Indian Lottery Laws

Although there are some restrictions on gambling in India, legislation for lotteries and gambling in general is set by each individual state and there are many states which allow people to play lotteries both online and at land-based lottery retailers.

Indian Lotteries

Individual Indian states have the authority to control lottery games in their particular jurisdiction and ensure that all lottery draws that take place are run fairly and comply with the rules and regulations of that particular game. Some of the states which allow lottery games to be played include Goa, Punjab and Sikkim Governments.

The biggest state lottery game to be played is the Playwin Indian Lottery, which is run by the Sikkim government. To be able to play this lottery you must be 18 years and over and be a resident in any one of the following states: Sikkim, Goa, Arunchala Pradesh, Maharashtra and West Bengal.

To view more information about the Playwin Lottery please click here.

International Lotteries

Indian citizens are free to play international lotteries using an online lottery ticket concierge service. International lotteries are not subject to the usual Indian gambling laws as the draws take place outside the country allowing residents of all Indian states to play regardless of the gambling laws in any particular state. 


International Lottery FAQs


1. Can I play international lotteries from India?

Yes. Tickets can be purchased online through the Lottery Ticket Concierge service. To read more about this facility, visit the How to Play page.

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2. How can I claim the winnings if I win an international lottery from India?

If your ticket wins a prize, you will receive a text message or email informing you of your win. Smaller, non-jackpot prizes are automatically paid into your online ticket concierge account soon after the draw has been made and you can choose to withdraw your winnings or use them to fund future ticket purchases.

If you win a significant prize, or even the jackpot, a representative from the lottery concierge service will contact you to guide you through the claims process.

Claiming a large prize is simple, as a player from Iraq discovered in 2015 after winning the $6.4 million Oregon Megabucks jackpot.

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3. Can I transfer the money I have won to my bank account in India?

Yes. When you set up your online account with the ticket concierge service you will be required to choose one of the many methods available for funding your account. You will also be able to choose one of the many deposit methods to fund your account. You can also use a variety of methods to withdraw your winnings. Alternatively, you can leave the money in your online account to buy more tickets.

Players are advised that some prizes may be subject to tax in the country or state which runs the lottery so the final amount you will receive is dependent on individual circumstances. If you need to know more it is recommended you check with an accountant familiar with international tax to confirm how much tax will apply to you.

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4. Will the lottery ticket concierge service deduct a proportion of my winnings or take a commission?

No. The concierge service charges a small premium on the price of each lottery ticket it sells to cover its operating costs which means that, subject to the deduction of any compulsory taxes, winnings are paid in full to player.

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