Playing Lotto in India

Indian citizens who are considering playing an international lottery, such as Powerball, EuroMillions or Mega Millions, need to choose which lottery to play. They need to inform themselves about the different lotteries available to them, what the current jackpots are, whether they can play from India, how long it takes to claim any winnings, any age limits, the odds of winning, any taxes that will need to be paid on winnings, and how often the draws take place. It is easy to find this information for each lottery, by, for example, searching powerball lottery india online. This will also bring up information about online lottery providers, where players can purchase a lottery ticket.

Players also need to know about Indian lottery laws. The legislation for gambling and lotteries is set by each individual Indian state. There are restrictions on gambling in India, but many states allow citizens to play lotteries at land-based lottery retailers and online.

Indian Lotteries

Indian lotteries are controlled and regulated by state authorities. They ensure that lottery draws are conducted fairly, and according to the rules and regulations of that particular game. Among the states that allow lotteries are Goa, Sikkim, West Bengal, Arunachal Pradesh and Maharashtra.

Indian lotteries are:

  • Punjab Lottery
  • Playwin Lottery
  • Sikkim Lotteries
  • Kerala Lotteries

International Lotteries

Indian lottery laws are not applicable to citizens playing international lotteries, such as Powerball, EuroMillions or Mega Millions online, as long as the draws take place outside of India. No taxes will be deducted from any winnings, but players should check whether they are liable to pay income tax in India. Winnings will be paid directly into the player’s online lottery account, and from there, they can be transferred to any Indian bank account.

The US-based Powerball lottery is very popular in India, and quite a few Indian citizens have won over the years, including an Indian student who won one million dollars in 2016.