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Golden Casket Lottery Corporation
Address: 87 Ipswich Road, Woolloongabba, Queensland 4101 Australia.
Postal Address: Locked Bag 7 Coorparoo DC Queensland QLO-4151 Australia
Internet: http://www.goldencasket.com
Phone: 61 7 3877-1000
Fax: 61 7 3877-1104
E-mail: gcweb@gcau.com.au
Population: 3.1 million
Lottery Director: William Thorburn
Year Lottery Founded: 1916
Sales FY 1997
Sales FY 1998
Sales FY 1999
Sales FY 2001
Sales FY 2002
Sales FY 2003
Sales FY 2004
Sales FY 2005
Sales FY 2006
A$621.2m
A$680.3m
A$711.4m
A$721.0m
A$728.2m
A$772.2m
A$788.1m
A$813.2m
A$838 m
Prize Return: A minimum of 60%
On-line Vendor: EssNet AB
Instant Ticket Vendor: Oberthur Gaming Technology
Games Offered: Gold Lotto, Oz Lotto, Powerball, Instant Scratch-Its, The Pools and Casket
Beneficiaries: The Queensland Treasury for use in a wide range of Government initiatives for the Queensland community.
Jurisdiction: The state of Queensland Commonwealth of Australia


Background Information

The Golden Casket Lottery Corp. is Australia's second oldest lottery (established in 1916 to raise funds to house World 1 veterans). It has been operating in Queensland for the last 75 years providing entertaining games of chance to millions of Queenslanders.
The Corporation markets the well-known brands of Gold Lotto, Oz Lotto, Powerball, Instant Scratch-Its, The Pools and Casket.
The organisation is a commercially-focussed and marketing-driven Corporation which is one of the most successful businesses in Queensland. Golden Casket has completed the corporatisation process which has positioned it well for the competitive challenges of the future.
A Government-owned Corporation, Golden Casket has an annual turnover of almost $650 million and returns almost $200 million to the Queensland Government. These funds are used to support a variety of community projects which benefit the people of this state.
The Queensland Golden Casket draw lottery originated in 1916 and was administered by the Entertainments Committee of the Queensland Patriotic Fund. This committee was responsible for conducting six draws of the lottery up until 1920 when the State Government of the day assumed control of the art union. Queensland's Golden Casket has the distinction of being the first lottery in Australia to be entirely administered and controlled by a government.
Initially, cash prizes were not permitted by law. Consequently, caskets containing gold were offered as prizes. These were immediately bought back from winners for the cash value of the prize. The word "casket" (being a small box of fine workmanship for jewellery and precious items) was thus enshrined in the name of the Queensland lottery office.



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