the lottery. I believe no one else on my street plays, which may explain why my odds are so poor. I believe only 1 other person shares my post code! Everyone should have an equal chance of winning or at the very least receive a thank you gift once in a while. I’m very sad.

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  238. Total scam, have signed up for 2 years now and I live in Kent, South England… The winners are always from the Midlands and up the North of England… Even the adverts the winners shown all have Northern accents… They email the postcodes that win and yes all up north… Disgusted they get away with it… If you live in the South anywhere steer clear.. I quiered with Postcode lottery why only Midlands and North win and their response was as expected usual robotic answer that all players are entered, and in the South the wins aren’t big but players do win… Southern only win £10… Think an undercover investigation needs to take place… If I could leave no stars I would but this option is not available…

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  239. We’ve been playing for just over a year and have one 3x£10, and within a few days that has been in the bank.

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  240. I have been playing for 3 years and all I have won is 4 lots of £10 pounds, but I have not won just been given back the money I pay each month, i think after 3 years I should have at least one a £1,000, but not even came close, so I’m convinced its all one big con, it’s a shame I can’t claim back all the money I have paid in.

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  241. I agree with you, scott, about it being all Scottish. More people in Scotland win the larger amounts of money than anywhere else in the country. The adverts on the T.V usually feature winners from Scotland as well.

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  242. these lotteries will give you the odd £10 just to keep your dreams alive and the money flowing into their pockets at the end of the day all lotteries or a tax on the poor people and they always have been only the poor dream of having money

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  243. Played for just over 3 years with 5 tickets.
    Discovered that to increase the chances of actually winning the monthly Postcode millions your Local area needs a certain amount of players (this information does not appear in their company literature or web page) secondly, they would not consider allowing the monthly Postcode millions winners to choose 5 local charities to benefit with a donation, despite spending a serious amount of money sending out birthday and Christmas cards to existing customers, and hosting black tie events which must have cost a lot to host. They take up to 28 days to pay out money, yet collect the monthly subscriptions in advance. The same area’s of the UK ie Scotland, The North, Wales and the Midlands take the lion share of the prizes. When people say they have “won on the Sunday” it’s really only a return of the previous months subscriptions. All in all unless you are based in the right area of the UK, your chance of winning is low. If you want to help Local charities, then give this company a wide berth.

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  244. I won £666,666 in 2015 after playing postcode lottery for 4 years. I also won numerous smaller prizes and continue to do so. I can’t fault this organisation and have never been harassed plus they paid my winnings to me within a week. 5 star organisation.

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    • Liar! I have gone back through the PCL archives and nobody has won £666.666

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  245. First off they do not win it in urban rural areas I don’t know if they are racist because they only win in areas that are less or not multicultural only areas! In the UK where the amount of English winners is more and the people who do win have luxury life’s already standing outside big houses. And the people that advertise are usually always old and retired. Nothing against old but what are they gonna possibly use the money for seriously their life insurance sorry, but I’m confused why bother I’m no longer playing, thank you.

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    • It always seems to be well off people winning the bigger prizes. One winner not too long ago had a huge house and nime horses in a stable in her garden. I have yet to see a the poorer areas of a city receive large prizes.

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  246. I sent an email telling them that as I subscribed to them electronically I was cancelling electronically and insisted that they accept my email as my cancellation notice. I’d already cancelled my DD and have heard nothing more, 3 years later.
    I stopped it after 6 months – winning, but not receiving £4 – I cancelled after very soon noticing that the majority of big winners were in Scotland. I also noticed that it’s not quite as random as a lottery should be. I’d heard of quite a few new users winning small amounts to keep them hooked. Not for me and I would definitely not recommend.

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  247. Considering stopping this to the person that thinks it’s all Scottish I’ve never seen a big win yet I just feel you are getting a wee £10 here and there it’s not a lot just throwing good money after bad

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  248. When you see the winners of big prizes it only seems to be Scottish postcodes winning! Not a fair distribution of winners.
    Considering cancelling now.

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  249. After reading most of these reviews, only one person says that their postcode won & after they had cancelled their subscription! I’ve been doing it for 5 years & won £30.Look at the facts – clearly a scam & will cancel.Sick of the adverts & shouldn’t be allowed to air.

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  250. Hi, there are 3 people playing in my household (so 3 tickets per month) been playing for 10 months have won four tenner’s after reading all these bad reviews which I didn’t expect to see if I’m honest I’m now considering cancelling.

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  251. It’s real! I unfortunately cancelled my subscription a few months before our area won and the people who shared the big prize are most definitely NOT actors! Looking back at the postcodes that win it does seem to be fair, but remember the postcode can only be entered if at least 1 person plays. Not all postcodes will be in the draw, how stupid would that be if a postcode won the big prize yet no one played in the street? I agree re the prizes being awful, for over a year all I got was £10 then this happened. Much annoyance!

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  252. I’m not complaining, but I’ve been doing it now for 4 years and I have only won £10 three time. I wonder every day and check every day, but nothing. And I was told that the people are actors please don’t let that be so because I don’t want to be checking for another 4 years. I’m not asking for a lot, but a £1.000 would be nice, but that has never happened, so I hope it’s not all a scam.

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  253. Won £10 23.3. still not received, phoned now have to send bank statement. When I asked why they take 28 days to pay was told it’s the law, rubbish, when I said why do other lotteries pay immediately, she said she did not know. So, to get £10, in gave waited 28 days, now gave to get bank statement and post and then what wait another 28 days, don’t think so, cancelled. Read reviews now agree with others.

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  254. Four of my neighbours won £25,000 each in November. The photos were all of them. Also I know of several others who have won smaller amounts. (We are in the South East) I have joined because there’s more chance of winning this than the national lottery.

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  255. Sadly, they encourage multiple tickets, but never seem to pay out, it’s always single ticket holders. I have been very vocal recently asking lots of questions as to why Scotland, North, Midlands and Wales keep winning, get standard crappy reply about everyone has equal chance, yes right! There is a lot I want to say about PPL but would be here all day. I am stopping my DD at end of April 2017. I play with 5 tickets. They are rip off merchants.

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    • the reason why certain areas win the Postcode Lottery and the same areas also win the normal lottery is because a deal was done with the government for those areas to win this is not a lie this is the truth on the lotto, it’s always the lottery numbers underneath, sorry the raffle numbers which pay to North Wales Scotland and then such areas all you have to do is checked the unclaimed prizes on lotto and you can see from them where they paid to

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    • Rachel you are just plain wrong. The current big prize draw is the £3m Millions draw. Looking back at the last 20 draws for that one there were 3 postcodes from Scotland, 1 from Wales, 5 from the north, 4 from the midlands and 7 from the south. That looks like a pretty even spread to me.

