The most popular games for lottery players in Singapore are Toto and 4-D. These two lotteries are organized by Singapore Pools and can be bought from a number of outlets.
The private Lotteries Act defines lottery as a game or method of obtaining or receiving a prize. If a person is found to be betting with an unlicensed or illegal operator, he may face fines up to SGD10,000.
The Tote Board is a statutory body that governs horse racing and sports betting in Singapore. It also oversees lottery operator Singapore Pools and Singapore Sweep.
In 2004, Singapore Pools took over 4-D. The new format allowed for more standard gameplay and offered greater payouts. This was welcomed by punters.
After the release of COVID-19 restrictions in 2016, the amount of money gambled increased. As a result, the results of lottery products have improved.
For the financial year ending March 2017, total gambling expenditures amounted to SGD9.2 billion. This was an increase of 43% from the previous year. Moreover, online gambling has become more common.
In order to play Toto, players must select six numbers from a pool of 1 to 49. Each ticket has a one in a million chance of winning.
Four-D or four-digit lottery is another popular form of lottery in Singapore. There are five draw officials that oversee the draw. A cash prize is awarded depending on the rank of the numbers drawn. Any person above the age of 18 can attend the draw.