lottery in india legal

Lottery is legal in 13 states, banned in rest but available almost everywhere

Lotteries are banned in more than half the states of the country. But, in states where lotteries are allowed, they hugely popular.


  • There is no blanket ban on lotteries across India.

Two years ago, the Supreme Court allowed the state governments to ban sale of lottery. It refused to recognise the right to sell lottery as fundamental right.

Now, barring 13 states, sale of lottery is banned at other places. Lotteries are hugely popular in states like Maharashtra, Mizoram, Kerala, Nagaland and Sikkim.


There is no blanket ban on lotteries across the country. But, only 13 states allow lotteries. These are Kerala, Goa, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, West Bengal, Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Manipur, Sikkim, Nagaland and Mizoram.

Mizoram state lottery result or lottery samvad result is keenly awaited in the state. Same is the case with Nagaland state lottery result, Sikkim state lottery result or Kerala lottery result.

Former key centres of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka 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 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 players. They have wide reach as they are run online.

For example, Kerala lottery result was announced yesterday. Its Akshaya lottery AK 291 draw was held yesterday in Thiruvanthapuram. People can check Kerala lottery results live.

Prizes for all the winners of the Kerala lottery results are:

1st Prize- Rs 65,00,000

Consolation Prize- Rs 10,000

2nd Prize- Rs 2,00,000

3rd Prize- Rs 10,000

4th Prize- Rs 5,000

5th Prize- Rs 2,000

6th Prize- Rs 1,000

7th Prize- Rs 500

8th Prize- Rs 100

Similarly, people in Mizoram can check Mizoam lottery result or lottery sambad result online.

Lotteries are legal in 13 states including Kerala, Mizoram, Nagaland and Sikkim.

Legal Lottery

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
Maharashtra Manipur Meghalaya Mizoram Nagaland
Punjab Sikkim West Bengal

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.