The price of playing The National Lottery is increasing in the Autumn so now is not a bad time to start thinking about alternatives. We've already covered betting on the lottery via bookmakers but what about alternative games? The People's Postcode Lottery offers you the chance to win daily prizes as well as the chance to share £2million!
If you've not played before then here's a little video explaining how the postcode lottery works. The key to this is that your postcode is your lottery ticket. You buy your ticket and that's pretty much it - you're in the prize draws. There are daily, weekly, monthly and bimonthly chances to win.
Tickets cost £10 a month - slightly more across a whole year than if you played £1 on each of the Wednesday and Saturday lotto games - but you also do have more chances to win. You have the chance to win £1000 each week day, £10K each week (drawn on Saturday), £100K each month plus a car - and of course there's a £2million draw every couple of months. Every Sunday there's another draw which gives 6000 players the chance to win £5.
The lottery has been running in The UK since 2005 and it's run by Novamedia. They also run The Dutch National Postcode Lottery, The Friends Lottery and the BankGiro Lottery in the Netherlands as well as The Swedish Postcode Lottery in Sweden. This hopefully gives you a bit more confidence with them. All these games help charity and 22.5% of the ticket fee goes to good causes.
If you only play a couple of quid on The National Lottery and perhaps fancy a change then this game does seem to be a worthy alternative. The big question though is what are your chances of winning? According to Postcode Data there are around 1.8million UK postcodes. If all postcodes played then obviously your chance of winning is 1 in 1.8million! However, not every code will be in the draw and we presume the winners are drawn from those who have entered.
By the way if you live in the North East or on the West Coast of Scotland then you really should be playing. According to a report in Metro in 2012 these were the luckiest regions when it came to winners of the game.