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      • Hi Tom, thanks for your reply. You missed the point, that is still heavily in favour of the area’s I commented on. Wiltshire and Swindon in particular has is the last 3+ years won so very little, save for the tiny £10 Sunday prizes, one Saturday win, approx 4 daily prizes, yet during weekend of 17th and 18th March this year West Yorkshire won both Street prizes. My point is that the same area’s win again and again.

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        • If think that’s suspect, just check the postcodes around CF31. This area seems to win multiple times a year, but in all prize ranges from £10 prizes, the £2-3K Prizes and even the jackpot.

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          • How is this lottery drawn every week. I live in a Ws13 area and we never get anywhere near the winning areas. 4 weeks in a bloody row now a B postcode has won the weekend prize. Are we at the wrong end of the postcode alphabet to qualify for a big win. I have been playing for 4 years now and only won a few 10 pounds wins. Is this really worth playing anymore?

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  256. Extras used as winners, big rake off for shareholders, more winners in Scotland – base of the lottery. Doesn’t sound that good.

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    • Postcode lottery is actually based in Holland.

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  257. Not a random lottery at all. Total scam. Look at the distribution of the winners. Seems seriously weighted in favour of the North. Suspicious if you ask me. Will never waste money on something where the odds are not only long, but weighted against me winning. Play if you live up north avoid if you live down south. Interesting it is run from Scotland. Just saying.

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  258. I have been playing now for 4 years and I’ve only won £30 in total. I’m just wishing that I get the knock on the door at the weekend, but it has never happened. And every day I check to see if I’ve won £1.000 and at the weekend’s I check and no but I still keep on doing it and wishing so I don’t hope it isn’t a scam because it isn’t fair on people like myself that could do with a bit of money as times are hard so I hope it isn’t like you say it is as for 4 years I would of wasted by checking every day.

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  259. I joined this last year £10 was taken out of my account two weeks later another £10 taken when I phoned up to ask why they said it was because I joined half way threw the month I said that can’t be right close my account I had phone calls wanting to know why I had cancelled so I ended up booking there calls one big fiddle in my opinion.

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  260. Been playing for a long time but have now stopped, it’s not value for money and their something not right about it, feels like I am flushing the money in the toilet every week, plus I have seen negative reviews and I am not convinced you’ve got a chance to win the money. It’s all set up!

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  261. It’s a hoax, no doubt. Been playing for 2 years, won 3x £10.

    My partner has a ticket as well for the same postcode, however, last time I won £10 (months back now) she somehow didn’t win.

    No doubt in my mind that PPL is rigged. They’re scamming people out of their money and hiring actors to play “winners”. Hard to fathom how people are willing to betray their friends and families for a few bucks.

    Avoid. You have been warned.

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    • Our postcode just won the March’s 3 millions and my friends and family won either 8800 or 234000 not a scam at all. I have witnessed it.

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  262. I have been doing this for 3 months and have only won £10 lol. But alarm bells are ringing now because just yesterday I was talking to a friend who does work as an extra for adverts and he was telling me that he has been given a job to film the advert for the postcode lottery. The interesting thing is that he is going to be an extra as the husband of one of the so called winners!! Mmmm, I thought they were filming the actual winners.

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  263. I would like to thank all the people who have commented on this lottery. I was about to join and decided not to after reading the comments. The CEO is Simone Veronique VAN and if you have an issue, write to her. I would have included an email address but could not find one. I honestly feel that after reading all the comments, this is a scam and should be avoided at all cost! Again, thank you for saving me money well earned!

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  264. I noticed that a lot of winners are prodomately centre in the same areas. I think that I will put it in the National lottery instead. In 21/2 years 20.00. The odds are very weak. Going to pack this in.

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  265. Hi, yes had a £10 subscription and all was well until I had a call from one of their reps asking me for an extra payment at one of once only special draw. I did agree to play for an extra draw. A few months later I found they were taking the extra one of payment every month. Rang them and got it stopped, but they refused to refund the money about £30. So I cancelled my ticket. Beware of phone calls from them. Not happy still want my £30 back.

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  266. Looked at this recently since I stopped playing National Lottery. With a business background, I looked first at the Annual Report (which is mandatory in Law). I noted that the 2014 report showed nearly one third of revenue went on ‘costs’ this equaled nearly 38 MILLION POUNDS. One year on and the revenue has increased a fair bit – but so have the costs 2015 figures are 68 MILLION POUNDS. This nearly equals what goes to good causes. This is a con with a massive rake off (it would seem) for the group of ‘stakeholders’ and execs who run it. So I’m Out – as they say on Dragons den. How can this be legal? Cannot believe that a great guy like Richard Branson can have his name associated with this!

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  267. Been in this lottery 5 years lucky to have won 3 tenners in that time. Think it’s time to go, I’m agreeing with my neighbors who have been in this lottery a year more than me.

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  268. I played for over a year. Won £10 a couple of times. My postcode city showed a lot of £10 wins. It does not look lucky and I wonder if it is all fixed.

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  269. Leeds 26 area seems to win large amounts. Wondering if someone who works at postcode lottery knows people there?
    Surrounding areas have won …….£10!
    Seems strange to me to be honest.
    Been with them few month now won surprise surprise 1st month ……£10!! Then nothing since.
    Will see how it goes, but look at winners of large amounts in Rothwell Leeds compared to rest of Leeds …to me seems strange!

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  270. Joined about 5 months ago..but have been unable to access my account after the initial joining sign in..because they say they are updating security measures..I don’t think it takes 5 months in this day and age..I sent an email complaining and got back a pre written reply..have cancelled my subscription now..

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  271. I signed up and won £10 in the 3rd month. Over the period of 12 months I won £10 3 times, but of course I had spent £120. It seems you will always win £10 a couple of times in the first year, just to get you hooked and also to make sure you Forget about the Direct Debit going out every month. I won nothing in the second year. I have trawled the entire website and even read the T&C’s and I cannot find the odds of winning anywhere. As far as I know the odds of winning are supposed to shown by law. I have asked them to comment several times but they just ignore you. There are 27 million postcodes in the therefore, your chances of winning one of those £400 checksques they keep showing are very very slim.

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  272. One thing that seems odd, I looked at the £25,000 winners early Saturday morning (3rd December) the cheque being presented to the winner for that day was already on video and available to watch at 7am and it was sunny on the video, yet it was still dark outside!

