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I won stamps…again

23 Jan

As I mentioned before on this blog (including this post), Japanese people send friends and family 年賀状 (New Years postcards) every year and each of these postcards has a unique six digit serial number on the back lower-right-hand corner.

This number is for the annual お年玉 (Japan Postal New Years lottery drawing).

Every year in late January, the post office announces seven sets of winning numbers.

This year’s winning numbers were announced today.

They are:

First Place (with a 1 in one-million chance of winning) postcards with the number 651694.
People who have a card with this number can choose a prize of either a digital TV,

a trip to Hawaii or any domestic (Japan) location,
a set of office supplies,
a laptop computer / digital camera / digital printer combo,


or a bicycle

Second Place (with a 3 in one-million chance of winning) has winning numbers of either: 403580, 228949, or 022471.
These prizes are a choice of a wii Game set,
a digital camera and digital frame set,
a humidifier,
a domestic trip (with hotel, dinner, and lunch), or
a coffee maker.

Third Place (1 in 10,000 chance) are cards with the last four digits of 8363.
The prize is a choice from a large variety of foods.

Fourth Place (2 in 100 chance) are cards with the last two digits of either 69 or 02.
The prize is two Japanese postage stamps with pictures of a rabbit (2011 is “The Year of the Rabbit”).

Last year (2010), I had a post card with the winning number for a set of two stamps with pictures of a tiger (2010 was “the Year of the Tiger”)…and this year I have two postcards with winning numbers for stamps again.

Maybe one year we’ll win one of the big prizes.

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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.

New Year Postal Lottery

27 Jan

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.)
    • 345898
  • Second Prize (温泉 (Hot Springs) trip, Coffee maker, Digital camera, etc)
    • 663829
    • 908796
    • 028962
  • Third Prize (Hotel stay, Coffee cake, etc)
    (Only the last four digits need to match):

    • 〇〇5070
  • Fourth Prize (Sheet of postage stamps)
    (Only the last two digits need to match):

    • 〇〇〇〇94
    • 〇〇〇〇46
  • “C group” (Panasonic garbage recycler, Bridgestone bicycle, Coleman camping set)
    • 882347
    • 223109

Did you win?

(BTW, Click here to visit the Japan Post page (in Japanese) that I found the winning numbers and prizes listed)