Lotto luck for re­tail­ers

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - STREET WATCH -

MEM­BERS of the Aus­tralian Lot­tery and Newsagents’ As­so­ci­a­tion (ALNA) be­lieve Premier Mark McGowan has re­solved is­sues with Lot­tery­west’s con­tro­ver­sial Re­tail Trans­for­ma­tion Pro­gram (RTP) and dis­tri­bu­tion plan.

Mr McGowan said he had spo­ken to many newsagency own­ers about their griev­ances while cam­paign­ing at shop­ping cen­tres for the State Elec­tion.

Once elected, Mr McGowan or­dered a full re­view of RTP.

He sus­pended the ex­pan­sion of Lot­tery­west out­lets and said need would have to be demon­strated be­fore new out­lets were con­sid­ered.

Mr McGowan said newsagency own­ers would be re­im­bursed their an­cil­lary costs and he changed the sig­nage strat­egy so jack­pot signs could be dis­played.

He said Rac­ing and Gam­ing was look­ing into leg­isla­tive blocks to on­line threats to newsagen­cies, such as Lot­toland.

ALNA mem­bers claimed some quotes for shop fits had blown out more than $100,000 and more than 100 more out­lets could have opened across the state.

Su­bi­aco Square Newsagency Owner Dean Scott said the RTP and dis­tri­bu­tion plan would have caused the demise of his busi­ness.

“While one depart­ment of Lot­tery­west was telling me to spend $35,000 to $40,000 on a re­fit, an­other depart­ment was sign­ing off on open­ing a new out­let 100m from my shop, which ac­cord­ing to Lot­tery­west would see me lose 1`5 per cent of my Lotto d472192 THEY call it Lotto luck, but win­ning it big in Lotto may not be about luck at all. The luck­i­est Lotto kiosk in WA has re­vealed its se­cret. Here’s Luck Lot­tery Cen­tre in Cloverdale has sold the most Di­vi­sion One win­ning tick­ets.

Owner Raj Sel­ven­dra said in the past 15 years it had sold 26 Di­vi­sion One win­ning tick­ets, in­clud­ing four last year.

“We’ve been num­ber one be­cause we have good feng shui. I have a feng shui master come from Hong Kong every year,” he said.

“He marks out where ev­ery­thing should be. He looks at the ar­chi­tec­ture. Feng shui is about con­flu­ence - the wind and wa­ter. “We have the high­est turnover in Aus­tralia. “In Lotto sales, while the rest of WA is down 7 per cent, we are up by 6 per cent.”

The sec­ond luck­i­est kiosk was Nex­tra Fo­rum West Newsagency in Man­durah. sales,” Mr Scott said.

Former Perth Zoo chief ex­ec­u­tive Su­san Hunt was ap­pointed as the new head of gov­ern­ment-owned Lot­tery­west.

“I know there has been a lot of bad blood,” Ms Hunt said.

“But I hope we can work though this in a re­cip­ro­cal and col­lab­o­ra­tive way.”

Ms Hunt said her aim was to mend the volatile re­la­tion­ship be­tween Lot­tery­west and ALNA mem­bers.

“Lot­toland is the real threat and we need to work to­gether,” she said.

Pic­ture: Jon Hew­son

Premier Mark McGowan.

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