Queensland's Golden Casket Lottery, now managed by the Tattersall's Group, has been running since 1916, when it was started to raise money for World War 1 veterans. The prize in that first lottery was a casket of gold, hence the public name of the lottery.
Although now privately-managed, the Golden Casket Lottery continues to be a source of funding for the government, and the beneficiary since 1992 has been children's health. Each year the Royal Children's Hospital Foundation and the Mater Children's Hospital Trust receive $500,000, along with a number of other children's health projects.
Players of Golden Casket Lottery games must be 18 years or older to buy tickets, which can be purchased at more than 1,100 retailers throughout the state.
Prizes of $1,500 and less can be redeemed at any Golden Casket retailer. To claim prizes of more than $1,500 winners will need to claim in person at the lottery's head office in Woolloongabba. Prizes may also be claimed by mail - players need to include a claim and the original winning ticket.
Interstate players are able to claim prizes, simply by writing a letter to Golden Casket, including the winning ticket and details of their return address and contact phone number. Be sure to keep a copy of the front and back of all documents you send, and if it's a larger cash prize, it's advisable to send your claim by registered mail.
Players should also be aware that in the case of a lost or stolen ticket whoever has the ticket can claim the prize. One way to protect against this occurring is to register your games by obtaining a Winners Circle card. Alternatively, if your ticket has been lost or stolen, players can complete a Lost Damage Receipt Search Form, which may assist Golden Casket in putting a stop on the winning ticket.
All prizes are tax-free.