In Singapore, the 4D lottery is a popular form of entertainment. It is a regulated lottery, meaning that participants will be able to win money if their numbers are drawn in the correct order. There are several different types of entries, including system entries that offer the most possible combinations of winning numbers. These are more expensive than ordinary entries, but they increase the odds of winning the top prize.
This is why many people find the lottery to be a satisfying way to pass time and hope for their lucky streaks. Despite this, the lottery industry has come under increasing scrutiny for its role in gambling addiction. This is especially true after Singapore began lifting COVID-19 restrictions in 2023, which resulted in a sharp increase in the amount of money that was being placed on lotteries and sports betting.
The figures from our sample are quite similar to those reported in official government-run surveys. According to the National Gambling Participation Survey (NGPS), a tri-annual government survey on gambling, lottery spending among those aged 16 to 65 has been stable at about S$212 per month and S$2544 a year.
We will continue to work closely with the Ministry of Home Affairs and the Gambling Regulatory Authority to monitor the situation and assess whether further measures are necessary. In the meantime, we encourage individuals to exercise responsible behaviour and not bet beyond their means. Those who have concerns about their gambling behaviour can seek help through the National Council on Problem Gambling’s helpline or webchat services.