As I mentioned in an early post (Click here to read it), Japanese people send 年賀状 (New Years Postcards) to friends and family.
On the back, in the lower right-hand corner, of every 年賀状 (New Years Postcards) is a six-digit number.
Every January, the Japan Post Office chooses random numbers for a kind of New Year Postal Lottery and if you received a 年賀状 (New Years Postcards) with one of the winning numbers, you can get a prize.
Yesterday, the winning numbers were announced.
Did you receive any Japanese 年賀状 (New Years Postcards)?
Check the number on the back to see if you’ve won. (If you have, bring the winning postcard to a post office to claim your present).
Here are the winning numbers for the 2009 lottery (of course, you can only win if you have a winning number on a 2009 年賀状 (New Years Postcards)):
- First Prize (Digital TV, Massage chair, Domestic (Japan) trip, Printer, Office goods, etc.)
- Second Prize (温泉 (Hot Springs) trip, Coffee maker, Digital camera, etc)
- Third Prize (Hotel stay, Coffee cake, etc)
(Only the last four digits need to match):
- Fourth Prize (Sheet of postage stamps)
(Only the last two digits need to match):
- “C group” (Panasonic garbage recycler, Bridgestone bicycle, Coleman camping set)
Did you win?
(BTW, Click here to visit the Japan Post page (in Japanese) that I found the winning numbers and prizes listed)