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|Know the ticket|
The tickets are printed with numbers starting from 100,000, each bearing an alphabetic code. The numbers are preceded by a code consisting of two alphabets, of which the first letter representing the name of the lottery scheme and the second letter representing the series. For example, in a ticket bearing the No. AB-123456, the letter A - represents Akshaya and B - represents the series.
How it works
Now let’s see how the draw procedure works. Seven drums in seven colours are used for the draw. The first drum represents the ticket Series for the draw and the rest represent Numbers from ‘lakhs’ place to ‘ones’ (units) place. A closed purse containing tokens with series code for that particular draw is then put inside the first drum. Then comes the second drum, which represents the lakhs place. Consider, for example, three lakh tickets have been printed in each particular series for a draw. Then the second drum is placed with a closed purse containing tokens numbering from 1 to 3, representing the lakhs place. All other drums are filled with purses containing token numbering from 0 to 9. Now the drums are ready for the draw. The supervising panel is given a list containing the sold and unsold numbers.
Once the drums have been set up with tokens inside it, a handle attached with the drum is swiftly rotated so that the tokens inside the purse mix with each other. The Chairman of the supervising panel then takes a token from the first drum, which is the first place winning series. This token is exhibited for the public and the series code is written on the board, facing the stage. This procedure is then followed for each drum to get a number from each one. The numbers are written on the right side of the series code, one after another. Once the numbers from all the drums are written, we get an alphabetic code with two alphabets and six numbers. This number is declared as the winning number. Here the department proudly presents a unique feature carried over from the very beginning. If a prize goes to an unsold ticket kept under the custody of the department, the same will be detected at real-time by verification with the list of unsold tickets and the draw for that particular prize will be repeated till the prize goes to a sold ticket. The department officials present at the venue enters this number in their register as the winning number. After a few draws by the panelists, public are invited to participate in the draw procedure, to find out the remaining winning numbers.
The prize-winner of a lottery shall surrender the prize-winning ticket within 30 days of the draw with all necessary documents. Prizes up to Rs. 1 Lakh may be claimed from the District Lottery Offices concerned. Prize winning tickets above Rs.1 Lakh shall be surrendered before the Director of State Lotteries after affixing the signature, name and address of the prize winner on the back side of the tickets with the following documents.**
1. A claim application along with a Photostat copy of both sides of the signed ticket, self attested.
2. Two Passport size photographs of the prize-winner duly attested by a Gazetted Officer/Notary
3. A receipt for the prize money in the prescribed form affixing a revenue stamp worth Rs.1/- with full address of the prize-winner.
4. If the prize winner is a minor, Guardianship certificate from a competent authority.
5. In case of joint claims, one of the prize-winners should be authorized to receive the prize money and a ‘Joint Declaration’ in stamp paper worth Rs. 50/- should be executed
6. Self attested copy of the PAN Card
Prize amount can also be claimed through Nationalised, Scheduled or Co-Operative banks. The prize winning ticket should be surrendered to the bank with all the above documents, if necessary. The bank should submit the claim to the Director of State Lotteries with the following certificates:
1. The letter of Authorisation from the prize-winner
2. The certificate from the receiving bank
3. The certificate from the collecting bank
** Prize winning tickets above Rs.1 Lakh and upto Rs.20 Lakhs shall be passed for payment by the Deputy Director(Prize) and that above Rs.20 lakhs by the Director.
For prize moneys more than Rs. 5000, income tax at prevailing rate will be deducted and credited into the central government account. As of now, an Income tax of 30% will be deducted for all the prize winning claims exceeding Rs. 5000/- For the agents prize claims an amount equivalent to 10% of the claim will be deducted as income tax. Presently no surcharge or educational cess is deducted as per the Income Tax rules. This amount will be met from the prize money for above Rs. 5000/-..
Kerala State lotteries hadn’t made loss since its inception. In 1967, the total revenue from lottery sales was only Rs. 20 lakhs which witnessed a whopping increase to reach Rs. 625.74 crores in 2009- 2010 and Rs. 557.69 crores in 2010-2011 ( from only one weekly lottery from Sept 2010 to March 2011 and six bumper lotteries). Also the profit too had grown substantially to reach Rs. 114.7 crores in 2009-2010 and Rs. 92.02 in 2010-2011 (even after reduction in the number of weekly lotteries) from meagre Rs. 14 lakhs. The profit and revenue of the department since 1967 is as follows:
Kerala State Lotteries – Revenue and Profit (1967 – 2011)
Modernisation, Office automation and revamping
The Department of State Lotteries has undergone vast changes during the year from 2007 to 2010.The Government have permitted the Director of State Lotteries to undertake the modernization and revamping of the department vide GO (MS) No. 124/07/TD dated 15.5.2007. Accordingly as part of the decentralization of powers, the Director is empowered with more powers in the matter of launching of new lotteries, revision of prize structures, publicity and propaganda etc. The District Lottery Officers are empowered to honour prize claims up to Rs. 1 lakh, Deputy Director (Prize) up to Rs. 20 lakhs and Director above 20 lakhs.
As part of dispensing with the system of counterfoil, bar coding is adopted in all tickets.
The registered agents are at present utilizing the benefit of purchase of tickets on bank guarantee. The minimum amount of bank guarantee is Rs. 50,000 and maximum Rs. 1 crore.
In order to develop agency networking, agency fees is reduced to Rs. 200, and agency renewal fees to Rs.50. The fee for casual agency is fixed at Rs.50
The second phase of computerisation has been completed and the functioning of the department is purely through online with the 512 Kbps broadband of BSNL coupled with the Web Based Lottery Information Management System (LIMS) developed by Keltron. This has been made functional from Feb 2008 onwards.
Vide GO (Rt) No. 1244/08/TD dated 26.12.2008, the Government have accorded sanction to implement hardware augmentation for LIMS. Accordingly, additional hardware were supplied to all offices including the Directorate. To erradicate the continuous degradation of the online system, implementation of hardware and software enhancement is underway.
As part of the modernisation and revamping of the department, the Govt have accorded sanction to carry out the modification of the Directorate, Regional Deputy Directorate and District Lottery Offices. Accordingly the modification works of the District Lottery Office was taken up during 2009. The modification works including power wiring and LAN wiring of the Directorate was entrusted with the Public Works Department. The modification works of the Directorate and sub offices have been completed by the agencies and the offices are functioning at the modified space with new look and facilities.
Mobile e- Governance
The Government of Kerala have accorded sanction to the Kerala State IT Mission to implement Mobile e- Governance in the Department of State Lotteries vide GO (Rt)No. 38/2011/ITD dated 25.2.2011. The Hon’ble Chief Minister has formally inaugurated the Mobile e- Governance projects for various departments. Accordingly the same for Lotteries Department has been entrusted with M/s Mobme Wireless Solutions by the Kerala State IT Mission. As envisaged, the project has the potential to help make public information and governance services available “any time, anywhere” to citizens and officials. The Kerala State IT Mission has set up necessary infrastructure for the implementation of the project. Accordingly a Revenue Model M- Governance project has been implemented in this department as a pilot project.
An individual user can access lottery results by sending details of draw number, series and lottery ticket number by SMS to number 537252.
SMS format: ---type Lottery (space) draw number (space) series (space) 6 digit number
Rs. 2/- shall be payable by the subscribers of BSNL and Rs 3/- by the subscribers of other network service providers for each SMS under the scheme.
As per the facility provided by the IT Mission, the department is also making use of quick SMS and Group SMS to convey short messages, short advertisements, publicity matters etc to both saved and unsaved mobile numbers.