Meghalaya, the abode of clouds is a state in North-east India. During the British Raj, it was called as “Scotland of the East” and it was part of Assam till 1972.
Meghalaya is a small state which shares its boundary with Bangladesh. It boasts of a rich culture and people of the state are quite fond of betting. Though the conventional method of gambling such as cricket betting and card games are illegal, the natives like to place their bets on a game of archery called ‘Teer’. It is legal in Meghalaya.
Traditionally called “Thoh Tim”, Teer is predominantly a lottery game based on dreams and archery. A number of archers fire 3000 arrows at a target, the number of arrows that have hit the target are then counted.
The final two digits of the total number counted are said to be the day’s number. There are a number of theories of interpretation of dreams that revolve around this game, but the main aim is to translate the dreams into numbers and to bet on them.
Legalized by the state government in 1982, the sport now has an online presence. The government fetches great revenues every year and has collected crores of rupees selling licenses to bookmakers and in taxes.
Betting in any form is illegal in Meghalaya save for lottery. Natives of Meghalaya do not like to risk it big on horse-racing or cricket. The core area of their interest is Teer, which they revere to keep the fervour of tradition alive.
Meghalaya follows the 1867 Public Gambling Act, which prohibits owning a public gaming house and gambling of all sorts. However, the legal status of games like poker, rummy etc is murky in the state and online gambling is unregulated in the state.