Legal lotteries and lottery laws vary by state within India. There are currently 13 states that allow lottery games, while the rest have banned them. There is no national ban, but following a 2015 decision by the State Supreme Court of India, individual states take the decision whether to allow lotteries or not. States have the authority to control lottery games in their particular jurisdiction (not internationally) and ensure that all lottery draws that take place are run fairly and comply with the rules and regulations of that particular game.
Lotteries are very popular in the states where they are allowed. The 13 Indian states that have their own lotteries are:
|Arunachal Pradesh||Assam||Goa||Kerala||Madhya Pradesh|
Previously, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu held successful lotteries, but these states have now banned the sale of lottery tickets.
Kerala State Lotteries is the oldest government-run lottery in India, and has been in operation since 1967. It offers weekly games as well as Bumper Lotteries held six times a year. The Punjab Lottery holds regular Bumper Lottery schemes throughout the year.
The biggest state lottery game in India is the Playwin Lottery, which is run by the Sikkim government and available in a number of states. To play this lottery you must be 18 years old or over and a resident of one of the following states: Arunchala Pradesh, Goa, Maharashtra, Sikkim, and West Bengal. The Sikkim State Lottery also runs Bumper draws throughout the year.
Lotto India is a nationwide online lottery available for players throughout India and worldwide, with jackpots larger than some state lotteries.
There are also many privately-run Indian lotteries, which operate online to get around the state bans. However, players run the risk of fraud, as operators are often anonymous and people frequently lose money from fake tickets or lottery scams.
Gambling is highly frowned upon in many parts of India and that means that the lottery laws are very strict. Some Indian States go as far as banning lottery draws completely and even the states that do allow lottery gambling do so under strict guidelines for the government.