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  273. Well, I think you must have to have a lot of entries with the same post code to win otherwise your chances are non existent.
    There are only 4 entries with my postcode so I am probably going to cancel, I having been playing for 3 years and at £120 a year it is not worth it, my advice would be to check how many entries with your postcode are playing.

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  274. Partners mom has been invited to a ceremony for the 3 million prize pot as her postcode was chosen B70 7 she only started playing 2 months ago, she’s been told the minimum she can win is 5000 and the ceremony will be held on the 3rd December. Will let people know how the ceremony went in terms of what the prizes where’s amongst the winners.

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  275. I’ve been playing postcode lottery for 2 years now and I’ve noticed people who have been playing for less time have won. Also I’ve noticed no people in the west midlands have won, but other areas have 2-3 winners from posher areas. What about the west midlands area. I’m beginning to think it’s all a con to us people in built up and urban areas. Is it a con?

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  276. Not sure if its a scam, won 10 three times, but this could be just to keep you hanging in there.

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  277. I think and see all the time that they never show that Asian people wins the postcode lottery. They always give lottery to English people. Are they are racist or what. Some Asian is playing postcode lottery as well. When they see the name of Asian person they give lottery to someone else. I am Asian and I play for a long time, I never win, I’m thinking about leaving them .

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  278. I’ve been doing this for a few months now, not won a thing! However, when I check the postcodes directly above and below mine, they have won several times. In fact the postcode above me has won 3 weeks in a row. Also, they never answered emails I have sent, and it all just seems a bit of a con compared to National Lottery. Scam? Possibly, I’m sticking with it for now, but monitoring those local postcodes!

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  279. For the first few months of joining I won a few tenners, since that nothing. The big winners seem to always be in the same areas, like Wales, Scotland and anywhere north of the border. I will be contacting my bank to cancel my direct debit.

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  280. I played postcode lottery for years never won, they pick the areas they want to win loads of crap, we pay for their TV Advertisements and there TV Stars, I tried to cancel, loads of excess being made by them, wrong email address and so on.

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  281. Why don’t they run a system of a lottery for the Scots, one for the English, Welsh and the Irish, it would give players a better chance than this system they run now. Now I know they are only adverts for Postcode lottery, but all the so called winners of decent amounts of cash all seem to live in big houses, I have yet to see a winner in a tenement or a high rise flat, money seems to go to money!

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  282. Been doing postcode lottery for over 3 years with 2 tickets so well and truly out of pocket, strange how everybody wins in first month of joining.

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  283. I now been playing Postcode lottery for the last 8-9 years I had won £10 a years or some year I win nothing I don’t understand why I never win any share as all why people up north keep winning every day? Why can’t it be me?

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  284. Purchased Three Tickets Last May, Won Twice, Money Paid Into My Bank Account Immediately People In The South Of England Do Win, Those Who Find Problems Checking Results Etc., Should Persevere All The Information You Require Is There – Just Look.

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    • I think you are lying. Money is not paid into your account immediately it takes 4 days to go into your account. I won on Saturday and on a Sunday. Saturday winnings when into my ban account on the following Thursday and the Sunday Win when into the account on the following Friday

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  285. If for instance out of say fifteen players all with the same postcode and all contributing to the postcode lottery have they got a better chance of winning than only one playing under a postcode. And I presume the numbers are run through a computer so the chances of it stopping at one of the fifteen with the same code are greater than the chances of it stopping at one postcode.

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  286. I played postcodelottery for 3yrs and my biggest win was £10,when i contacted postcode to ask why most big winners in wales i was told everyone has a fare chance. So i asked how many big winners in my region which they couldnt answer as most were £5 or £10 winners so to me it was just a scam and i cancelled my dd.
    But if you live in wales i say do it you have more chance than rest if uk to win big money

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  287. I’ve being doing this lottery for over 6 months now. The one thing I’ve noticed is that alot of the winning postcodes for the bigger prizes are up north. I’ve not won anything since I started seriously considering cancelling my derict debit as it’s cost me over £120 so far, and I know someone will say that it’s your choice and I agree with that.

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  288. I’ve just found out I’ve won a share of the £3 million this week. Don’t know how much yet, but proves that someone wins!

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    • Just reading comments on postcode lottery and noticed a few months ago you were waiting for confirmation of your winnings. As yours was the only positive comment I saw, wondered if you were real and how much your share of prize amounted to. Well done and hope it all worked out ok.

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  289. Been playing it for nearly ten years, won £10 a year, I feel like I shouldn’t play it at all, as I know my luck never win anything in my life.
    Compares with someone else who just play for a couple months and they’ve won postcode million, I thought to myself why so bothered.

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  290. On the TV they make it look like every postcode is winning. I’ve played for 5 years and won £30 but work that out I pay £120 a year so basically I’ve won nothing! I don’t play to win £10!

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  291. I’ve been playing postcode lotto for over a year now and have noticed that Coventry city cv12 cv5 so and so forth keeps winning. I decided just to have a sneaky peek on the postcode map and my God nearly everyone on every road signed up to postcode lotto have won. When are they going to start spreading the areas and cities, so other people get a change. If I see Coventry comes out once more I’m cancelling.

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  292. I have been playing with 3 tickets since 2013 and have only won a total of £60.00. So, no, I will be cancelling my direct debit.

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  293. BEWARE: They don’t tell you when they’ve cancelled your membership!!! I joined PPCL in February 2015. When our postcode area recently won the monthly million I called to question why I hadn’t received a letter asking me to attend the event, as I was in the postcode area. I was informed that I had missed 3 card payments and they had subsequently cancelled my membership. I was initially told that they e-mailed me on each missed payment occasion and on cancellation – this was later retracted by PPCL who confirmed they had in fact made no attempt to correspond with me at all! This was only acknowledged when I asked them to prove it, as I knew they hadn’t sent me any e-mails except for the initial sign-up e-mail. It appears the reasons for the missed payments was likely due to a change in my credit card number. After complaining, the outcome is that PPCL have no obligation to inform any of their members of missed payment or if they cancel your membership – what other company do you deal with that would consider this acceptable? I can’t name one who I deal with! Obligations aside what a poor level of customer service, in fact a non-existent level of customer service. Not quite the friendly people orientated lottery they claim to be. This lack of customer service has, for me, meant that I have missed out on at least £1,100 prize money if not more. T Pattison

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  294. I feel that certain areas like Wales and the Midlands do better with the bigger prizes. Have not seen any sign of the bigger prizes being won in the South & Eastern regions. I wonder when the last big one was won down south. I have won twice but only £10. Keep hoping one of the big ones come to this area one of these months or years.

