History of Lottery in India
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 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.
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.