How the Kerala State Lotteries Department Works

Kerala State Lotteries Department was the first lottery department setup under a state Government in India. It was established in the year of 1967. The idea to make lottery as a part of governmental project that can provide wealth to the state and job to the unemployed youth. The whole idea was initiated by late P. K. Kunju Sahib the Honb’le Finance Minister of the state in 1967. Now the Kerala lotteries are a major source of non-tax revenue for the state. Shri. P. K. Seydu Mohammed was the founder Director of the department of the Kerala Lottery Department.

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The revolutionary system is one of the most striking development to enhance the financial condition of the state which soon followed by some other states. The department was initially under the Department of Finance but was later brought under the Taxes Department. On September 1, 1967 it released its first lottery ticket for November 1, the same year. The ticket valued at Re. 1 carried and was offering the first prize of Rs. 50,000.

Administrative team of Kerala State Lotteries Department

The Lottery Department is run by the Director of State Lotteries and is assisted by an Additional Director and a Joint Director. Three Deputy Directors and four District lottery officers handles the Administrative work. Directorate also comprises of a Finance officer, Publicity Officer, Accounts Officer (IA) and two Senior Auditors. The Finance officer, Publicity Officer, Accounts Officer (IA) and two Senior Auditors are also part of the Administrative team.

How the Kerala State Lotteries Department Works

The printing and distribution of tickets of all lotteries are controlled by the Directorate. All the tickets including Bumper are printed at the Govt Press Mannanthala, Kerala Books and Publications Society Kakkanad, Kochi and C-apt (Kerala State Centre for Advanced Printing and Training). The District Lottery offices controls the sale of lottery tickets, Agency registration, renewal, sanctioning of prize money and disbursement of prizes up to Rs.1 Lakh, while the Lotteries Directorate at Thiruvananthapuram cakes charge of general administration, distribution of major prizes above Rs. 1 lakh and granting of agencies outside Kerala, overall control, conduct of draws etc.

Kerala State Lotteries  has introduced some weekly lotteries like WIN -WIN on Monday, DHANASREE on Tuesday, AKSHAYA on Wednesday, Karunya Plus on Thursday, BHAGYANIDHI on Friday, KARUNYA on Saturday, POURNAMI on Sunday. Along with it there are some seasonal lotteries like Bumper lotteries Vishu,Thiruvonam,Pooja,X’mas- newyear,Monsoon,Summer.