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Agency overview
Formed1932 as Lotteries Commission of Western Australia
JurisdictionGovernment of Western Australia
Agency executive
  • Ralph Addis, Chief Executive Officer

Lotterywest was established in 1932 as the Lotteries Commission of Western Australia, to run the lottery in Western Australia. It is referred to in the legislation as the Lotteries Commission. It distributes profits to a number of community beneficiaries, via both government departments and directly to not-for-profit organisations. It is a major supporter of the Perth Festival, with the film festival component of it known as Lotterywest Films.


After its establishment in 1932, the Lotteries Commission held its first lottery and made its first grants distribution in March 1933.[1]


Lotterywest is a statutory authority of the Government of Western Australia, under the Lotteries Commission Act 1990 (WA) and associated regulations.[2]

Lotterywest sells lottery tickets and "instant win" Scratch 'n’ Win tickets through a network of newsagents and other authorised retailers. It sells national lottery games including Saturday Lotto, Super66, Oz Lotto, Powerball, Monday and Wednesday lotto; it also administers the locally run Cash 3 game.[citation needed]


After some of the money wagered on Lotterywest's games is returned to players as prize money, and operating costs and retailer commission are covered, the balance of the money is returned to the Western Australian community.[3]

The state's hospitals and health services, the Department of Sport and Recreation and the Department of Culture and the Arts, and specifically the Perth Festival, are beneficiaries of Lotterywest funding as prescribed in the Lotteries Commission Act 1990.[2] As well as these beneficiaries, Lotterywest makes grants directly available to not-for-profit community groups and local government authorities for charitable and benevolent purposes. Lotterywest directly supports the Perth Festival, with the associated with the festival known as Lotterywest Films, as well as local screen funding body ScreenWest.[4][5]

Lotterywest provides funding following a formula prescribed in the Lotteries Commission Act 1990.[2] Of profits made (as of 2013), it specifies that 40% of should go to the Department of Health, 5% to the Sports Lottery Account and another 5% to the Arts Lottery Account. The Ministers responsible for each portfolio distributes the funds to various organisations. A further 12.5% is allocated to direct distribution by Lotterywest to eligible charitable and community organisations and local government authorities for charitable or benevolent purposes. An additional amount up to 5% is specified in the Act for the Perth Festival, awarded to the University of Western Australia, which runs the Festival, and for the support of the Western Australian film industry, which is given to ScreenWest.[3]

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  1. ^ Lotterywest. "LotterywestStatement of Corporate Intent(Annual Business Plan and Budget)2011/2012" (PDF). Retrieved 14 July 2020.
  2. ^ a b c "Lotteries Commission Act 1990". Western Australian Legislation. 31 July 1990. Retrieved 14 July 2020.
  3. ^ a b Lotterywest (2013). "Celebrating 80 years: Annual Report 2013" (PDF). Retrieved 14 July 2020.
  4. ^ "State Government's support of Screenwest tops $100 million". Lotterywest. 19 October 2017. Retrieved 14 July 2020.
  5. ^ Screenwest. "2003–2004 Annual Report" (PDF). Retrieved 14 July 2020.