Lottery Singapore is a state-owned lottery operated by Singapore Pools. It’s the second most popular method of gambling in the country after 4-Digits. The game’s prizes are determined by the amount raised during a draw, and the jackpot reaches millions of dollars at times. Tickets can be purchased at recognised outlets, with draws taking place on Monday and Thursday at 6:30 pm SG time (or 9:30 if there’s a cascade draw).
The Singapore Pools website also offers the option to play lottery games online. This is a convenient option for those who prefer to avoid long snaking queues, particularly during big draws around Chinese New Year. However, it’s important to note that you’ll need to register for an account before making your selections and paying for the ticket.
As far as betting goes, the easing of Covid-19 restrictions has resulted in a “dramatic surge” in bets on Toto and sports such as football. The monetary sums spent on these bets have reached an all-time high of $9.2 billion in the 2021/22 financial year, which is 40% higher than the previous record-breaking figure set in 2018/19.
The government says it will continue to monitor the situation and evaluate whether further measures are needed to curb problem gambling. In the meantime, anyone found guilty of illegally operating a lottery business faces up to 10 years in prison and hefty fines. The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has warned gamblers to take extra care and only purchase their lottery tickets from trusted retailers.