Lotterywest marks 80 years in the community
- Over 80 years, Lotterywest has given $8b to winners and $4b to the community
- Only lottery in Australia to deliver proceeds directly back for community benefit
- Premier to launch a book highlighting the impact Lotterywest has had on the WA community
Lotterywest will this week celebrate 80 years serving the Western Australian community as the State’s official lottery.
Premier Colin Barnett said Lotterywest had shared almost $12billion - $8billion to winners and almost $4billion to community projects - since it was established in 1933.
Mr Barnett said Lotterywest was unique because it was the only lottery in Australia where proceeds were returned directly back to the community.
“We are extremely lucky in WA where the money raised from lottery products is distributed directly back to support the local community. Lotterywest is an organisation that truly belongs to the people of WA,” he said.
“It is one of the few lotteries in the world and the only one in this country where the proceeds raised are directed straight back into the community for the benefit of all of us.
“It’s not only about the money itself, it’s also about the strong leadership of Lotterywest which works in partnership with the organisations it supports.”
The Premier said WA’s public hospitals, sports and arts organisations and community groups had shared in almost $4billion raised by Lotterywest.
Mr Barnett said many local players had also had the thrill of winning a lottery prize, with WA players sharing $8billion.
“This milestone is also a chance to reflect on the dreams that many local players have made a reality from winning the lottery,” he said.
During an official event next Monday (June 17), the Premier will launch a book on Lotterywest called One Moment in Time.
The book grew from a study to evaluate the impact of Lotterywest on the Western Australian community and contains the stories of 80 different individuals and organisations which have been supported in some way by Lotterywest.
“This book is a tribute to the community sector and its work in making WA a better place for us all,” Mr Barnett said.
“It confirms the vision of the founders of Lotterywest back in the 1930s to create a lottery which would belong to the community and would use the funds they raised for the benefit of the community.”
The Premier also recognised both past and present Lotterywest board members, lottery retailers and staff for all their hard work over the years.
“I want to thank Lotterywest’s current chairman John Atkins and the board for their strong leadership, as well as Lotterywest CEO Jan Stewart and the staff for their valuable contribution,” he said.
“And, I particularly want to express my appreciation to the more than 500 small business operators, the Lotterywest retail network, who play a critical role selling Lotterywest games.”
For every dollar West Australians spend on their favourite Lotterywest games each week, 33 cents is returned to benefit the community
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