Where the money goes

In 2015/16 Lotterywest’s customers bought lottery products totalling $889.5 million.


So how is this money used?
Almost 60% of sales from our products goes in prizes to our players. In 2015/16 Western Australians won prizes totalling $600.1 million, including 99 lucky players who won a Division 1 Lotto prize. For some of the stories behind the big wins check out our winners stories in the winning experience.

Lotterywest’s operating costs account for around 7% of our revenue. Another 8% is paid in commission, which is added to the price of the tickets, and subsequently to the Lotterywest retailers who sell our games.

As a Western Australian Government Statutory Authority, this means that apart from the prizes to our players, our operating costs and the commission paid to retailers, the balance of the money spent on Lotterywest games is returned to the Western Australian community. Public hospitals and the State’s health services, sporting organisations, arts and cultural groups and thousands of not-for-profit organisations and local government authorities are all winners from our lottery. This amounts to approximately a third of every dollar spent on lottery products being returned to West Australians. For some of the stories behind our grants read our grant stories in the winning experience.

View our latest annual report for full details of Lotterywest’s current income and expenditure and grant beneficiaries.

Where the money goes

How you're helping to care for our country
Grant stories

How you're helping to care for our country

“It’s our job to look after the environment, both sea and land…on behalf of elders and traditional owners.”

$882 million was returned to WA last year
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$882 million was returned to WA last year

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