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  295. PS: I also noticed that Cumbria never seemed to come up very often apart from the odd tenner, but as soon as I emailed them asking about the parameters for random selection (no reply) the winning CA postcodes have increased, and I’m hanging on in there. Nothing big yet in the county, but I’m hoping that mine comes up for the millions (which is very misleading I agree) because, being rural, there can’t be many tickets in this postcode, if any others. It is good value for a tenner a month, but there are things that need to be changed, not least that a sizeable proportion of the charities are in Scotland.

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  296. My gripe is about the length of time it can take to find out what you have won in the Postcode Millions. My son is a winner in his sector, was notified by post on the 20th July, but has to wait until an ‘event’ on the 30th to find out how much, just for the benefit of the publicists. Is this even legal? it’s his money. I left a comment on Facebook, but as with a couple of emails I have sent, you never get a reply to valid queries. People have put their money on, won fair and square, and are entitled to know immediately. What if you go along and other people are getting big cheques and yours is £500? Very disappointing after a 10-day wait, which isn’t exciting as they suggest. He doesn’t want to go, but his girlfriend is looking forward to the party. Hey-ho! He will refuse publicity anyway if his prize is worthwhile. I may contact the Gambling Commission about the holding back of the prize, whatever it is.

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  297. I think it’s a something dodgy. I joined after seeing ad on Tv. I checked in their website my postcode was never winner. So I played a ticket in first month and won only £10. But they paid the £10 on the day when they took direct debit of another £10 for next month subscription. So at the end I got nothing. I have already paid for 6 months and nothing won just £10 in first month. I think it was their policy to influence player in first subscription. So you will be winner of only £10 highly likely in first month. Another funny thing is if you see their Ad on TV the big amount £1000, £25000 winners are mostly some retireds, olds grannies, grandpas. Something strange. I smell a bunch of cunts are running this lottery. Better avoid if you never won.

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  298. Been playing nearly a year. Have not won any single penny yet and thinking of quitting. Robbing bastards. All winners are always from the south and always old people.

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  299. I don’t agree with the 438 millionaire winners from the south east. I live in the south east and have never seen one let alone 438 millionaire winners? Where did that figure come from?

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  300. Not happy my pot code won 160 on 4th April and 60pound February didn’t receive any of it so will be cancelling it not happy

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  301. The age old adage is you have to be in it to win it: there is a search engine to see post code areas and prizes, indeed a post code in the next street to me won £30! For the national lottery you’ve more chance of being struck by lightening twice than winning. Lotto hot picks increases your chance of a prize. I wouldn’t say £120 for the year was a waste with no win; one would probably fritter that away on life’s non-essentials in a year anyway!

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    • Give the £120 a year to a charity directly then and you will win nothing. Why do you play the pcl? to give to charity and that you are not bothered about winning? I play to win like millions of others to give and to receive. Prize funds for the year is £120m the lottery including payrol and expenses are as follows £120m in advertising £11m in payroll and keeping those luxury offices in Edinburgh.

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  302. I think it is wrong for the Postcode Lottery to impose the various methods of payment. It is up to the individual to choose whether or not to play every week, where is the freedom of choice in this?

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  303. I have subscribed to the postcode lottery for the past 3 years, for the first 16 months I had one ticket I won £10 I increased it to two tickets now after 3 years I have won £20 total £30 but when you count up the cost it’s just not worth it
    Especially when you keep seeing their advertisement on TV of people winning £25000 + I plan to cancel my subscription in 6 months and write it off as a big SCAM

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  304. I had a go on the Postcode Lottery and only won £10 in the Saturday draw, but that seems to be the way they keep you playing because 9 months down the line I won nothing and neither did anyone in my area or in my street or in my part of the country. If you work out how much money you have wasted you could use it to pay your TV license off or buy something you need.

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  305. A MASSIVE THANKS
    I would like to commend you on a fantastic website, it’s the best iv’e used by far, for the layout, making it easy to view and use, with great information, you are a fabulous writer.

    Regarding the post code lottery, I agree with all your comments and advisories and too have cancelled my direct debit, due to funding and would be more likely to play if I had the option to play per game, rather than monthly. My biggest sway to wanting to play is that a postcode is chosen and cannot be faked, with no rollovers, a win each draw, a bonus compared to any computerized, magnetized numbers and no time issues.

    Could go on, but writings not my forte unfortunately. Thank you again, I will always use this site now.

    Oh, just wanted to mention, I didn’t know whether the rating was for your site or PPL so guessed the latter.

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  306. Postcode lottery, I have subscribed to this for about 3 years after just over a year and a half, with one ticket I won £10 I increased my subscription to £20 pa I have won a further £20
    I see postcode lottery advertisements on TV with subscribers, winning over £14000. With just one ticket after a few months. I am giving it one more year, then I plan to cancel seems it’s a con with little or no chance of winning the big money.

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  307. It seems to be that if there is only a couple of you in the street that play you will never win big, and I am considering cancelling as £120 a year a lot of money when it seems the same postcodes win time and time again.

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  308. Why can’t we see live results in the same way we see the national lottery..Who picks the postcodes…Any big winner I’ve seen have come from property owned housing estates, etc…The location has to suit the tv company’s for filming purposes…The system is just fair…I live in a high rise flat and I know for a fact they would never come to my door..The most I’ve won is a tenner.

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  309. I played postcode lottery for over a year and decided to cancel as it seemed a waste of money. When I cancelled I won £10 but thought it was strange to win on my last draw. I spoke to my friends that played they also cancelled and both won £10 each on there last draw. I cannot see this just being a coincidence and must be fixed.
    I now play the free postcode lottery and won.

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  310. Hi, I like the idea that some money will go to charity. Come to the point I want to win with good odds, so I am on this page to find out just how fair is a postcode lottery when “from memory” there are about 10 properties to a postcode, but in reality there is a hundred. There is no definitive answer how many in your postcode. Saying that a long time ago I was in contact with Richard Branson’s lawyer in connection with unfair scratch cards costing £1 and an unannounced % being a £1 pound win meaning you have won another que at the supermarket and buying another too embarrassed to get your win, surely you are supposed to get your stake money back with your £1 win and only then you have won the pound promised. I landed Richard Branson’s private mobile number but could not see it through due to life’s demands.

