I’m sure we’d all love to win the lottery, I know I would! There’s so many things I’d do with all that lovely money. The chances of winning can be pretty slim though, so paying for a lottery ticket every week is kind of like throwing money down the drain.
I’ve been looking into free lotteries in the UK. There are lots! Whilst they don’t generally pay out millions, they do have decent cash prizes!
I’ve been playing the Free Postcode Lottery for a few months, sadly I’ve not won anything yet! It’s so easy to take part though and there’s a chance of winning pretty big amounts of money.
How it works
The Free Postcode Lottery is funded solely by adverts. The site is full of adverts in the side bars but that doesn’t detract from the usablity. Each day, there is a main draw at midday where one registered postcode wins. If this is your postcode then you’re in luck! Prizes have to be claimed within 24 hours otherwise the funds will roll over to the next draw. If you’re like me and you’re rubbish at remembering to log in every day and check, then you can set up an email reminder, I’d be lost without this! You can also set up an automatic calendar via the site so that you get a reminder pop up on your computer.
If there is more than winner and all winners claim, then the prize will be split between them, if there are two winners but only one claims the prize money will all go to the one claimant.
You only need to enter once. Fill in your email address and postcode and you’ll automatically be entered into the main daily draw every single day.
The Draws & Winnings
There are a number of different draws, you’re automatically entered into the main draw daily once you’ve registered but you will need to actively check/enter the others:
This takes place every day at midday with a prize fund of £500. If nobody claims before midday the following day, then the prize fund will be rolled over. You’ll also receive a 1p bonus every day you visit the main draw page.
This takes place every day at midday. The total daily prize fund is £150 unless there’s a rollover. Some days the postcode will be automatically revealed but sometimes you’ll have to complete a short survey to reveal it.
This is reset at midday each day. The main prize fund is £10 unless there’s a rollover. You’ll need to watch a short video in order to reveal the winning postcode.
At least 5 new postcodes appear at 9am and 9pm every day. The first person to claim for each postcode wins £10 – there can only be one winner per postcode so it’s first come first served. Unclaimed prizes carry over to the next draw with a newly refreshed postcode.
These draws involve prizes from other companies, typically you can win gift cards for companies such as Groupon and Quidco. All you’ll need to do is enter by clicking a link and winners will be notified by email.
This draw is hidden at the bottom of the main page every evening between 6pm and midnight. The prize is £100, there can only be one winner and the prize pot will not rollover if not claimed.
I don’t always get chance to check out all of the draws every day, in fact I’ll admit that it’s rare that I do. However, I always click on the link in the daily email to check whether I’ve won the main draw, it takes seconds and could make me £500 richer!
Give it a whirl, you have to be in it to win it!
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