Deutsche Postcode Lotterie

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

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

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 Monthly Prize gives players the chance to win a share of €1,400,000. 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.


Deutsche Postcode Lotterie

Martin-Luther-Platz 28
40212 Düsseldorf
+49 (0)211 94 28 38 39

Postcode Lottery format



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



Results & key success factors

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.

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


Figures for 2021 Deutsche Postcode Lotterie

Players December


Tickets December 1,174,656
Prizes total per year 2,622,644
Projects 936
Revenue € 162.2 million
To charities  € 48.6 million
To charities 2016-2021 € 115.9 million


Find the most recent annual report and allocations in the newsroom.

Planet & People

€ 48.6 million

donated in 2021

Raising funds for good causes

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


view all the charities


Deutsche Postcode Lotterie ambassadors




Friederike Behrends (chair) and Robert Engel are managing directors at Deutsche Postcode Lotterie.

Friederike Behrends
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Robert Engel