Western Australia Premier Colin Barnett
Lotterywest Delivers Record Return To WA Community
Victor P Taffa
The Lotterywest 2009-10 Annual Report highlights 1,148 different community and charitable organisations across the State that benefited from direct grants totalling $113 Million.
In the 2009-10 financial year Lotterywest raised, in total, $234.8 Million which went to support hospitals, sports, the arts, as well as community and charitable organisations.
Tabling the report in State Parliament today, Premier Colin Barnett commended the amount returned to the Western Australian community.
“Lotterywest is the envy of many lotteries around the world, for its direct relationship with thousands of not-for-profit organisations throughout the State.” Premier Barnett said.
“Grants made by Lotterywest make a profound difference to the lives of all West Australians.”
“From the St. John’s Ambulance Service to the surf lifesavers on our beaches; from providing funds for medical research to supporting organisations such as St. Bartholomew’s to assist homeless people rebuild their lives Lotterywest Grants make the Western Australian community the ultimate winner from our State lottery.”
Lotterywest is the only lottery in Australia with a Direct Grants Program.
From every dollar West Australians spend on their favourite Lotterywest games each week, 33 cents is returned to benefit the community. Many local players also had the thrill of winning the big prize, with 69 State players winning Division One prizes last financial year totalling $102.5 Million.
“I am grateful for the work of the Lotterywest board and staff in this past year.” the Premier said.
“I particularly express my appreciation to the more than 500 small businesses around Western Australia whose operators provide the friendly public face of Lotterywest, providing excellent service to customers purchasing their favourite Lotterywest games.”