The Singapore lottery is one of the most popular gambling activities in the city-state, but there are a few things you should know before you start playing.
The law in Singapore makes it legal to play the lottery, but you should always be careful and don’t get ripped off by unscrupulous operators who will offer to buy numbers for you or request money transfers from you before they can release your winnings. This is a scam that has happened to many people and Singapore police have been urging the public to use the ScamShield app and stay away from such scams.
Singapore Pools is a state-owned company that was established in 1968 and is the only legal operator of lotteries in the country. Its portfolio of lottery games includes 4D, Toto and Singapore Sweep.
It is also the sole legal bookmaker and totalisator for association football and motor racing betting.
In the last financial year, the Tote Board reported that SGD9.2 billion was spent on lotteries and sports bets. This is the highest amount that the statutory body has recorded over the past four years, and a 40 per cent increase from the previous year.
With the easing of COVID-19 measures, gamblers are back in action and setting new records for their favourite forms of entertainment. During the same period, casinos and public entertainment venues collected SGD125 million in casino entry levies, 10 per cent more than what they collected the year before.