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More colourful maps!

by Chris | Member submission, Statistics

A few weeks ago PMP super-boffin-and-comment-addict Dave Moore produced a map of the UK plotting wins on PMP since we launched in 2011. It showed that if you feel aggrieved about not winning, you’re probably a sheep. Now, he’s created these two lovely maps to demonstrate the correlation between registered postcodes and wins, hopefully putting the conspiracy theories to bed for good. Let’s see….

Pick My Postcode Lottery Winners compared to registered postcodes

The left hand map plots winning postcodes in purple, and non-winning postcodes in grey. White patches are where there are no registrations at all (and most probably uninhabited by people). The bits that seem greyer than purple, are lightly populated so are we can make out the gaps between the wins.

The right hand map plots every postcode entered since we launched. As an added bit of detail the regions are given a colour based on how much of the total amount of PMP members they account for. So, the South East and North West both take up about 14% each. The channel islands account for less than 1%. As you’d expect, of course.

What’s the point of all of this? It shows that selecting winners at random using a computer from a highly representative UK population is fair. Where there are more people, there are more PMPers, and where there are more PMPers there are more winners. If you think you’ve spotted an exception, you can investigate for yourself here.

Thanks again to Dave for your tinkering.

Chris & Team 🙂