• Founded in 1989 as Novamedia's first charity lottery
• Fifty percent of the stakes goes to charity
• Every month 2.7 million members play with 4.1 million tickets
Fifty percent of the Dutch Postcode Lottery’s gross proceeds goes directly to various charities. With 2.7 million participants and a total of 4.1 million tickets in 2014, the Postcode Lottery gave more than 312 million euros to more than 99 charities working in the fields of conservation, environmental protection, developmental aid and human rights. They include the Clinton Foundation, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Médecins Sans Frontières, Oxfam Netherlands, the World Wildlife Fund, Amnesty International and Greenpeace.
The way the Dutch Postcode Lottery works is a classic example of a win-win situation. After all, it’s not only our charities that are richly rewarded. Each year, more than 10 million participants are treated to a host of prizes, ranging from full VIP treatment at a resort to becoming a millionaire overnight. The weekly PostcodeStreetprize, in which a whole street stands to win a spectacular cash award, is popular and well known throughout the Netherlands. The highlight of these neighbourhood awards is the PostcodeKanjer, given out on the 1th of January each year. This prize is the biggest in Dutch lottery history. Back...
The ambassadors of the lottery include Dutch stars Caroline Tensen, Quinty Trustfull and Martijn Krabbé. Their television programs (more than 300 airings a year!) help to support our many charities and show lottery participants how the money is spent. We also spread this message through various forms of direct mail correspondence, our annual report, and free publicity.
Every year, depending on the growth of the lottery, new charities are welcomed to the group of beneficiaries. To see the complete list of all beneficiaries, click here.
Lottery licences in the Netherlands are granted by the Minister of Justice. The Ministry of Justice and the Dutch Gaming Control Board supervise the national gaming licences and compliance with the Act on Games of Chance. The Board also advises the Minister regarding changes in the rules and regulations, licence and licensees’ rules for participants and monitors the activities of all national legal gaming organisations in the Netherlands for this purpose.
The external auditing of the work of the Dutch Charity Lotteries is carried out by PricewaterhouseCoopers, the Netherlands Metrology Institute (NMI) and notary J.P. van Harseler. Accountants from PricewaterhouseCoopers audit the figures and its computer experts check the data processing of the members’ accounting records. The Netherlands Metrology Institute audits the processes regarding the fairness of the lottery. The notary Mr J.P. van Harseler of Amsterdam carries out the draw of the Dutch Charity Lotteries. Back...
€ 624 million
To charities 2014:
€ 312 million
Total to charities to date:
Around € 4.4 billion