Every year in late January the Japan Post Office announces the winning numbers of the 年賀ハガキお年玉 (New Years Postcard lottery).
I’ve written blog posts about it. Click here to read one that explains about it.
There used to be nine winning number combinations years ago…then it was reduced to seven winning number combinations. This year, there are only four winning combinations.
First place: if you have a postcard with the last five digits being 97085, you’ve won ¥10,000.
Second place: if the last four digits are 2344, you win your choice from a selection of various prizes. Mainly foods, drinks and kitchen supplies.
Third place: if the last two digits on any of your postcards are either 72 or 74, you win a sheet of two postage stamps with this year’s Chinese horoscope character (the horse).
“Year of the Horse” stamps for 2014.
Every year I only win the postage stamps, if anything at all. Later today I’m going to check my postcards…hopefully I’ll have a first-place winner this year!
How about you? Did you win?
Here are the winning numbers for the 2013 New Years Postcard Lottery:
957503 – Prize: Computer, digital camera and printer – or – Digital TV
111316, 294651, or 346247 – Prize: Digital camera and digital picture frame – or – Humidifier – or – Bicycle
xx5635 – Prize: Regional food items
xxxx29, or xxxx70 – Prize: Postage stamps
Did you win anything?
In Japan, Xmas cards aren’t commonly exchanged — but 年賀状 (New Years postcards) are.
When I lived in America, everyone gave Xmas cards to friends and family. I had never heard of a New Years card until I came to Japan.
I have been sending and receiving New Years postcards every year since I came to Japan … but these days, more and more people in Japan … especially young people don’t bother to hand-write “real” paper New Years postcards — they just send ケータイ年賀状 (cellphone New Years postcards).
It’s not the same. I think people appreciate getting a hand-written card.
My kids love their cellphones … but they still write New Years postcards by hand, I’m happy to say.
How about you? Do you send hand-written Xmas or New Years cards?
None at all?
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)
★ Second Place (Wii, digital camera, DVD player, TV)
– 446722, or
★ 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.