NSW government uses unclaimed gambling winnings to fund Jackie Chan film

What to do with the pot of pokies winnings left mysteriously unclaimed by punters each year?

In NSW, state law gives the government wide discretion to determine this, so long as there is a "community benefit".

This is how a Jackie Chan blockbuster flop and the world's richest greyhound race came to be among the biggest beneficiaries of a fund designed to redistribute gambling prizemoney back to the broader NSW community.

The 2017 sci-fi thriller Bleeding Steel, which featured Chan duelling with an evil villain atop the sails of the Sydney Opera House, was funded in part by a one-off direct grant of $850,000 from the NSW government.

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