Lottery Singapore is the sole and exclusive state operator that offers lottery games and betting on horse racing and sports. It is regulated by the Tote Board, a statutory body under the Ministry of Finance.
Lotteries include 4-D, Toto and Singapore Sweep.
Toto is a popular lottery game in Singapore. It is similar to other games called Lotto in many countries, where 6 numbers from 1 to 49 plus an “additional” number are drawn at random by a machine. A prize pool is established at 54% of sales for a draw, and about $2.8 million dollars is “invested” in each game that is played twice per week.
The Toto jackpot varies according to the amount of money raised during a draw, and the top prize can be as high as $16 million in Singapore, or more internationally. In addition to the jackpot, there are other prizes based on the winning numbers and how much you bet.
A woman in Singapore was reportedly denied her winning ticket after she asked a friend to make the bet for her. This a cautionary tale that highlights the risks of gambling, especially in Singapore.
The lottery industry in Singapore is dominated by state-owned Singapore Pools, which runs the four-digit, Toto and Singapore Sweep lotteries. It also offers sports bets on football and motor racing.