Kerala lottery overcomes COVID-19 crisis; records increase in weekly ticket sales

Thiruvananthapuram: The Kerala lottery department has made unprecedented gains in the weekly ticket sales in the state overcoming the crisis triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic, as the sales soared in the last few months.

In November 2020, the per-day sales reached up to 1.02 crore crore tickets.

This is the first such increase since the weekly ticket price was hiked to Rs 40, though sales have crossed the one crore mark in the past also, an official statement said.

The December sales figures also show that an average of more than 90 lakh lottery tickets were sold every day, it said. The weekly lottery tickets, which had lucky draws all the seven days a week, were completely cancelled for more than 90 days from March 2020, when the lockdown began.

Since then, the sales have increased from three days a week to five days except for Thursdays and Sundays, it said.