Saturday, May 30th, 2020

History of Lottery in India

INVC NEWS       

New Delhi,

In India, a lucky incident is often described as “lottery lag gayi” (hitting the jackpot). Such is the significance of lottery as any lucky incident is understood in layman language as lottery lagna.
The history of lottery in India can be found in ancient Vedic and other mythological texts. It used to exist in ancient India in different forms which is evidently different than the modern forms prevalent at present. The incident in Mahabharata when the Pandavas put Draupadi at stake in the gambling game can be considered as a relevant example.

The existence of lottery in India can also be traced back through the study of tribal cultures. In tribal hinterlands cockfighting is a common practice and a traditional form of gambling which can be seen as an equivalent to modern day lottery system. Lotteries are addictive as it involves a desire to earn instantaneously and the participants keep trying their luck again and again. The hope of winning excites the players to put at stake money, jewelry, land, houses, animals etc. Many folklores even suggests of rich and influential people going bankrupt because of addiction to lotteries.

Lottery is not legal across all states in India. There are only 13 states that have popularized lotteries by legalizing them. State run lotteries are a huge success in states like Maharashtra, Goa, Sikkim, Nagaland, Assam, West Bengal, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Arunachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Kerala. Considering its popularity it is an important source of revenue generation to the public exchequer in these states. Kerala was the first state in India to start lottery. The State Government of Kerala established the Kerala State Lotteries in 1967 with an objective of providing occupation to people and also raising funds to the state exchequer.
This was implemented only after shutting down all the private lotteries in the state. Soon after this move in Kerala many states in India joined the league and stated their own state run lotteries.

Since ancient time till date lotteries in India has evolved over the period and from physical lotteries to online lotteries popular these days has been a source of entertainment and income for the masses.



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