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 win huge prizes thanks to international lotteries online. 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, you can play international lotteries such as Powerball and Mega Millions online. 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 you win a prize, you will receive a text message or email informing you of your win. Prizes are automatically paid into your online account soon after the draw has been made and you can choose to withdraw your winnings or use them to fund future ticket purchases.

Claiming a large prize is simple, as a player from Panama discovered in 2017 after winning the $30 million Florida Lotto 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, you will be required to choose one of the many methods available for funding your account. You can use a variety of methods to withdraw your winnings including Visa, Mastercard and Neteller. Alternatively, the winnings in your player account can be used to buy more tickets for future draws.

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

Winnings are paid in full to the player, although you should check if your prize makes you liable for income tax in India.

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