Is Lottery Legal in India? Let’s Find Out

You must be wondering whether lotteries are legal in India or not? The answer to the question is “Yes”. You can play the lottery in 13 Indian states out of 29. The Lotteries (Regulation) Act of 1998 is the current law codified by the Government of India in order to prohibit private lotteries and establish a state-controlled monopoly on all forms of lotteries. The primary intention of the act was to ensure honesty and transparency in the operation of government-sponsored lotteries. 

Important Points to Keep in Mind

  • Private Lotteries are banned in India
  • The lottery is largely legal in India as there is no complete ban
  • Government lotteries are legal in 13 Indian states out of 29
  • It is illegal in 16 Indian states
  • You can play international lotteries from India

States which have Legalized Lottery

The 13 Indian states are as follows:

  1. Kerala
  2. Punjab
  3. Assam
  4. Goa
  5. Arunachal Pradesh
  6. Sikkim
  7. Manipur
  8. Madhya Pradesh
  9. Meghalaya
  10. Maharashtra
  11. Mizoram
  12. Nagaland
  13. West Bengal

States which have Banned the Lottery

  1. Andhra Pradesh
  2. Bihar
  3. Chandigarh
  4. Chattisgarh
  5. Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu
  6. Delhi
  7. Gujarat
  8. Haryana
  9. Himachal Pradesh
  10. Jammu and Kashmir
  11. Jharkhand
  12. Karnataka
  13. Ladakh
  14. Lakshadweep
  15. Odisha
  16. Puducherry
  17. Rajasthan
  18. Tamil Nadu
  19. Telangana
  20. Tripura
  21. Uttar Pradesh
  22. Uttarakhand

The draws are organized on dates and hours that are fixed beforehand. The draws are publicly held, organized, and supervised by the respective lottery departments of individual states under the supervision of the Finance Department, Government of India.

Are Online International Lotteries Illegal in India?

Online lottery is not illegal in India. International lotteries are organized by foreign operators outside India, which keeps them away from the law of the land. You can participate in such draws online via lottery sites that either sell tickets or let you bet on the outcome.

Also read: Advantages of Playing Lottery Online

 The Government of India has not officially banned online lotteries as of yet,  the services provided by lottos that are based solely in Canada, Australia, and the UK are to be considered legit. 

Reference Links:

  • https://www.lottoland.asia/magazine/is-lottery-legal-india.html
  • https://indiaeducationdiary.in/legality-of-lottery-an-brief-overview/

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