Madhya Pradesh is also called the “heart of India” due to its geographical location, it is the second-largest state in the country by area. It has the largest reserves of diamond and copper in India.
The state attracts many tourists who come here to explore the beauty of Madhya Pradesh. It is also a destination for avid gamers who like to place their stakes high and try their hands in poker, rummy, betting etc.
The state follows the Public Gambling Act of 1867 thus, any sort of gambling is prohibited in Madhya Pradesh. The fifth-largest of India with over 75 million inhabitants, was declared as the gambling hub of the country in 2016 by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB).
Despite the law prohibiting it, Hindus practice gambling in the state at all levels of the society ‘Satta’ being the most popular among them.
Satta is a form of lottery and state ran a legal lottery in 2012 where the then Chief Minister Sunderlal Patwa announced the lottery would be open for sales after office hours.
In 2012, cases of gambling recorded a surge and a particular case of a 13-year old came into the spotlight after the child committed suicide because he had failed to win a prize in the lottery. From government servants, students, laborers, housewives and tribal, everyone is bitten by the bug of the lottery in MP.
Sarla Mishra, Madhya Pradesh Youth Congress (I) Vice-President at that time had said, “The government has turned into a large casino. The state has, in fact, became the country’s largest seller of lottery tickets.”
“Out of national turnover of Rs 46 crore per day from the sale of lottery tickets, Madhya Pradesh alone contributes Rs. 8 crores,” she added.
Lottery is still prevalent in Madhya Pradesh.
Lotteries are governed by Lotteries (Regulation) Act of 1998. It gave state governments the authority to hold lotteries but restricted it to a maximum of one draw one week.
Interestingly, Matka Gambling, a simple form of gambling was profound in Madhya Pradesh. However, despite following the Public Gambling Act of 1867 that prohibits gambling in the state. The lottery is permitted in Madhya Pradesh.
Only 13 states of India namely Kerala, Goa, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, West Bengal, Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Manipur, Sikkim, Nagaland and Mizoram permit lottery.