Link to a year: 1916
The first Golden Casket draw lottery is conceived by the Entertainment Committee of the Queensland Patriotic Fund to raise funds for veterans of World War One. The funds helped to build ‘Anzac Cottages’ for widows and children.
The historic drawing of the first Casket is conducted on 14 June at the Brisbane Stadium (was Festival Hall).
The Casket is drawn using a hand-cranked wooden barrel containing wooden marbles numbered 1 to 100,000.
The first prize is a casket of gold to the value of £5,000 (the equivalent of 30 years' salary), since cash prizes are not permitted by law. This casket is immediately bought back by Golden Casket from winners for the cash value of the prize.
The winning five shilling ticket is held by John (Jack) Zimmerle from Kingston, whose brother is serving with the AIF in France. His winning ticket, number 77,603, was bought for him by his parents. Jack is just 17 years old, so his parents are required to formally request that his prize money be held in trust until Jack turns 21.
The Queensland Government takes over running Golden Casket, and within one year the profits of Golden Casket are raising two per cent of the Queensland Government’s total budget.
After a thwarted attempt by a young boy to draw a number which had previously been concealed at the last draw, it is determined that a more secure method of drawing is needed. A bronze and steel gear-operated machine invented by Brisbane engineer John Lund is put into operation.
The Royal Women’s Hospital in Brisbane is built and equipped entirely with funds raised by Golden Casket.
The Australian soccer pools game, based on the long-running British soccer pools system first operated in Victoria, is introduced to Queensland as The Pools.
Procedures to draw the Casket see another dramatic change when an ALPS (Automatic Lottery Prize Selection) drawing system is introduced, using a computerised random number generator to draw the numbers. This system is designed in such a way as to produce unbiased random numbers and to prevent attempts at ‘fixing’ the results.
Queenslanders are introduced to an exciting new lottery game which will become Queensland’s most-loved game – Gold Lotto. On Saturday 11 July, hundreds of thousands of people tune into their televisions to watch the first Gold Lotto draw live from Melbourne that includes Queensland entries in the draw.
A new scratch game concept, Instant Casket, goes on sale in Queensland. The instant money game is a hit. The first game series is called Treasure Chest with tickets selling for $1 each. The highest scratch prize is $10,000 and all winning tickets go into a draw for $50,000.
In the same year, Gold Lotto’s huge popularity leads to the launch of the midweek Gold Lotto game.
Gold Lotto holds its first Superdraw in July. The division one prize pool is approximately $5 million.
Super 66, an add-on game for Gold Lotto, is launched.
When purchasing an Instant Casket ticket, customers began asking for “scratch its”. The name is officially changed to Instant Scratch-Its.
Gold Lotto goes ‘on-line’ in December. The new computerised system enables customers to buy their Gold Lotto entries almost right up to the draw. Customers can also record their details and favourite numbers to a player registration card (known as a Winners Circle card today), and buy QuickPicks for the first time.
After the introduction of Gold Lotto ‘on-line’, Casket and The Pools follow in quick succession.
Since 1992, Golden Casket has been putting especially big smiles on the faces of Queensland kids thanks to an annual $1.5 million donation from proceeds going to the Royal Children’s Hospital Foundation, The Mater Foundation and Queensland Health.
Wednesday Gold Lotto moves to Thursday nights to take advantage of Thursday late night shopping, and to make way for a new game on Tuesday nights.
Australia’s first national game, Oz Lotto, is launched by the Australian Lotto Bloc. The multi-million dollar jackpotting game has a six from 45 numbers structure and six prize divisions. The first draw is televised live nationally on Tuesday 22 February.
Following the success of Oz Lotto, the Australian Lotto Bloc launches a second national jackpotting game, Powerball.
Thursday Gold Lotto relaunches under a new game structure as a Queensland-only game on Wednesday.
Oz Lotto restructures from six from 45 numbers to seven from 45 numbers with seven prize divisions and more prizes.
On 29 June Golden Casket Lottery Corporation becomes a wholly owned subsidiary of Tatts Group.
A sixth division is added to Saturday Gold Lotto, which more than doubles the total prizes.
Oz 7 Lotto reverts back to Oz Lotto.
Golden Casket joins the other states for midweek lotto draws. Wednesday Gold Lotto converts to the new game with a larger prize pool, and a Monday Gold Lotto draw is launched.
Golden Casket’s first game Casket is drawn for the final time.
The Gold Lotto City Hall Light Spectacular is held in Brisbane for the first time. The event is part of Brisbane’s Christmas festival, and includes a 3D animated light show on Brisbane City Hall’s façade.
In March 2015, Golden Casket launches Lucky Lotteries, a jackpotting draw lottery game with a set number of tickets per draw, like a raffle. Lucky Lotteries was Australia’s first lottery game, first drawn in New South Wales in 1931. There are two Lucky Lotteries games – the Super Jackpot and the Mega Jackpot – with each draw guaranteeing more than 10,000 winners.
Later this year the Australian Lotto Bloc launches the first national game since 1996, Set for Life. Set for Life is a unique eight from 37 numbers game with draws conducted every day of the year and a 1st Prize of $20,000 every month for 20 years. The first draw is held on Friday 7 August, and the first winning entry is drawn two days later on Sunday 9 August.
As part of Tatts Group, Golden Casket continues operating lottery games throughout Queensland, turning dreams into reality for hundreds of players each year.