Lotteries in India
There are many lotteries in India. State governments run all lotteries, but only 13 of the 28 Indian states allow them. The leader within Indian lotteries is the Kerala State Government, which started their lottery department in 1967 following the country-wide ban on private lotteries.
The Kerala State Lotteries inspired other Indian states that started their own lotteries. Currently, lotteries are available in Kerala, Goa, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, West Bengal, Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Manipur, Sikkim, Nagaland, and Mizoram.
The public ban on lotteries in other states has not been very effective since several lottery providers allow Indians to play online. Indian players can play lotteries from all over the world thanks to online lottery agents and bookkeepers. Some states have tried to combat this with different measures. The state government of Tamil Nadu decided to ban GooglePay since it allows payments to online lotteries and awards its users in India with Scratchcards.
Indian lotteries provide a substantial economic boost for the states that offer them. In the fiscal year 2017-2018, Kerala collected GST worth Rs 908 crore and state revenue of Rs 1,691 crore.
Saturday Super Lotto
Saturday Super Lotto is a popular way to play the lottery online in India. The Pan India Network Ltd (Playwin) operates this popular lottery game. This lottery game is a popular Indian lottery game with various prizes available. Jackpots start at Rs. 2 crores and will roll over to the next draw if there are no top prize winners. When you play the Indian Super Lottery, you can expect the draw to occur every Saturday between 22:00 and 22:30 IST, as shown on the television channel Zee Zing.
How to Play Saturday Super Lotto
In Saturday Super Lotto, you can choose six numbers between one and 49. You must match all six numbers to win the jackpot, starting at Rs. 2 crores. If multiple people match all six numbers, the prize is divided equally among the winners. The jackpot rolls over to the next draw if there are no winners.
In every draw, there are four prize tiers where players can win a prize for matching as few as three numbers. The winning combinations, odds, and prizes are as follows:
Match 6 / Odds - 1 in 13,983,816 / 2 Cores
Match 5 / Odds - 1 in 54,201 / 50,000
Match 4 / Odds - 1 in 1,032 / 500
Match 3 / Odds - 1 in 57 / 50
Overall odds of winning a Playwin Super Lotto prize: 1 in 54
Draws are held every Saturday night between 22.00 and 22.30 IST and are shown on television channel Zee Zing.
Buying Saturday Super Lotto Tickets Online
Saturday Super Lotto tickets are available from the official Playwin site using a Playwin card. The cards, which come in set values of Rs. 200, 500, 1000, and 5000, can be purchased from official lottery retailers or by SMS or email and are the only accepted online payment method.
To play the Saturday Super Lotto online, simply choose the six numbers you wish to play, or select the Lucky Pick option to have your numbers randomly selected, and then choose the number of draws you want to enter. Players can enter up to seven draws in advance.
Buying your tickets online is secure and eliminates the risk of losing them as they are stored safely online. In addition, any prizes you win are automatically added to your Playwin card for you to redeem or buy future lottery tickets.
You can purchase Saturday Super Lotto tickets in person at an official lottery retailer and online. To play, simply fill in the numbers you wish to play on a playslip, or tick the Lucky Pick option, select the number of draws you want to play, and hand the playslip to the retailer, who will process the ticket and provide you with proof of purchase. You must keep your proof of purchase safe as, should you win a prize, you will need to show it to lottery officials to receive your winnings.
Prizes are valid for 90 days and checking your tickets as soon as possible after the draw is advisable to claim your prize immediately.
Thursday Super Lotto
Thursday Super Lotto, run by Pan India Network Ltd, was one of the preferred ways to play lotteries online in India until the 14th of March 2019. The Saturday Super Lotto continues to run. You can read about the closure of this Super India lottery here.
The jackpot for the Thursday Super Lotto started at Rs. 2 crores. This Indian lottery game still holds the record for the largest jackpot. A Kolkata resident won a jackpot of 172.9 million rupees on the 25th of May 2006.
Winners could claim their prize within 90 days of the draw. Individuals who purchased tickets on the 14th of March could still claim their price until the 12th of June.
The Thursday Super lottery in India was the most popular online lottery game during its run. Players selected six numbers between one and 49. The jackpot was awarded to the individual(s) who matched all six numbers, with smaller prizes for matching three or more numbers. The jackpot was split evenly between multiple winners. The jackpot rolled over to the next drawing if there was no winner.
The following shows the prize tiers, winning combinations, and odds:
Thursday Superlotto Prizes
Match 6 / 1 in 13,983,816 / 2 Cores
Match 5 / 1 in 54,201 / 50,000
Thursday Superlotto Prizes
Match 4 / 1 in 1,032 / 500
Match 3 / 1 in 57 / 50