Even the discussion of a possible sale of Lotterywest that we have seen recently is disruptive to newsagency businesses and their plans – as we saw was the case in the lead up to state owned lottery enterprises elsewhere in Australia.
While WA Today reported on this prior to Christmas, it really only reached the radar of newsagents over the last couple of days thanks to Twitter.
I expect there will be considerable lobbing from newsagents, community groups and others calling for the government to retain ownership of Lotterywest for the benefit of the community. You only have to look at Lotterywest’s approved grants page to see the valuable community connection. I’d be surprised to see this continue under private ownership.