Lotteries in India
There are many lotteries in India. All lotteries are run by state governments but only 13 of the 28 Indian states allow them. The leader within Indian lotteries is the Kerala State Government that started their lottery department in 1967 following the country wide ban on private lotteries.
The Kerala State Lotteries became an inspiration for other Indian states that started their own lotteries. As of right now 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 provide 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
The Saturday Super Lotto is run by the Pan India Network Ltd (Playwin). It is one of the most popular Indian lottery games which offer a wealth of prizes in every draw. Jackpots start at Rs. 2 crores and will rollover to the following draw if there are no top prize winners. Saturday Super Lotto draws are held every Saturday night between 22.00 and 22.30 IST and are shown on television channel Zee Zing.
How to Play Saturday Super Lotto
In Saturday Super Lotto, players select six numbers from 1 to 49. The jackpot, which starts at Rs. 2 crores, is won by any player who successfully matches all six numbers drawn. Should more than one ticket holder match all six numbers, the top prize will be shared equally between the winners. However, if there are no jackpot winners then the top prize will rollover to the following draw.
In every draw there are a total of 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 to buy 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, 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 wish to enter. Players can enter up to seven draws in advance.
Buying your tickets online is totally secure and eliminates the risk of losing your tickets 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 with.
Saturday Super Lotto tickets can be purchased in person at an official lottery retailer as well as 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 wish to play and hand the playslip to the retailer who will process the ticket and prove you with a 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 in order to receive your winnings.
Prizes are valid for 90 days and it is advisable to check your tickets as soon as possible after the draw so that any prize can be claimed immediatelly
Thursday Super Lotto
Thursday Super Lotto was a popular Indian Lottery game that was run by the Pan India Network Ltd until draws stopped on Thursday 14th March 2019. Saturday Super Lotto, which shared a very similar name and prize structure to Thursday Super Lotto, will still continue to run after this date. For more information on the closure of this lottery, click here.
When Thursday lottery draws were taking place they would offer a jackpot of Rs. 2 crores. It still holds the record for the largest Playwin jackpot ever won when a resident of Kolkata won 172.9 million rupees on May 25th 2006.
Thursday Super Lotto prizes are valid for a period of 90 days after the draw takes place. That means if you bought your tickets for the final draw on Thursday 14th March, you have until Wednesday 12th June to claim your prize before it expires.
Thursday Super Lotto was one of the most popular lottery games in India whilst it was running. Players only needed to select six numbers from a range of 1 to 49. To win the jackpot you needed to match all six numbers drawn but you could also win prizes for matching as few as three numbers. In the event that more than one player won the jackpot, the top prize would be shared equally between the top prize winners. In draws that there was no jackpot winner, the amount would rollover to the next draw.
The prize tiers, winning combinations and odds of winning a prize were as follows:
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