West Bengal Lottery
The West Bengal Directorate of State Lotteries was established within the Finance Department in 1968. The lottery conducts a transparent draw with live result feeds, and raises funds for state development as well as providing employment opportunities for individuals working in the lottery business.
The West Bengal Lottery conducts six Bumper Draws per year associated with festivals: New Year Bumper, Holi Bumper, Nababarsha Bumper, Rathayatra Bumper, Puja Bumper, and Diwali Bumper.
In 2018, seven weekly lottery draws were introduced. These are part of Lottery Sambad, also known as Dhankesari, a popular game played across a number of Indian states. The Sambad draw held in West Bengal is the afternoon draw at 4 pm daily. Tickets cost Rs 6 each and GST is now payable on lottery purchases. There is also a morning draw that takes place in Nagaland at 11:55 am and a night draw in Nagaland at 8 pm IST every day.
The results are posted soon after the draws are held; select the draw time you want to view results for from the list:
- Morning: 11:55 am.
- Afternoon: 4:00 pm. View draw results
- Evening: 8:00 pm.
The 4 pm draw is held at the Directorate of State Lotteries in Kolkata. Results are also published in the Dhan Kesari Hindi Lottery Daily newspaper, which is available in Jharkhand, South Bengal, Uttar Pradesh, Vidarbha and West Bengal.
West Bengal State Lottery Prizes
Note that one ticket may win a prize from one rank only, whichever has the largest prize.
- First prize: Rs 31 lakhs
- Second prize: Rs 9000
- Third prize: Rs 500
- Fourth prize: Rs 310
- Fifth prize: Rs 120
- Consolation prize: Rs 1000
West Bengal Afternoon Games
These afternoon Dhankesari games are run by the West Bengal State Lottery. There is a different game for each day of the week, and the draws are known by several different names. All games are drawn every day at 4 pm.
- Monday: Dear Bangalakshmi Teesta / Banga Laxmi Teesta / Bangashree Lakshmi Teesta
- Tuesday: Dear Bangalakshmi Torsha / Banga Laxmi Torsha / Bangashree Lakshmi Torsha
- Wednesday: Dear Bangabhumi Raidek / Banga Laxmi Raidak / Bangashree Lakshmi Raidak
- Thursday: Dear Bangabhumi Bhagirathi / Banga Laxmi Bhagirathi / Bangashree Lakshmi Bhagirathi
- Friday: Dear Bangabhumi Ajay
- Saturday: Dear Bangasree Damodar / Bangashree Lakshmi Damodar
- Sunday: Dear Bangasree Ichamati / Bangashree Lakshmi Ichamati
Information on the West Bengal Lottery, which conducts six Bumper Lotteries per year as well as the daily Lottery Sambad game, also known as Dhankesari Lottery, which is drawn every day at 4 pm.
Try your luck! Buy lotteries on your mobile phone
Sugal & Damani will roll out its mobile platform (app) ‘Luckykhel’ over the next few days.
Sugal & Damani, a prominent state lotteries distributor, has decided to vend raffle tickets on mobile phones. The company will roll out its mobile platform (app) ‘Luckykhel’ over the next few days.
“No trade can ignore the digital medium. There’ll be 468 million smartphone users by 2021,” says Kamlesh Vijay, group CEO of Sugal & Damani (S&D).
“We’d be able to reach out to more customers via mobile phones. Our costs would go down and we’ll be able to sell lotteries round the clock,” Vijay tells ET in an exclusive interview.
S&D claim to have over 75% market share in online lottery business, over 20,000 point-of-sale terminals across lottery-friendly states and 15 million transactions per day. The company posted a turnover of close to Rs 15,000 crore last fiscal.
“By opening a mobile distribution channel, we’re trying to bring on board many more customers. We’re targeting anybody who is above 18 years of age,” says Vijay.
How will app-based lotteries work?
These lotteries would be sold on mobile phones – via a mobile app. We prefer to call them digital lotteries though… You simply have to download the app on your mobile phone and register with us for availing the services. We’ll roll out first on android phones, and later on other platforms. Users can participate (buy lotteries) by linking up their bank accounts or e-wallets. We’ve put in place adequate KYC (know-your-customer) process and other security features as well.
What are your KYC requirements?
Every new user has to register themselves on the platform. They have to submit bank account details (which may also be used for transferring ‘winnings’ or prize money), address and age proof documents.
What type of lotteries would you sell?
To begin with, we’ll have nine different variants of lotteries – lottos, powerball, lucky-4s, magic lottos etc. The price of these tickets could be as low as Rs 2, and can go all the way upto Rs 25. The prize money or winnings could be any sum between a few hundred rupees to over Rs 2.5 crore. Some of our high-priced tickets could also be jackpots… The draws could be on hourly, daily or weekly-basis; tickets of higher denomination may be drawn once a week.
Which state lotteries would you sell via the app?
We’ll start with Goa, Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh state lotteries; we’re also trying to get Punjab and Maharashtra on board. Over the next one year, mobile lotteries would account for 5 – 10% of overall lottery sales in India; in 5 years’ time, it could be as high as 40 – 45%.
Many states do not allow sale of lotteries. How will you stop ‘user seepages’ into non-lottery friendly states?
Currently nine states – Maharashtra, West Bengal, Punjab, Mizoram, Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim, Assam, Goa and Kerala – raise funds via sale of lotteries. Of this, only Kerala doesn’t allow marketing of lotteries issued by other state governments. All other eight states allow cross-selling of lotteries. We’ve devised a two-way solution to stop seepages into non-(lottery)-friendly states. Firstly, we’ve installed geo-location blockages on the app; secondly, we do not give participation rights to users residing in non-(lottery)-friendly states. These measure would control seepages.
Would you be able to sell lotteries in overseas markets.
No, RBI doesn’t allow us to do that… Foreign national may register with us, but would be barred from participating.
This can get quite addictive for users…
Not at all. We follow the ‘responsible gaming principles’ set forth by the World Lotteries Association. We’ll not allow under-aged individuals (less than 18 years) to participate. We’ll also put in place a monitoring system to warn / block compulsive lottery-buyers.
What will happen to the 7 lakh physical lottery-sellers who vend tickets for a living?
Physical lotteries would continue unabated…. From a distributors point of view, we need digital presence; but paper lotteries will continue to be an important distribution route for us. A mobile outlet would help us popularise lotteries among people. It will also give a leg up to physical lotteries.
How are lotteries helping state governments?
Lotteries are a Rs 50,000-crore business in India. In 2017-18, the nine “lottery-friendly” states collected close to Rs 3950 crore as GST (on lottery sales). As per current GST structure, interstate sale of lotteries attracts 28% tax while intrastate sales come under the 12% bracket. That aside, by selling lotteries, these states collected close to Rs 1853 crore. That’s a whopping Rs 5800 crore in net collections… Lottery is a good way to augment governmental revenues. The money that comes in, can be used to run various social welfare programmes such as Ayushman Bharat or ‘education-for-all.’ If more states decide to float lottery schemes, we’ll be able to raise at least Rs 50,000 crore. Countries such as China and UK use lotteries to run their social welfare programmes.
Sugal & Damani will roll out its mobile platform (app) ‘Luckykhel over the next few days.