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  311. I only ever won £10 at a time and that would be when I had contacted them when I wanted to reduce my subscription, change my bank account details and when I finally cancelled. I think it’s a con, I’ll stick to the national lottery and health lottery.

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  312. I have never played the post code lottery, but received a letter saying I had won £320,000 of course I knew it was a scam. I rang the official Postcode Lottery office and warned them of the scam. Since then I have received post from them inviting me to join. I was going to until I read your reviews. Thank you for sharing all the information. I think my cash is better off in my purse. Cheers thanks for the warnings.

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  313. All the winners in the TV advert are in fact actors.. Now the postcode lottery will tell you otherwise, but I have it on good authority that that’s definitely the case.. People do win, but not the amounts described… Do believe everything you’re told..

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  314. You will rue the day you opened an account on the day that you try to close it and are left wondering if you too are going to get hounded or have battles over them renewing Direct Debits.
    Simple solution avoid!

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  315. I played post code lottery for six months between 2012 and 2013 by direct debit. As soon as I signed up, £20 was taken from my account. Subsequently, £10.50 was being taken. I called them up to ask questions and was told the £20 taken was normal standard as soon as someone signs up. The lady that spoke to me then said if I do direct debit, the extra £0.50 being taken will not be taken. When I reminded her I set up a direct debit, she then said the £10.50 is the normal price for montly play. I had to stop the direct debit after six months. For another two months, it was hell on earth as my handline was being called up to five times a day. I simply ignored them. When they got tired, they stopped. A year later, I received another phone call on my mobile asking me to re-subscribe to the PCR. I refused.

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  316. I’ve won 25k after 4 months play… Postcode lottery is brilliant!

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  317. Has anyone noticed since the National Lottery introduced their latest batch of numbers to their draws how often those numbers have come up? As well as the ridiculous scenario with these rollovers, just check all of the draws since they were introduced – the ratio of numbers in the 50s that are being drawn (often 3 at a time) is very suspect. Lotto knows that most people stick to their chosen numbers, which don’t contain the new batch of numbers – so what do you do? You add another line incorporating the new numbers….the result…you put more money in kerching!
    Don’t believe it? Check out the draw numbers for yourself over the past few months….it really is uncanny..
    hmmmm……

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  318. Played the PCL for 10yr yes ten year and won nothing. Always seems to be the south and Newcastle area. Telephoned to cancel and what a nightmare that was. I ended up cancelling the DD on Internet banking and surprise surprise I won £40

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  319. Postcode Scratch do not pay out I won 700, had to supply them with loads of proof and still no money, they kept saying 48 hours! well try nine days and still nothing and I was not playing with any bonus just my own deposit the are a scam simple as and I am taking the matter further

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  320. I am finding that on checking results that most of the big winners are down in South Wales, or South of England and none up here in North West and North Wales, I’ve done the postcode lottery for nearly 6 months now, won £10 twice. I’ll keep an eye out for big North Wales and North West winners in the next month or two – if there are none and all winners are down South, I will cancell my dd and stop playing.

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  321. I cancelled my subscription with post code lottery because it was always the same area post codes that seemed to win every week. If you check winning postcodes you will see they are always in the same areas, maybe if your lucky u might win £10 when you have cancelled your subscription!? makes me laugh.

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  322. Yeah so all the prizes are huge when they advertise on the tv we are in!! 2 years later we win! Shaking with excitement…..£10 ??wtf?
    To top it off we are with think money because basically we are SKINTand they stick it into our account which then charged us a handling fee of £15 YAY well done PCL big winners my arse.

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  323. Received a letter from postcode lottery saying I had won, spoke to postcode team and yes I have won courier will call at my house on sunday…….so it does happen

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  324. I believe this lottery to be a scam, You sign up and within a few months exactly you win a tenner. This is the dangled carrot. Then you will win nowt for years. and just when you’re so fed up and 3 years down the line. You will win a bigger prize £1000? And yes if you are Scottish, Geordie or Welsh, you will defo win more than the rest of Britain. And most of the good causes are Scottish based!!!!

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  325. I have been playing this for over 5 years and have only won my place money back a couple of times, when I first started playing I was told that it was a bit weighted as most of the players are from up north but the more people from down south that played the higher the odds, nothing seems to have changed, it’s still mainly won up north.

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  326. I’m laughing at your reference to Wales being annoyed. Do you check the results? It’s no secret Wales are by far the biggest winners of the postcode lottery. And just to confirm, look at this week. Wales are sharing the postcode millions, they have a winner / s of the 25 grand , same as they had last week as well. Port Talbot has also won the millions monthly twice, they are very lucky in the daily 1000 draw. So Wales eing ‘annoyed’ would be a joke.

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    • I have been playing post code well over two years now, I play with two tickets. I don’t mind helping charity but if we are to win at the same time whiles helping charity, why do I have the feeling it’s only Scotland and the northern part of London who are the only winners? I live in N1 5le and I have never won a penny. So many times I want to cancel my direct debit but I remind myself it’s for charity, but week after week it becomes so depressing when I check my emails and it’s always almost the same addresses that are winning not even close to home. So please someone explain to me how it’s played out before I cancel my tickets.

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  327. I am abroad and I have been trying to cancel my postcode lottery subscription since the begining of Feburary to no avail. I am working abroad and they they taking money even though i clearly told them I want to cancel. They are insisting I call a free phone which is not free especially that i am calling from abroad. HELP.

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  328. I have been playing for a year but I am considering quitting, despite signing up for e mail alerts on more than 1 occasion I never seem to get 1, the draws aren’t done live anywhere so basically I am just donating to a charity, at least with the national lottery I can have a bit of excitement on a draw night. The reason I changed to the ppl in the first place was the needless rise in price on the lotto and judging by the amount of rollovers it now has I think the price rise has made it less attractive for many people, the ppl however is a poor substitute and isn’t well communicated as to how and when draws take place, it does feel like a bit of a scam actually, puts me in mind of the old readers digest draws where you are sure the published winners are real people but you are unlikely to ever meet one of them

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  329. There is no MY ACCOUNT that i can find so i dont know where Ive paid up too and they have taken out two £10 lots in a week without prior warning it is not run correctly.

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    • I have also been charged twice this month, I’ve tried to sort it out by email, they told me they had charged me once only, I supplied screenshots of my PayPal and bank account proving they had charged me twice. They now say I must have clicked the confirm button twice when I set it up, and blamed it on me. I replied how can this be when you have already charged me correctly for the previous 3 months. Foaming at the mouth I decided to phone them, they took my details and said they would call me back in 5 minutes, 30 minutes later I’m writing this, these need investigated by trading standards.

