What’s a lucky postcode?
The postcode has been with us in Britain since 1959, and by 1974, the postcode system covered Britain.
The postcode in its present form is a mixture of six letters and digits, with 124 postcode areas, 2,869 districts, and 9,516 sectors, giving a total of 1,671,528 postcodes for 24.5 million addresses.
But what about a lucky postcode?
With decentralised health services, school and hospital allocations by postcode and many other decisions based on that combination of 6 letterer and digits, it could be difficult to pinpoint any one postcode as ‘luckiest’.
Charity lottery the People’s Postcode Lottery identifies their luckiest postcodes as those where winnings have been most impressive- those postcodes winning the weekly £30,000 Street Prize and tri-annual larger prize pots (Big Postcode Rollover’s) with the most frequency.
Hence the SR- Sunderland postcode is considered one of many lucky ones in England, with the postcode a regular weekly winner and having also won a larger prize pot of £250,000 in April last year.
In Scotland several postcodes contend for the prize of having lady luck look favourably upon them- AB postcodes (Aberdeenshire) were an early favourite in 2008 and 2009, winning Street Prizes a plenty and two larger prize pots of £100,000 each.
But then IV- Inverness postcodes are strong contenders also, with three larger prize pots landing in quick succession, in addition to regular Street Prize wins. May and October 2008 saw IV postcodes land £57,000 and £67,000, while in March 2009 Bo’ness received a boost of £1.1 million.
Last on our prize topping list are the KY postcodes, who have stormed Street Prizes in 2010, winning over £60,000 in the first few weeks of the New Year alone. On top of this they’ve had regular Street Prize wins across 2009 and won the very first larger prize pot of £1 million in November 2008.
The more people who play in any given area increases the likelihood of a postcode winning, so it’s safe to say the good times are set to continue across the UK. What will 2010 bring? There’s everything to play for…