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Since 1989, the Dutch Postcode Lottery has been raising funds to support organisations working for a fairer, greener world. Fifty percent of its income goes to charity. The lottery has grown to become the Netherlands' biggest charity lottery and supports 99 nongovernmental organizations. Since its founding, the lottery has dispensed over 5 billion euros to its beneficiaries.
Just as the BankGiro Loterij and the VriendenLoterij the Dutch Postcode Lottery is part of the Holding Nationale Goede Doelen Loterijen.
Thanks to the Postcode Lottery’s 2.8 million participants – who buy more than 4 million tickets – a total of over 341 million euros was distributed among 99 nongovernmental organisations in 2017. Every month participants have a chance to win thousands of prizes. Each Saturday participants of a postcode share 100.000 euros and each Sunday a postcode wins a 'street prize' (every participant receives 12.500 or 25.000 euros per ticket). A few times a year a whole neighbourhood wins a millions prize. Popular Dutch TV lottery programmes like ‘Koffietijd’ and 'Postcode Loterij Miljoenenjacht' draw millions of viewers.
International and domestic organisations working on behalf of humanity and the environment, such as UNICEF, WWF, Amnesty International, Natuurmonumenten and Doctors Without Borders, receive support from the Postcode Lottery. With this support, nongovernmental organizations realise projects such as those that make it possible to increase the livability in Dutch neighborhoods, to protect life in the oceans and to provide clean drinking water for children in Sierra Leone.