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  330. Hello I’ve been doing the postcode lottery for several months now and since September I have noticed I have been being charged £20 instead of £10 a month. When I asked why this was I was told I had opted in for 2 tickets instead of 1 which I never did myself I’ve never even logged in on the site before. I am now membership as don’t trust them and never win anything either.

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  331. I was lead to believe that you pay by monthly direct debit for the following month. My post code came up recently. Yippee. I check to make sure my payment came out the month before. Yes it had so I phoned them as they hadnt contacted me. They said that my payment did cover the first draw of that month even tho you pay one month in advance??? Does anyone know about this. I was off sick the previous month n the dd wasn’t coverd by my bank. I don’t think this should matter as I had paid in front for the month we won ?? Can’t find anything different in the rules.

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  332. Complete con! We won the postcode lottery but they won’t pay! In t and c it’s states you pay in advance for 5 draws a month. They say on the phone one min it’s the first sat after the first thurs of the month for 5 weeks and then one min they say it’s 5 weekly 1 draw every Saturday, so it’s not actually 5 draws in one month but 5 weeks splattered about and that’s why they aren’t paying as we didn’t pay September for November ( supposed to be sept for oct and oct for nov?) out draw was for November for a whopping £50000, they said they don’t need to state any of this in their t and c! The have broke the gambling act law and will be seeing our solicitor about this!

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  333. I’m playing with three tickets last 8 months but I’m hopeful one day I will win and big prize I m waiting my day in Nottingham

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  334. PPL want your money in any advance, but to pay any win under 10000 pounds can take up to 28 days. Imagine having all the money people have won in your bank for 28 days. I wonder if it would make much interest. PPL need to address this issue, we all like a little flutter, but don’t like being mugged off !

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  335. I cancelled my account a while back because most big prizes were going up NORTH. I have recently returned to it but find it is still the same with most of the big prizes STILL going there so I shall be cancelling my account.

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  336. Been looking for the last 4 months at post code lottrey results if it is randum why is there never winners in the soth west seem somthing dogey going on.

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  337. I tried to log in today but it would not allow me, I thought it ws my memory for password failing so I invoked a CHAT, after a bit of to and fro(ing) I asked why I couldn’t log in, the person told me that system was down and would be for some time, I asked if this was the end of the lottery and was told NO… (We shall see!)

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  338. Been doing postcode lottery for 2 years and just won Dream holiday for June and as I play with 2 tickets the prize was doubled. Never expected it to be me.

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  339. Just cancelled my subscription. Something does not feel right with this company. Just tried to log in on the site, but where do you log-in now?? There is nothing to click, had to search in browser for log-in page. No “my account” page either, telling you about your bouns points, just goes straight to card details for purchashing tickets. VERY STRANGE, I have cancelled through my Paypal, so if anything is took out of my bank account, I will no they are dodgy.

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  340. I’ve been playing the postcode lottery for 2 years and have never won a penny. Before I cancel I would like to know why the draws are never televised? Also the people who play the game know next to nothing about how it works e.g. how is each postcode drawn etc

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  341. I was thinking to sign up, but my question is how would you ever know how many people in your post code have signed up? I don’t have a good paid job so £10 a month to me is a lot of money, and when you think £120 a year that’s a considerable amount of money I’m only 20 years old and just rented my first house with my boyfriend would you say the £10 a month is worth trying?

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  342. Just received letter from “people’s postcode lottery”- address 32 London Bridge Street, London SE1 9SY, saying “in the draw of Peoples Postcode Lottery 2014 Award International held in London, my postcode won the lottery award in the 3rd category winning a total of 825,000 pounds!! “They ask me to call Anthony Stan the Foreign Service manager of UK Security Solution on 0207-570-0342 and once the processing fee is paid they will release the cheque. There is something not quite right with this don’t you think? Any comments.

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  343. You hear of people being in the Postcode Lottery for a month and they win a prize, a large amount of cash I have been a subscriber of the postcode Lottery for over a year and I am waiting to win a prize. I have only one ticket so maybe this is the reason I havent won anything. I will give it a few more months then cancel the direct debit. Then I think my postcode will win .

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  344. I started doing the Postcode lottery, after a few months decided to stop. I phoned them to give them notice that I was stopping the direct debit.
    3 months later I noticed the money was still being taken from my account, when I contacted my bank , they informed me that 2 direct debits had been taken out. I phoned the Lottery number and was informed that “They always take out two direct debits In case one fail”. They stated that I should have cancelled both, even though I was never informed that they take 2 out. Definitely a con…………

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  345. I played the postcodelottery for six months and only won £5 pounds twice then I stopped playing. I went in the bank and got my direct debit cancelled, but after two months they joined me back again, I had to ring them.

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  346. I played for a year and a half, and then got nervous if it was a scam, as there are many articles referring to it being a scam on google. I phoned and told them I had cancelled my direct debit and told them not to make any further claims on my a/c as the d.d. had been cancelled. I also cancelled because there is no clear way of knowing how fair the drawing of the winning postcodes are. With the National Lottery everyone can see the draw and it is all transparent. Within the last hour a female called and wanted some feedback. I informed her about what I have written above, and she just went into denial and stated that I should not believe all that I read, but she ignored my comment about the lack of transparency in the draws. I informed her that I do not take all that I read on the internet as gospel, whereupon she lost patience and said I can believe what I like and slammed the phone down. Is that the behaviour of an employee from a legitimate organisation? She has now convinced me irrevocably never to resubscribe. I am also unhappy about the postcode lottery’s links with some online casino, bingo and slot machine operation based in Malta.

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  347. They sent me an email invitation – which I ignored and have blocked as it appeared dubious, but I would like to where they got my name, email address and post code from… I don’t use the email address for anything except work and it is definitely not published on-line anywhere.

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  348. I joined postcode lottery as I got something to say that it was going to be in my area (February) I think – however, I have just looked at results and the last postcode to win anything near me was in December? Just how does this work exactly?

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  349. Been playing this for a number of months and not won a bean. Ive worked out that this is predominantly a northern thing and as they have a high number of postcodes registered in turn more chance of winning. So if you are based int he north defiantly enter as you will be in with a good chance if your in and area that has not been targeted successfully by the post code lottery then stay away as you will just be wasting your money. I have also played the normal lottery along side this and have won more from this in the last 4 months then i have with the post code lottery. Will be cancelling

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  350. I started playing in December, beginning of January I was told I had won 10.00, I have had to chase up the payment ever since, I was told it would be paid in on 17/1/14 nothing I have rung them I don’t know how many times, and emailed and they say the same they will need to investigate, I have confirmed my bank details etc but still not payment. Not sure where to go from here.

