Press release | Dec. 13, 2019

Global Witness celebrates the news that players of People’s Postcode Lottery have now raised more than half a billion pounds for good causes

Here at Global Witness, we work hard to protect human rights and the environment by fearlessly confronting corruption and challenging the systems that enable it. 

We want a better world - where corruption is challenged and accountability prevails, all can thrive within the planet’s boundaries, and governments act in the public interest.

At the centre of our work on forests and land, we look to expose how forest destruction is financed – and to shine a light on the agricultural commodities driving this damage.

The funding raised by players of People’s Postcode Lottery helps us continue to investigate how and why destructive deforestation occurs, to work on policy recommendations to change those patterns, and to take them to governments, investors and companies and urge them to act now to help halt the climate crisis.

Eleanor Nichol, Co-Leader of Global Witness’ Forests & Land Campaign said:

“Our investigations over the years have consistently shown the toxic legacy of industrial forest clearance:  ecosystems and communities are torn apart, traditional forest livelihoods vanish, and some countries’ natural wealth is annexed to international investors and a corrupt elite.

“Having the support of the players of People’s Postcode Lottery to tackle this is so important for our investigations – and for the future of our planet.” 

Clara Govier, Managing Director at People’s Postcode Lottery, said:

“This is a vitally important milestone for charities across Britain and beyond.

“By raising more than £500 million for good causes like Global Witness, our players are making a real difference. This simply couldn’t have been achieved without them.

“So, my message to those millions of players is simple – a heartfelt thank you. People’s Postcode Lottery was created to raise funds for charities and good causes and we’ll continue to work tirelessly to do exactly that.”

With a minimum of 32% of every ticket going to charities and good causes, players have supported more than 7,500 good causes, big and small, making a difference at both a global and local level.

To learn more about the impact that player funding has had on good causes across Great Britain and internationally visit



Notes to editor:

  • People’s Postcode Lottery manages multiple society lotteries promoted by different charities and good causes. People play with their chosen postcodes for a chance to win cash prizes. A minimum of 32% from each subscription goes directly to charities and good causes across Great Britain and internationally - players have raised £500 million so far. For details of the charities and good causes which are promoting and benefitting from the lottery draws, please visit
  • It costs £10 a month to play and winning postcodes are announced every day. The maximum amount a single ticket can win is 10% of the draw proceed. For details, please visit
  • New players can sign up to pay using direct debit by calling 0808 10 9 8 7 6 5. New players who sign up online at can pay using direct debit, debit card or PayPal.
  • Postcode Lottery Limited is regulated by the Gambling Commission under licence numbers: 000-000829-N-102511 and 000-000829-R-102513. Registered office: Titchfield House, 69/85 Tabernacle Street, London, EC2A 4BD
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