Submitted by jays on 28 January 2014 - 3:05pm

Ellen Marshall, who lived at number 62 Gloucester Street, The Rocks, Sydney, bought this lottery ticket one afternoon in the mid-1960s on her way home from work as a machinist in a clothing factory in Surry Hills. By that time the NSW State Lottery had been running for over 30 years, originally introduced by the Labor Government under Premier Jack Lang to raise much-needed revenue to fund the State’s hospitals during the years of the Great Depression. Despite strong objections from many Church and community leaders the first State Lottery was drawn on 20 August 1931. 100,000 people had purchased tickets at a cost of five shillings and threepence each.  In front of a large crowd at Her Majesty’s Theatre the winning numbers were drawn out of a specially constructed wooden barrel made from Queensland maple. First prize of 5000 pounds was won by a grandmother and granddaughter syndicate called ‘Young and Old’. There were also special lotteries such as the Opera House Lottery introduced in November 1957 to help fund the construction of the Sydney Opera House. In 2010 the Tatts Group acquired a 40 year exclusive operating licence for NSW Lotteries.

Photograph: Jamie North, 2013
Ticket for the NSW State Lottery, 1960s-1970s. Verso of a ticket for the NSW State Lottery, 1960s-1970s. Ticket for the NSW State Lottery, 1960s-1970s.
Susannah Place