Lottery In India
A lottery is a form of gambling that involves the drawing of numbers at random for prize money. Lotteries are outlawed by some governments, while others endorse it to the extent of organizing a state lottery. It is common to find some degree of regulation of lottery by governments; the most common regulation is the prohibition of sale to minors, and vendors must be licensed to sell lottery tickets. Lotteries and prize drawings are big businesses throughout the world. They get significant annual investments from individuals who have the dream of winning a huge and potentially life-changing cash prize. This revenue also goes to public sectors including education, park services and funds for veterans and seniors.
- There is no complete ban on lotteries across India.
- Sale of the lottery is allowed in as many as 13 states.
- Lotteries are popular in states like Mizoram and Kerala.
Two years ago, the Supreme Court allowed the state governments to ban the sale of lottery. It refused to recognize the right to sell the lottery as a fundamental right. Now, other than these 13 states, sale of lottery is banned at other places. Lotteries are hugely popular in states like Maharashtra, Mizoram, Kerala, Nagaland and Sikkim.
LEGAL STATUS OF LOTTERIES IN INDIA
In India, there is no complete ban on lotteries across the country. But, only 13 states allow lotteries. These are Kerala, Goa, Maharashtra, Punjab, Madhya Pradesh, West Bengal, Assam, Meghalaya, Manipur, Sikkim, Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh and Mizoram.
Mizoram state lottery result or lottery sambad result is keenly awaited in the state. Same is the case with Nagaland state lottery result, Sikkim state lottery result or Kerala lottery result.
Tamil Nadu and Karnataka governments have completely banned lotteries. The ban on lotteries began around the turn of the century when social activists raised concerns with people getting addicted to gambling leading to the ruin of families.
Though lotteries provided good revenue to the state governments, the social cost was considered too high to keep the practice going. The ban on lotteries is not very effective as they operate online and the operators have introduced several tricks like ‘single-digit’ matches that fetch small prizes announced daily. Big weekly prizes are announced separately.
There are also many illegal lotteries, being operated by anonymous people. They have a wide reach as they run online.