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Charity & Lottery Prices

Kerala, the ‘Gods Own Country’, has another remarkable record to its name – in 1967 it became the first state in India to have established a lottery department. This pioneering concept was developed by the late Shri. P. K. Kunju Sahib, who was then Kerala’s Finance Minister and envisioned sales of lotteries as being a key source of non-tax revenue for the state while simultaneously providing an income source for less fortunate people in society.

The department has grown exponentially since, covering all corners of Kerala, with many other states subsequently following suit by creating their own lotteries. Nevertheless, despite competition from other counterparts, Kerala State Lotteries stands out due to its credibility, transparency and reliability and effective policies on welfare of agents. It began operations on September 1st 1967 with its first valued at Re.1 offering a Rs 50,000 first prize – draw date set for January 26th after more than 60 days since ticket sale commencemnet. Starting out with just one lottery and only a few staff members under its Directorate based at Thiruvananthapuram’s Vikas Bhavan, there are 465 employees now along with 14 District Offices and a regional Deputy Directorate at Ernakulam –

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