Lotto luck for retailers
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 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.
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
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.
Premier Mark McGowan.