Indian lotteries accused of fraud

Indian residents reported the single-digit lotteries businesses in Kerala.

India.- Finance Minister of Indian State of Kerala, Thomas Isaac announced that the government will respond at residents’ complaints about the selling of single-digit lotteries at the region. This illegal form of gambling operates when the “predictions” of a player matches with the last three numbers of the winning ticket, whose lottery was conducted in the state, they will win the prize.

“The single-digit lottery, locally known as ‘written lottery’, is actually illegal betting. It is suspected that an organised group is behind the lottery which operates more in the Northern parts of the state,” Isaac said during a reply to a notice for adjournment motion by V D Satheesan of the Congress who demanded stringent action against the proliferation of illegal lotteries in the state. And he added that Indians became addicted to this kind of betting quickly.

A total of 544 cases had been registered against illegal lottery operators over the past five years, of which the majority – 291- were registered in Malappuram.  Isaac commented that a task force headed by IG Balram Kumar Upadhyaya with two SPs, two DYSPs and cyber cell police had been constituted to check activities of illegal lottery operators.