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Bill Thorburn
Bill Thorburn

Biography: Bill Thorburn, Chief Executive Golden Casket Lottery Corporation Ltd.

Bill Thorburn is the Chief Executive of Golden Casket Lottery Corporation Limited in Queensland, Australia. Golden Casket employs 200 staff and lottery sales in 2003/04, were $A788 million. Each year Golden Casket returns over $200 million to the State Government for the ultimate benefit of the Queensland community.
Of the six lotteries operating in Australia and New Zealand, Golden Casket is number three in terms of per capita sales and clear leader in the sale of Instant Scratch-Its.
Bill joined Golden Casket nine years ago, after some 13 years at the Queensland TAB, the privatised wagering enterprise now known as UNITAB. Prior to entering the Queensland gaming and wagering industry, Bill obtained his chartered accounting qualifications during eight years with leading accounting firm Ernst & Young.
Since joining Golden Casket, Bill has overseen the process of commercialisation and corporatisation of the enterprise culminating in the formation of a Government Owned Corporation (GOC) on 1 August 1997. Other major initiatives during Bill’s time with Golden Casket, include the launch of several innovative new products, a major upgrade to retail image standards, implementation of a new technology platform, the development of a new player card and customer loyalty scheme - Winners Circle and the launch of Golden Casket’s Responsible Play Program. Golden Casket will go on-line with Internet lottery distribution in 2005.
Bill is married with twin daughters and outside work enjoys family activities and competitive sailing.

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Golden Casket CEO to Take Control of Tattersall's Lotteries Business
BRISBANE, Queensland, Australia (April 19, 2007) – Golden Casket chief executive Bill Thorburn is reported by the local media as saying the 90-year-old Queensland government-owned lottery was a good strategic fit with Victorian gambling colossus Tattersall's........................Subscribers


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