Do YOU live in Britain’s luckiest area? People’s Postcode Lottery reveals counties with most winners

It’s the time of the year when many of us could benefit from having a few extra quid in our pockets – and if you live in the north, it may be worth a punt on the People’s Postcode Lottery.

Research has revealed you are more than twice as likely to bag a win in the £3million draw if you’re a resident in the north of England, as only 18 out of the 45 winners (37 per cent) have been from the south. 

Housing agent sellhousefast.uk investigated which areas of the UK are home to the most frequent winners according to the People’s Postcode Lottery’s recent results.

Despite the north being the home to the majority of winners, postcodes in Devon have actually had the most £3million draw winners – five since 2016.

Research has revealed you are more than twice as likely to bag a win in the £3million People's Postcode Lottery draw if you're a resident in the north of England, as only 18 out of the 45 winners (37 per cent) have been from the south

Research has revealed you are more than twice as likely to bag a win in the £3million People's Postcode Lottery draw if you're a resident in the north of England, as only 18 out of the 45 winners (37 per cent) have been from the south

Research has revealed you are more than twice as likely to bag a win in the £3million People’s Postcode Lottery draw if you’re a resident in the north of England, as only 18 out of the 45 winners (37 per cent) have been from the south

In second place is Greater Manchester, with four winners, followed by Worcester and Merseyside in third place with three winners each. 

And you’re least likely to win if you live in Wales, as no prizes have been given out to postcodes here since the £3million draw began in 2016.

In the past year the luckiest postcodes have been in the Yorkshire area – two out of the nine winning postcodes were within an hours’ drive of each other (29 miles apart).

When it comes to the £30,000 draw, since 2018 Greater London has had the most luck overall, with the highest number of winners in the UK. 

In the past year the luckiest postcodes have been in the Yorkshire area - two out of the nine winning postcodes were within an hours' drive of each other (29 miles apart). Pictured: stock image

In the past year the luckiest postcodes have been in the Yorkshire area - two out of the nine winning postcodes were within an hours' drive of each other (29 miles apart). Pictured: stock image

In the past year the luckiest postcodes have been in the Yorkshire area – two out of the nine winning postcodes were within an hours’ drive of each other (29 miles apart). Pictured: stock image

This was followed by Greater Manchester, Kent, Devon, Lancashire, South Yorkshire and Surrey.

This year Greater Manchester has been home to the luckiest postcodes, with nine £30,000 winners drawn from this area, followed by Kent which has seen eight people bag the generous prize. 

In Scotland, living in Lanarkshire gives you the highest chance of winning the pot, with six winners so far in 2019, while in Wales, just six people have won £30,000 across the country. 

This year Greater Manchester has been home to the luckiest postcodes, with nine £30,000 winners drawn from this area, followed by Kent which has seen eight people bag the generous prize. Pictured: Danyl Johnson, a People's Postcode Lottery ambassador

This year Greater Manchester has been home to the luckiest postcodes, with nine £30,000 winners drawn from this area, followed by Kent which has seen eight people bag the generous prize. Pictured: Danyl Johnson, a People's Postcode Lottery ambassador

This year Greater Manchester has been home to the luckiest postcodes, with nine £30,000 winners drawn from this area, followed by Kent which has seen eight people bag the generous prize. Pictured: Danyl Johnson, a People’s Postcode Lottery ambassador

Areas most likely to win in the £3million People’s Postcode lottery draw* 

1. Devon (five winners)

2. Greater Manchester (four winners)

3. Worcester and Merseyside (three winners each)

4. Cumbria, Durham, Hampshire, Nottinghamshire and West Midlands (two winners each)

5. Cheshire, Kent, North Yorkshire, East Riding of Yorkshire, Wiltshire, Middlesex, West Yorkshire, Derbyshire, Angus, Fife, South Yorkshire, East Sussex, Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Greater London, Tyne + Wear, Warwickshire, Lancashire, Yorkshire, Cheshire west and Chester (one winner each). 

*Using data from 2016 – present

Areas most likely to win the £30,000 draw* 

1. Greater London

2. Greater Manchester

3. Kent and Devon

4. Lancashire

5. South Yorkshire

6. Surrey

 *Using data from 2018 – present 

Areas most likely to win the £1,000 draw*

1. Greater London

2. Greater Manchester

3. Essex

4. Lancashire and West Midlands

5. Kent

6. Merseyside, South Yorkshire, Leicestershire and Northumberland 

 *Using data from 2019 – present

Data from the past two years reveals postcodes starting with CH are most likely to win the £30,000 prize, followed by BS, EX, BN, IV, N, NE, IP and then SK.

Postcodes in Rutland and the Isle of Wight are the least likely area to win £30,000 as there have been zero prize winners so far. 

This year alone, the most common winning areas in the UK are Greater Manchester (nine winners), Kent (eight), Greater London and Devon (seven each), and Lancashire and Lanarkshire (six each). 

Starting postcode letter most likely to win the £1,000 daily prize

 1. S

2. B

3. N

4. L

5. D

6. C & T

7. R & W 

8. H & P 

9. G

10. E

11. K

12. I

13. F & O

14. Y

15. A, J, U & Z

 

Dates for all data from January 1 to November 28, 2019 

Wiltshire, Derbyshire, Suffolk, Somerset and West Yorkshire are the fifth most likely postcodes to win, with four winners from each county in 2019.

When it comes to the daily £1,000 draw, Sell House Fast discovered that postcodes starting with ‘S’ are most likely to win, while those beginning with ‘B’ are second. 

Postcodes starting with A, J, U and Z are the least likely to pick up a prize in this category.

The areas most likely to win the £1,000 daily prize are Greater London, Greater Manchester, Essex, Lancashire and West Midlands, followed by Kent. 

Merseyside, South Yorkshire, Leicestershire and Northumberland are all in joint sixth as the luckiest postcodes. 

According to its annual report, the People’s Postcode Lottery has more than three million players, with 8,220,222 prizes won in 2018. 

Winning postcodes are announced every day and prizes range from £10 to a share in a £3million prize pot (the maximum amount that can be won by a single ticket is 10% of draw proceeds up to a maximum of £400,000).

There is actually no obligation to play using your own postcode, with many players choosing to use postcodes unrelated to their home address. 

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