I had almost forgotten about the annual 年賀状お年玉 (New Years Postcard Lottery).
(Click here to read an earlier post I’ve written about it).
What reminded me of it was the fact that today is 「旧正月」 (Chinese New Years).
On January 19th, 2015, the winning numbers were announced.
Check your postcards, if you have a winning number, you have until July 21st (2015) to bring winning cards to a post office (in Japan) to claim your prize.
The winning numbers and prizes for this year are:
||Number of winners
|1st（last five digits）
||1 in 100,000
|2nd（last four digits）
||Various local goods
||1 in 10,000
|3rd（last two digits）
||Commemorative postage stamps
||2 in 100 (1 in 50)
||27 or 30
Click here to visit the Japan Post “New Years Postcard Lottery” page (in Japanese).
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?
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.
As I mentioned in a post last January, 年賀状 (New Years Postcards) are very popular in Japan.
These postcards have a six-digit number printed on the back in the lower right-hand corner, and every January the Japanese post office draws random numbers for a Postcard lottery in which people with postcards that have a winning number receive a prize.
Click here to read that post.
Well, Japan also has a tradition of sending postcards to friends and family in the summer. This tradition isn’t practiced anywhere near to the extent that the New Years postcards are…but there’s also a Post Office Lottery for these cards as well.
Here are the winning numbers for the Japanese Post Card lottery for Summer 2009:
For the “A” Prize (¥200,000):
For “B” Prize (a sheet of postage stamps):
▲ any number with the last three digits 352
The last prize (¥10,000):
▲ any number with the last four digits 4452
Did you receive any Summer Postcards this year?
Do any have a winning lottery number on them?
None of the postcards we received this summer won.