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Germany became the fourth postcode lottery country when the Deutsche Postcode Lotterie was launched in October 2016.

The German postcode lottery is growing fast, having more than 500,000 tickets in the September 2019 draw.

Good causes receive 30 per cent of the ticket price. The lottery supports a wide range of German initiatives and community organisations. These organisations work for education, development of the wellbeing of children and seniors, human rights and nature protection.

Money raised in each individual federal state helps fund good causes working in that state.

A list of supported projects can be found at www.postcode-lotterie.de/projekte

The concept is simple and familiar. A player's ticket is created from their postcode, which consists of the post number (Postleitzahl) representing their postal area and two letters assigned to their street. To make it unique, each ticket has a unique three-digit number. Players have the chance to win prizes every day and cash prizes are paid directly into players’ bank accounts.

The lottery’s main office is in Düsseldorf.

Postcode Lottery format

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The postcode is the basis of the lottery number. A lottery ticket costs € 12,50 per ticket per month.

When Deutsche Postcode Lotterie launched in 2016, it introduced a unique concept to Germany: a social lottery in which players can win prizes together and support good causes around the corner, at the same time.

In the first two years of operation, €14.1 million was raised for charitable projects across the country.

An independent advisory board (Beirat) led by the former chairperson of the Bundestag, Prof. Dr. Rita Süssmuth, decides on the distribution of funding.

 

Katarina Witt

Katarina Witt

Former figure skating star and Olympic Gold medalist

"I couldn’t think of a better way to use my popularity than to support charitable causes that help people. And being the ambassador of Deutsche Postcode Lotterie enables me to do just that. The combination of winning and giving - is there anything better than that? That’s why I’m very happy to join the postcode lottery family."

Toni Kroos

Toni Kroos

World Cup winner, four-time UEFA Champions League winner

"Winning is wonderful, that I know. I wish everyone good luck! I am really happy to be an ambassador of Deutsche Postcode Lotterie – together we can help a lot of children."

Kai Pflaume

Kai Pflaume

TV presenter


"The more players with the same postcode take part in this Lottery, the more people win when their postcode is drawn. I like this idea very much, because joy doubles when you share it."
 

Felix UhligFelix Uhlig
Street Prize Ambassador

Giuliano LenzGiuliano Lenz
Street Prize Ambassador

 

“Postcode of the Month” gives players the chance to win a share of €1.000.000. Every Saturday, a prize of €10,000 is awarded to players in a lucky postcode. With five draws each month, prizes are won every day.

Prize plan of the Deutsche Postcode Lotterie

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Annemiek Hoogenboom acts as the Managing Director of Deutsche Postcode Lotterie, with her deputies Sascha Maas and Robert Engel.

“Generating gifts for good causes that benefit people and planet, is written in the DNA of the Postcode Lottery. We created the first Postcode Lottery 30 years ago because we believe that giving goes from strength to strength, just like a tree producing apples each season growing stronger. We believe that social organisations are indispensable for social change. I’m both excited and proud that in Germany we are building on our successes in the Netherlands, Great Britain and Sweden.”  - Annemiek Hoogenboom, Managing Director of the Deutsche Postcode Lotterie

The Deutsche Postcode Lotterie exists to raise funds for, and increase awareness of, charities and good causes across Germany. 30 percent of the money raised by the lottery will go to local and regional projects of social benefit across Germany – focussing on education, social cohesion, human rights, animal welfare and nature conservation.