A lott to go around: Community connection at the heart of The Lott


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Doug and Janette Forsyth – Owners, Blackheath Newsagency

For over a century, The Lott has been committed to giving back to its community by supporting important health initiatives and infrastructure, education programs and disaster relief.

This commitment is something that each of our 3,800 local retailers are proud to support. Thanks to our players, and our retail network, there is a lott to go around, with The Lott delivering over $1.4 billion* to important community initiatives in 2020.


Health and medical research

It is no surprise that health and medical research was a priority for The Lott in 2020. From finding new ways to beat cancer to tackling COVID-19, Australia’s official lotteries supported world-leading research throughout the year.

With the COVID-19 pandemic a focus of the nation, The Lott was proud to donate $1 million from Golden Casket unclaimed prize money to the University of Queensland to help accelerate Australian research into a Coronavirus vaccine. A contribution of $500,000 was also made to the Mater Foundation to understand the impacts of COVID-19 on expectant parents and their unborn babies. These programs put a spotlight on the virus with the aim to reduce its impact on our community.

The Lott also made major contributions to hard-working health services battling childhood cancer, including The Zero Childhood Cancer program, The Children’s Brain Cancer Centre and the Childhood Cancer Association. These programs provide unwavering support to families battling cancer, provide vital medical equipment, develop new treatments for childhood cancer, and conduct world-first research.



Education across the country looked a lot different this year, and it was no different for The Lott’s community partners. However, that didn’t stop the Daniel Morcombe Foundation from adapting its programs to a digital format so it could continue to educate Aussie kids and families on personal safety.

Better yet, it helped them achieve record-breaking engagement with more than 4,800 schools and early learning centres registering for Day for Daniel, with over 1.5 million people participating. The Lott was proud to continue our support of the Daniel Morcombe Foundation with a $300,000 donation from Golden Casket unclaimed prize money to assist its work educating Australian children.


Disaster relief

The Black Summer Bushfires of early 2020 is something that every Australian will never forget.

Thanks to our customers and retailers, The Lott donated over $1.8 million in proceeds from the Saturday Lotto Bushfire Benefit draw in January to eight state and national organisations supporting relief and recovery efforts.

Blackheath Newsagency owners Doug and Janette Forsyth are among the many franchisees at The Lott who ensure local residents get the services and support they need during their time of need.

“We’ve owned the Blackheath Newsagency for eight years now, and throughout that time we’ve always been involved in the local community by sponsoring local sporting teams and things like that,” Janette explained.

“Blackheath is a town at the top of the Blue Mountains with about 5,000 people in the area. We have been impacted by both the bushfires at the beginning of the year and the COVID-19 pandemic.

“It’s been a tough time for the whole community.

“Throughout the bushfires, we did our best to stay open for as long as we could so we could provide essential services to our customers, such as phone recharges and access to news.

“At one point the fires were only a kilometre away, so we did have to evacuate, but as soon as we could, we opened so we could help our customers.

“Then COVID hit, and we had to do what we could to help our customers again, especially the elderly and at-risk who needed these services. We decided to provide home delivery to ensure that they had what they need.

“We wanted our community to know that we are here for them all the time. We’re open seven days a week, and here to help if they need it. Along with other businesses in the area that went above and beyond to help, we’ve become a go-to for the people who need us.”

Through Golden Casket, SA Lotteries, NSW Lotteries, and Tatts— Australia’s Official Lotteries reach across the country. The Lott is committed to giving back to the communities in which it operates and can’t wait to deliver many more wins to our communities in the years to come.


*State Lottery Taxes FY20 Australia-wide (ex.WA)