Frequently Asked Questions

Since these lottery programs are run by the Government of the state, they are completely legal.

Kerala State Lottery program was established in 1967 by the Government of Kerala. After the ban of private lotteries in India in 1967, the Finance Minister of Kerala during that time, P. K. Kunju Sahib, developed the idea of a state-run lottery program. The program provided employment opportunities to the people of the state and also helped in increasing government finance. Initially, the program was set up under the Finance department of the state but is now under the Taxes department of the state. The Kerala Lottery program became very popular, and many other states in India started similar programs. The Kerala state lottery program has around 465 employees under its Directorate located at Vikas Bhavan at Thiruvananthapuram, 14 District Offices, and a Regional Deputy Directorate at Ernakulam. The program offers many weekly prices, along with a few bumper prices.

About 40,000 authorized agents from the Kerala government sell tickets for the state lottery program and generate good revenue for the state. The maximum number of ticket sales are from the Kollam and Thiruvananthapuram districts. The program offers bumper draws and weekly draws. The bumper draw usually takes place during festive seasons like Onam, Vishu, Christmas, Monsoon, and summer, and the weekly draws take place throughout the week. The lottery has a nominal cost of Rs.40/- per ticket and Rs.750/- for the entire booklet and a lot of people regularly but these tickets. Some tend to buy these tickets in bulk to increase their chances of winning.

The GST received from the sale of the lottery tickets help in many public welfare schemes in the state. For example, the Karunya scheme offering financial aid to the citizens of the state who cannot afford medical bills and treatment is hugely benefitted by the lottery program. This scheme primarily helps the poor section of the state suffering from serious medical conditions like heart ailments, cancer, hemophilia, etc.

With the advent of technology, everything seems to be a click away. Unfortunately, the Indian state lotteries have more or less remained the same since it’s the origin by the Kerala state government in 1967. The only Indian online lottery is the Playwin lottery created by the Sikkim Government. It is very important to create a platform where Indians can play their favourite lotteries online, making it more approachable and also encouraging digitalization. Work from home has become hugely popular nowadays. Many lottery programs from different countries offer online purchase options and allow people from other countries to buy the same. If Indian state lottery programs do not shift to an online mode of purchase, the online lottery programs from other countries are likely to get more popular. One can hope and expect the Indian state government lotteries to follow soon and provide an online lottery buying option.