The Londoner behind the Free Postcode Lottery said winning small amounts of cash has helped change people's lives in ways he 'didn't expect'.
Founder Chris Holbrook said he came up with the idea for the lottery, which is free to enter with an email address and postcode, after chatting with friends at the pub.
The freelance web developer said he mates enjoyed winning small amounts of money in traditional lotteries despite spending more than the prize money to win.
Prize money, which can reach up to £400, is funded from adverts on the Free Postcode Lottery website, making it free to enter.
Chris said he was ‘surprised’ it caught on and three years after starting, thousands of people are entering every day.
“One of the things I wasn’t prepared for was that people actually really appreciate getting something for nothing,” he said.
“One comment from a woman who won £20, she said she hadn’t left the house for a while because she was depressed, her husband had died.
“She said this completely cheered her up. It brightened up her day and made a difference to her.”
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