Lotterywest’s raises record $274.5million for WA community
Posted on 01 July 2013
 
 

Government of Western Australia
Department of the Premier and Cabinet

 
Hon Colin Barnet MLA
Premier

 1/7/13    

 MEDIA STATEMENT

Lotterywest’s raises record $274.5million for WA community

  • Lotterywest has achieved record sales of $820.9million in 2012-13
  • $274.8million has been raised for the Western Australian community
  • Lotterywest delivered $460 million worth of prizes to winners

Lotterywest has marked its 80th anniversary by breaking records to achieve $820.9million in sales, raising $274.8million to support the Western Australian community in the 2012-13 financial year.

Premier Colin Barnett said Lotterywest direct grants totalling $123.3million were given to 1,299 community and charitable organisations, while a further $151.2million went to hospitals, sports and recreation and the arts.

Mr Barnett said the grants ranged from $1,000 for equipment to small local groups to $5million delivered to counselling support services organisation, Centrecare, for new premises in Midland.

“Western Australia is extremely fortunate to have the only lottery in Australia - and one of the few in the world - where the proceeds raised are directly contributed to making a difference in the community,” Mr Barnett said.

“For every dollar West Australians spend on their favourite Lotterywest games each week, 33 cents is returned to benefit the community.

“In total, Lotterywest has given $8billion to winners and $4billion to the community over its 80-year history.”

Mr Barnett said Lotterywest had also delivered local players $460million worth of prize money in 2012-13. This included 71 players who made the State’s exclusive Division One winners list.

The Premier said he had seen first-hand some of the impressive work by local community groups supported by Lotterywest grants.

“Some of these groups such as Parkerville Children and Youth Care, RSPCA, St John Ambulance Service and Ngala were on the very first grants recipients list in 1933 and still receive Lotterywest support today,” Mr Barnett said.

“Parkerville Children Youth Care has received more than $3million in Lotterywest grants, which includes support for their George Jones Advocacy Centre. This centre strives to protect, care and advocate for the most vulnerable and abused children and youth in our community.”

Mr Barnett paid tribute to the Lotterywest Board and staff for their work over the past year and acknowledged the efforts of the Lotterywest retail network.

“I particularly want to thank the 550 small business operators who play the vital role in selling lottery games. They provide excellent service to customers purchasing their favourite lottery games and play a significant role in raising the much needed funds for the community.”

Fact File
  • WA hospitals have received $121million, while sports and recreation and the arts each received $15.1 million
  • For a full list of grants recommended by the Lotterywest board and approved by the Premier visit https://www.lotterywest.wa.gov.au

 Media contact: Rachel Donkin - 6552 5200 or 0417 588 119

 



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