We would like to make arts and culture freely available and something that everyone has the chance to experience. It was this wish that led to the idea of the Lotteries Days.

Didn’t hit the jackpot with your last lottery ticket or win the main prize on your scratch card? But before you throw it in the recycling bin, you might want to think about keeping it for later. And with good reason: on so-called Lotteries days, this apparently “worthless” piece of paper becomes a free ticket for many art galleries, cultural institutions and zoos across Austria.

In 2017, around 20,000 old lottery product tickets were used as entrance tickets to popular venues like the Kunsthistorisches Museum (Museum of Art History), Schönbrunn Zoo or the Volkstheater theater in Vienna. 81 Lotteries Days have been held since their inception and have attracted a total of 80,000 visitors.

Arts and culture for everyone

Not everyone can afford a day at the zoo for the whole family. Likewise, the cost of a spontaneous visit to the Albertina art gallery or the Technical Museum in Vienna is not a priority item in everyone’s monthly budget. Austrian Lotteries wants to make arts and culture accessible to all.

On the 13 Lotteries Days that were held in 2017, Schönbrunn Zoo, the MuseumsQuartier art complex in Vienna and the Kunsthaus Graz art museum were just some of the many establishments that opened their doors free of charge to Austrian Lotteries customers.