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  351. I was called and was talked into joining the postcode lottery by a really bubbly young lady. I decided after a month that I would cancel as I thought about the amount of postcodes and the odds if winning. I called and had no problem canceling. I then decided that actually I must go back and rejoin as would be gutted if my postcode won (gotcha! Well got me!)
    I got a text a few days later to say I had won £10. Now, ordinarily I would have been quite pleased but I am left wondering if it is in fact luck or they rewarded me for coming back? Making me believe it isn’t picked at random at all!!!

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  352. I have tried to stop direct debit payments for 3 months now and pcl are still taking the money, even though the bank is charging them, this has got to stop how many people are you doing this to!!

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    • Hi Jean, If you sign up to internet banking with your bank, you can then go into your account. and cancel the direct debit yourself. It is also useful,if they, or others set up a direct debit without your previous consent. Good Luck.

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  353. There are strict rules in the UK regarding the collection of monies by Direct Debit.

    If a business takes money from your bank account by Direct Debit and you have not specifically authorised them to do so, report them in writing to your bank immediately.

    If a business sets up a Direct Debit on your bank account they must advise you of the Direct Debit Guarantee either by reading the whole thing to you over the phone or by posting you a copy. If they don’t do this, report them in writing to your bank immediately.

    As the bank account holder, you can cancel (or instruct your bank to cancel) any Direct Debit without agreement from the beneficiary (eg: Peoples Postcode Lottery). The beneficiary must then contact you to obtain any agreed payment by some other means.

    If a company takes the wrong amount from your bank account by Direct Debit or they take the amount more than once, first of all try to resolve the issue with them. If they do not resolve the issue within 10 working days, report them in writing to your bank immediately.

    A recurring PayPal payment is not the same as a Direct Debit. If you have any problems with a PayPal recurring payment, contact PayPal Customer Services immediately.

    As noted by another poster, Postcode Lottery sounds more like a raffle than a lottery, so each ‘ticket’ does not have an equal chance of winning a prize.

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  354. They tricked me into giving them my bank details, claiming that it was just to set up an account and that they wouldn’t use them to set up a Direct Debit till I said it was OK. Then they took money out of my account.
    The company is legit but their methods are not. DO NOT TRUST THEM!

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  355. I have just cancelled my account with postcodelottery after 1 month, first of all I could not access my account, and after five new passwords I finally achieved access, I made a one off payment for a ticket to see how things went and then they helped themselves to Decembers ticket cost without my saying so. An email I sent to them has not been answered in the 3 days they said it would be (now on day 8) and on phoning them to cancel my account immediately I was subjected to a several minute monolgue as to why I should remain with them.
    I would class them as unprofessional and only interested in getting hold of your money, the phone conversation ended with saying my account would be canceled on 11 Jan 2014 WATCH THIS SPACE!

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  356. I spoke to an agent online today asking about the double direct debits, the way it works, as they have preset DD dates each month so, for example, I signed up at the end of November, my ticket would not be eligible till the 7th of December but a second debit (I presume) for January’s ticket, would be taken on the 10th of December.

    Now, this is the confusing part: My brother signed up last night (the 4th of December) but he’s not eligible for the draw which takes place on the 7th of December, in fact his ticket will not be eligible for any draws until the 4th of January, yet he will have a second debit taken from his Pay Pal account on the 10th of December.

    I asked the agent to confirm that, should a DD be cancelled, the last DD taken, on any given date, would be used for a “final draw”; e.g. if my brother cancelled his DD after the 10th of December, but before the 4th of January, he would be entered into all draws from the 4th of January through till March.

    The agent could not confirm this, my suspicion is that they probably outsource their customer care and the people dealing with it have no reference point.

    In regards to people asking about how the draw works, my instincts tell me this is more of a raffle than a lottery, so if your postcode is in the draw it has a chance of being picked, if no one in your street or postcode area purchases a ticket then it’s impossible for your postcode to be drawn. The more tickets purchased for a particular postcode increases the chances of that postcode being picked and, seeing as lottery’s are the easiest way to get money from those within a particular wealth bracket, it would not surprise me if there were more winners from particular areas, the proof of this is the fact that Romford, Enfield and Dartford have produced the most lottery winners after which it was northern cities which tookover.

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  357. Made a map of recent winners from details from the postcode lottery homepage – I find it weird there isn’t a single winner in the Northern Ireland… approx 2m people.

    http://bit.ly/1bG56aH

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  358. I signed up to play Postcode Lottery on Saturday 2nd November. I only signed up once, yet received two email notifications with two different references stating that two amounts of £10.50 each had been taken from my account. I tried to rectify this with the Postcode Lottery and it is virtually impossible. I got caught in an email ‘loop’ whereby someone called Calum (Customer Journey) kept asking me for my full address and date of birth. After four requests for this, I decided to phone the 0800 number. I spoke to a Customer Journey Advisor (?) who told me that they couldn’t help because I had registered online and that I would have to send bank statements so that they could check this. I gave her the payment confirmation details but she said that she had no way of tracking these numbers. I asked how, in that case, could she be sure, as she assured me, that I had only purchased one ticket. She confirmed that she couldn’t. I then asked her to cancel the whole transaction. She said that she couldn’t, since I had signed up online. She could only ensure that no further payments were taken from my account. The whole thing is either highly suspicious or else the worst-run lottery I have ever encountered. Either way, it’s back to Camelot for me, although I fear that my ordeal via Peoples Lottery is not yet over – since until next month I will not know how much has been taken from my account, nor how to get it refunded.

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    • Hi Linda. The best way to stop money coming out of you bank account is to go to your bank and tell them to stop payment to Postcode Lottery. All so tell them If they try to get the money out. Tell the bank to stop payment.

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  359. I have been playing the postcode lottery for only 10 months and my postcode area sr8 3 has just been drawn for Octobers millions draw and have been contacted by them to advise i am a winner of minimum £1,000 and anything upto £400,000 i will be attending a winner party at a local banqueting suite in a weeka time to find out how much, i for one am pretty happy evebln just to win the grand and will be overjoyed if its more and considering i have on paid £100 for the pleasure im pretty pleased with the winnings 🙂 wish me luck for a biggy!

