- Buy Lottery ticket on the go
- Price of lottery ticket Rs 2- Rs 25
- Right now available at Goa, Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh
- Maharashtra and Punjab to follow soon
Soon Indian lotto players will have the ease to buy lottery tickets with their mobile smartphone. No need to visit the lottery vendors physically nor wander here and there or at online sites to get your lottery tickets, but with one single tap get the type of lottery you want with Lucky Khel Mobile App. This app is launched by Sugal & Damani Group.
The lottery distribution company claims that it would be able to reach more participants through this initiative and at the same time reduce the costs of reaching the customers and provide round the clock option to the players to buy lottery tickets, the price of which ranges from Rs. 2 to Rs. 25.
The Luckykhel app will be launched first on android mobile phones and subsequently be offered on other platforms. The company CEO Kamlesh Vijay in his conversation with Economic Times stated that lottery tickets of Goa, Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh will be marketed through this mobile app at first and efforts are in progress to add state lotteries of Maharashtra and Punjab on this platform.
Lotteries like lottos, powerball, lucky-4s, magic lottos etc. will be sold through the digital application and persons above the age of 18 years in Maharashtra, Punjab, West Bengal, Goa, Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram, Sikkim, Goa and Nagaland, where lotteries are permitted would be allowed to play on the app.
You can participate by completing a KYC (Know Your Customer) process and linking their bank accounts or e-wallets with the mobile application. Residents of other states, apart from these eight states will be barred from accessing the app through geo-blocking.
According to a news report, the market share of mobile lotteries is expected to be 5-10% of overall lottery sales in the next one year and 40-45% of the total sales in five years time. The current distribution channels through physical outlets will not be affected due to this initiative, he said.
Lottery distributors have been crippled with a 28% GST on the face value of tickets since the introduction of the unified indirect tax regime and have been trying innovative ways to retain their revenues, after their repeated pleas to lower the tax have fallen on deaf ears.
How to buy lottery with Lucky Khel App?
Lucky Khel App will be available soon at Google Play for free to download on your Android mobile.
You will download this free app.
Open your account with the app by linking up your bank accounts or e-wallets. Easily get the adequate KYC (know-your-customer) process and other security features as well.
You have to submit bank account details which may also be used for transferring ‘winnings’ or prize money, address and age proof documents.
A the launch of this app it will have nine different variants of lotteries – lottos, powerball, lucky-4s, magic lottos etc. The price of these tickets could be as low as Rs 2, and can go all the way upto Rs 25. The prize money or winnings could be any sum between a few hundred rupees to over Rs 2.5 crore. Some of their high-priced tickets could also be jackpots. The draws could be on hourly, daily or weekly-basis; tickets of higher denomination may be drawn once a week.
Currently nine states – Maharashtra, West Bengal, Punjab, Mizoram, Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim, Assam, Goa and Kerala – raise funds via sale of lotteries. Of this, only Kerala doesn’t allow marketing of lotteries issued by other state governments. All other eight states allow cross-selling of lotteries. The app is devised a two-way solution to stop seepages into non lottery states. Firstly, they’ve installed geo-location blockages on the app; secondly, the app do not give participation rights to them.
You need to be 18 and over to play lotteries with this app.
The introduction of mobile lotteries aims to broaden the customer base in a bid to increase sales. However, the Lotteries (Regulation) Act, 1998 and Lotteries (Regulation) Rules, 2010 specify certain stringent conditions under which lottery draws have to be conducted, which include, limit on the number of draws, restriction on the place of the draws, the paper and stationery to be used for lottery tickets, credit of the entire proceeds from lottery ticket sales to the public ledger account or consolidated fund of the organising state etc.
It is unclear whether the new mobile app is conforming to these statutory and legal requirements and whether there will be physical copies of the lottery tickets (either through a computer terminal or paper tickets) delivered to the players, as mandated by law.