Spotlight on local: Bushfires and pandemic no match for community spirit
From King Island in the middle of the Bass Strait to Alice Springs in central Australia, and as far north as Cooktown and Thursday Island — there are over 3800 local retailers across the Lott’s network.
These small businesses are at the heart of our communities. Not only do they deliver fun and optimism by bringing you the games you love, but their work also helps us to continue our proud tradition of giving back.
From our $500,000 donation to the drought appeal and helping flood-affected communities, to holding the Bushfire Benefit draw to donate $1.8 million to bushfire relief, the Lott has helped support important rebuilding and recovery efforts.
In April, we donated $1 million to The University of Queensland’s School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences, which is one of the world-leading research institutions developing a vaccine for COVID-19. The donation from Golden Casket, part of the Lott, was funded from unclaimed prize money and is helping to accelerate the vaccine’s development.
These donations are made possible through our vast and vibrant network of retailers. Additionally, many of our retailers support their local communities through initiatives of their own.
For almost a decade, Blackheath Newsagency owners Doug and Janette Forsyth have been ensuring local residents get the services and support they 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 a few other businesses in the area, who 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.
Heading in-store? The majority of our outlets remain open for business and all are strictly implementing their state government’s latest social distancing and hygiene requirements to protect their customers and team members. If it is safe for you to do so, you can visit your local store to play your favourite games.You can also play online or via the official Lott app. We’ll continue to inspire dreams, deliver wins, and bring you the games you love.
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