Published: September 24, 2023

Lotterywest marks 90 years of supporting Western Australia

CLICK HERE TO WATCH Lotterywest 90th Anniversary Video The Premier today officially recognised Lotterywest's 90-year anniversary.

  • Lotterywest celebrates 90 years of raising money for the WA community in grants and prizes
  • WA players have shared in more than $11 billion in prizes
  • More than $6.3 billion has supported WA organisations

The Premier today officially recognised Lotterywest's 90-year anniversary.

The State's lottery has distributed a collective $17.3 billion in prizes and grants to the Western Australian community since its first draw in 1933.

Lotterywest remains the only Government-owned and operated lottery in the country, and one of the few in the world, where all available profits go directly back to the community through grants.

The first Lotterywest draw was held at a gathering at Perth Town Hall in 1933. Ticket butts with corresponding numbers were placed into a barrel that saw around 350 marbles drawn for a share in £3,000.

Thanks to this draw, Lotterywest was able to support recipients like St John Ambulance, Silverchain, and RSPCA, with these community groups still benefitting from grants today.

Over the past 90 years, more than $11 billion in prizes and $6.3 billion in community grants have been raised from Lotterywest games for the people of WA.

Last financial year also saw Lotterywest deliver its third consecutive year of record-breaking returns to the WA community, with $1.05 billion provided in grants and lottery prizes.

Comments attributed to Premier Roger Cook:

"Lotterywest belongs to the WA community, be it in the form of our 486 retailers across WA, our prize winners, or our grant recipients.

"It is fitting in Lotterywest's 90th year, we are celebrating a record return of grants and prizes to the WA community.

"To the Lotterywest staff, retailers, grant partners and players - thank you for the part you play, and the valuable contribution you make to Lotterywest."

Celebrating 90 years and millions of wins

This year, we’re celebrating our story. A story that we began writing over 90 years ago with a single theme in mind: to change the lives of people and communities across WA through the Lotto and grant making.

Since 1933, Lotterywest has played a pivotal role in our community, proudly supporting a significant number of health, arts, sports, and community organisations across the state, and we have the WA community to thank for making it all possible.

We continue to be the only Government owned and operated lottery in Australia where all available profits are returned directly to the community in the form of grants, and we’ll continue to support our state, and the people within it turn their dreams into reality.

Learn more about our story by watching the video – and check out our historical timeline for some interesting facts.



The Lotteries Act was established, our first draw was held at Perth Hall  and we started supporting WA through grants.

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We had 800 agents selling Lotto across WA and our grants diversified.

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1950s and 1960s

In our 21 years to 1954, is estimated that around £4,000,000 was distributed throughout WA.

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Manual draws were replaced with computerized random number generator,  we had our first million-dollar lottery and lots more!

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1980s and 1990s

We celebrated our $1 billionth dollar going to the WA community, opened our 8th Lotteries House  in WA and crowned our 78th Division 1 winner.

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We relaunched with the name ‘Lotterywest’ in 2004 and a number of games became available  to WA players.

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