The Workers Lottery
The Workers Lottery is run on behalf of UnionsACT, the peak body representing unions in the Canberra Region.
UnionsACT recognised the need to tackle the worsening wage-theft crisis, and support young workers who have their wages stolen by their boss. The Workers Lottery was created to provide a secure funding source for UnionsACT’s Young Workers Centre.
The Young Workers Centre is an initiative of UnionsACT that provides information, support and assistance to young workers facing issues at work. It also runs campaigns to stop wage-theft from taking place.
The Wage-theft Crisis
More than half of young workers have their wages stolen each year, and workers aged under 25 are twice as likely to have their wages stolen compared to older workers.
Young workers are also more vulnerable when it comes to bullying, harassment and discrimination, and are twice as likely than older workers to be seriously injured at work.
Despite over half of young workers experiencing wage-theft, only 25% reported trying to recover their stolen wages with the most common reason for not doing so being fear of losing their job. Most young workers are casually employed, and insecure employment worsens the vulnerability of young workers to unscrupulous employers.
Young Workers Centre
The Young Workers Centre was launched in July 2019 to provide support and assistance to young workers facing wage-theft and exploitation.
When you buy a ticket, 50% goes directly to support the Young Workers Centre. 27% of the ticket price goes to the prizes.
How it works
The Workers Lottery is our very own lottery and a force for good.
All profits go to the Young Workers Centre. So every time you play, the Young Workers Centre wins too.
What you can win
The prizes are determined by the number of ticket sales. If we hit our target number for the raffle, first prize is $3700 in cash.
Frequently Asked Questions
Lottery No. 6
How many tickets will be sold?
There are a maximum of 4000 tickets to be sold. With 22 prizes to win, there’s a great chance of winning.
Are tickets tax deductible?
No. Tickets purchased are not tax deductible.
When will the draw take place?
The draw for Lottery No. 6 will take place at 11am on 2 March 2020, at 11 London Circuit, Canberra. Winners will be advised by phone call and email.
How are the ticket proceeds used?
The proceeds of each lottery go towards the Young Workers Centre’s activities and campaigns. This includes education and outreach to young workers, providing direct support and information, and running campaigns to tackle wage-theft.
A minimum of 50% of the ticket price goes directly to the Young Workers Centre. 27% comprises the prize-pool. The remainder goes towards running the lottery.
What is the ticket sales target?
Our target for Lottery 6 is to raise at least $20,000. A minimum of half of the target will go to the Young Workers Centre. Then 27% will go towards the prize pool. The remainder goes towards running the lottery.
What’s the fine print?
Here’s the “fine print”: the prizes available are a percentage of the prize pool (27% to be precise).
Our target is to sell 4000 tickets, which means we hope to raise $20,000.
If we do, then the total prize pool is $5,000.
If we sell fewer than 4000 tickets, it could mean the prize pool is lower. If this happened, the value of the prizes decreases.
What are the prizes?
There are 22 prizes
Lotteries Act 1964