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  360. I thought it was only me thinking how unfair the odds of winning, a lottery is a random number generator and not an area generator. Your postcode acts the same way as if you pick a selection of numbers so why do areas of the country win over 80 per cent of the prizes. The lottery commission state that its a fair and random judging of equal proportion, so why is such a high number of winners coming from scotland and northeast boarders. They cannot tell me that more people play than anywere else in the uk, if so why are people living outside of the postcodes not informed of these statistics, my advice is don’t bother and save your money. I tried it for nearly 2 years before realising were most of the winners come from, even the tv ad are northeast winners talking about ther win. Leave your money in the bank and not there’s.

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  361. Cancelled my account last year fed up seeing nearly all the winners in either Scotland or the north East, Durham, Tyne area and surrounding areas oh yes and Washington uk, just check and see how many times all the winners and the big money winners come from these areas.

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  362. I think the postcode lottery (especially their instant win games) are a scam! You never win and when you try to cancel your account they don’t let you! They wanted me to reveal all my personal details and then becuase i’d registered with an old mobile number (which I couldn’t remember) they refused to let me cancel?! (Even though I was talking to them, logged in, on my own account!)rubbish! I wouldn’t go near them…

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  363. I have been playing the Post Code lottery for three months. I canceled my account, because I don’t like direct debit. It is not fare making people set a direct debit. I think this should be a free decision for everyone to play or not to play, not a every month subscription. And if you want to cancel they make you call them. I don’t have a land line, so I used my mobile phone and I was billed £10 for the conversation with them. They don’t give you a reference for cancellation, you can never be sure. It is better to check with your bank. They have an option to call you back, but if it is for cancellation, they don’t do it straight away. I WOULD NEVER RECOMMEND THE POST CODE LOTTERY TO ANYONE.

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Postcode Lottery Exposed — Do You Agree with Customer Reviews?

Postcode Lottery Review

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! Postcode Lottery runs lotteries that are based on your postcode. 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.

How Can Postcode Lottery Win Me Millions?

Postcode Lottery is a subscription service. Each subscription buys one ticket for a month at a cost of £10 (plus a 0.50p service fee). This ticket is based on your postcode. You can buy as many monthly subscriptions as you’d like, which means you might have three tickets on your postcode. 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 postcode. The person with the full winning postcode gets the big prize. But, it is important to note that

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)”,

states official Postcode Lottery website.  If you have three tickets, you could win three times in a specifically 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, weekly and monthly prizes based again – yes – on your postcode.

Over the years, the lottery has added a couple of additional opportunities to win prizes.

The first one is periodic competitions that are announced on the website and the PostCodeLottery Facebook page. These are usually for non-cash prizes like shopping vouchers, tablets or tickets for a range of events. The website has a long list of people who have supposedly won the competitions so far, but because of the small awards, it’s difficult to verify whether such people exist and if they’ve won anything.

There’s also a Postcode Lottery bingo. According to the official presentation, you deposit 10 pounds for a chance to win 30. There’s supposed to be a welcome bonus on the first deposit and some of the proceeds will once again be donated to charities.

Finally, there are some instant scratch cards. There are more than 150 games to choose among and an opportunity to get a prize of up to 5,000 pounds. Just like with other virtual scratch cards, however, it’s imperative to remain cautious. You don’t have a way of verifying the types and numbers of cards. In fact, there’s no telling if winning cards exist at all. Though Postcode Lottery supposedly gives you hundreds of options to win money (while supporting charities – something that they heavily put emphasis on), I’d still recommend retaining a healthy degree of skepticism about what they do.

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Stop the Presses

You have to have a British postcode 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. If you don’t have a British postcode 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 Post Code Lottery

Getting around the Postcode Lottery’s site is painful. The information is scattered all of the places with no one location that provides a summary of what they offer. Too many words are made 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.co.uk

Postcode Lottery 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 least there is someone real you can talk with to discuss your question. People can also sign up for regular emails for Postcode Lottery news, updates and results.

Complaints at Postcode Lottery

Most complaints about Postcode Lottery were about the fact that some lottery representatives call 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.

What Else Do People Have to Say about It?

Looking for information online, it’s easy to see there are people who have actually won some money from the Postcode Lottery. Most of the individuals doing the reporting, however, mention relatively small sums.

One thing to keep in mind, however, is that some of the individuals that tried Postcode Lottery and won some money experienced serious problems when it comes to getting a payment. According to the website’s official regulations, all winnings are transferred directly to the player’s bank account. Still, many people have experienced problems with delays or not receiving their money at all.

So, the negatives seem to far outweigh the positive player testimonials about the lottery. Submitting your postcode and winning money while also helping numerous charities may sound like a spectacular idea. Many people that have tried Postcode Lottery, however, believe that they would have been way better off by playing a national lottery and contributing to charities at their own discretion.

So Where Does the Profit Go?

One of the selling points of Postcode Lottery 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 think 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).

Some of the charities included in the official list are the Postcode Community Trust (a foundation supposed to aid marginalized communities), the Postcode Local Trust (providing project-specific funding), the Postcode African Trust (that supports charities like AfriKids and TheirWorld) and the Postcode Animal Trust (supporting charities like Marine Conservation Society, PDSA, Riding for the Disabled Association and the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland).

Over the years, Postcode Lottery has increased the number of charities that it works with and there’s also information about the amounts of funds that have been submitted to each individual charity cause. This type of information is easily verifiable – you’ll simply have to contact the individual charity organization. Though they’ll probably refrain from revealing numbers, it’s still easy to check whether Postcode Lottery has made any contribution at all. And some of these contributions are supposedly huge – according to the lottery’s website, it has donated 1,2 million pounds to PDSA!

Would you mind rating PostcodeLottery.co.uk?

The Bottom Line on Postcode Lottery

The bottom line is whether you think your postcode is lucky. No, seriously, I guess it would be almost irresistible for most people to want to get in on this game. The results are widely broadcast and it would be very frustrating to hear your postcode 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.

Pros:

No Numbers to Pick

Lots of Prizes

Supports Charities

Many Different Games to Choose Among

Joining Is Easy

 Numerous Payment Methods Are Supported

 The Customer Support Team Is Responsive – Their Effectiveness Has Been Verified by Users

Cons:

MUST HAVE A UK RESIDENCE

 There Are Complaints about Prizes Not Being Paid Out

 There Are Complaints about Former Members Being Harassed by Lottery Reps

It’s Not an Official Lottery, but an Online Conglomerate of Games

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 to 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! Also, you may want to check out the complaints about the lottery before giving it a try. The experiences of others are quite informative and it’s up to you to interpret the information.