History of Australian Lottery

History of Australian Lottery

Australian lottery has been around for quite some time now with different states all introducing different lotteries at different times, more often than not one state would set a precedent and other states would follow suit.

The very first Australian lottery was commenced in Sydney in the 1880’s and were run as privately operated sweepstakes. Prohibition eventually forced these lottery sweepstakes to move their base to Queensland followed by Tasmania and then into Victoria. These lotteries continue to this day to be just as successful as they ever have been.

Other lottery games in Australia have been operated by the government with one known as the Golden Casket Art Union introduced in 1916 with proceeds going to community development and other charitable purposes. This lottery was very successful and formed the base model for other state run lottery games that were designed in future years.

Other types of lottery include privately owned soccer pools which were loosely based on the UK version of the lottery game. These games were introduced in the 1970’s. In 1981 prize pools from the Victorian, Tasmanian, the ACT, Northern Territory, South Australian and Western Australian lotteries were combined and Queensland continued to run it’s own lottery. An agreement was made in 1993 with NSW lotto which resulted in the creation of a national lottery network.