Lottery rules approved by Meghalava Cabinet

Shillong Dec 02: The Meghalaya cabinet has approved the Meghalaya Lotteries Rules, 2019, rules for conducting lottery in the state.

Home minister James K. Sangma told reporters after the cabinet meeting that both paper and online lotteries would be introduced, and this will help generate revenue for the state.

The Meghalaya government had introduced online lottery in 2001 and signed an agreement with MS Associates, to run the lottery with a guaranteed Rs 3 crore for the exchequer in the first year.

However the lottery was stopped after the firm did not pay the dues to the state and the firm stopped operating the online lottery in 2005. The firm reportedly belonged to former Tezpur Congress MP M.K. Subba.

Meghalaya has failed to revive the state-run lottery after the online lottery firm failed to pay crores of rupees to the state government.