New Years Postcard Lottery

25 Jan

New Years is Japan’s biggest holiday.  The holiday has many traditions in Japan.
One of the traditions is sending 年賀状 (New Years postcards).

One the back of Japanese New Years postcards, in the lower right-hand corner, is a six-digit number.
Every year in late January, the Japan Post Office has a New Years Postcard Lottery.

Yesterday was this years drawing.

The winning numbers for the 2010 年賀状 (New Years Postcard) lottery:

First Place (TV, computer, travel, digital camera or an office set)
– 975424

Second Place (Wii, digital camera, DVD player, TV)
– 259668,
– 446722, or
– 630838

Third Place (brand name merchandise)
– any number with the last four digits as 0977

Fourth Place (postage stamps)
– any number with the last two digits as either 00 or 52

“C” Prize (JTB ¥5,000 gift certificate)
– any number with the last five digits as 27520

There is also a Summer postcard lottery in Japan.
And I wrote a post about the New Years Postcard Lottery last year.

Did you get 年賀状 (Japanese New Years postcards) this year?
Do any of you cards have a winning lottery number?
I have three winning cards…all for postage stamps.

12 Responses to “New Years Postcard Lottery”

  1. EmLem January 12, 2011 at 11:57 am #

    Cool! I didn’t even check to see if I won anything last year. I had sent some abroad by attaching 20yen stamps to the cards, so I hope they made it!
    Maybe this year I will win something cool like stamps, or something better.


    • tokyo5 January 12, 2011 at 10:34 pm #

      They’ll announce the winning numbers later this month.


  2. naybanana February 5, 2010 at 6:51 pm #

    So Goods….


  3. Chris January 26, 2010 at 2:02 pm #

    Free stamps? Not a bad deal! Send me a card next year. 🙂


    • tokyo5 January 27, 2010 at 12:44 am #

      The stamps are Japanese postage, not U.S…I’m sure you know.


      • Chris January 29, 2010 at 9:01 am #

        I had rather guessed that, yes. 😉


      • tokyo5 January 29, 2010 at 11:52 pm #

        I was certain.


  4. cuteandcurls January 26, 2010 at 10:36 am #

    Wow I wouldnt mind winning those. I received my 1st nengajyo from my friend but i doubt its valid for me over here or anything hehehe


    • tokyo5 January 27, 2010 at 12:44 am #

      Does it have a winning number on it?


      • cuteandcurls January 27, 2010 at 9:33 am #

        Its got the 6 digit numbers on it but *sigh* its no winner ….


      • tokyo5 January 28, 2010 at 11:41 pm #

        Maybe next year.


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