Kerala Lottery Online – Too good to be true?
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I recently exchanged emails with a reader who told me he had made a Kerala lottery online purchase.
I knew there were vendors out there that offered players the chance to purchase Kerala lottery tickets online but hadn’t heard or read any complaints about the services.
So it came to a surprise for me when the reader brought up a big problem that apparently not only had happened to him but others in the past as well.
Therefore I decided to make this article informing you all why it’s not good to buy Kerala lottery tickets online.
Why You Should NOT Purchase Kerala Lottery Tickets Online
In my opinion there are many reasons why you shouldn’t make a Kerala lottery online booking but two main ones – Safety and Winner Claims.
There are too many moving parts and places where things can go wrong. First, you have to put a lot of trust in the vendor. The sites I checked that sell Kerala lottery tickets by post didn’t have any testimonials and little to no information on who is behind the service. A little bit too shady for me.
Secondly, the ticket has to arrive safely. I do not know about you but I don’t have the best experience with mail in India. Things arrive late, broken or not at all. Furthermore, if a ticket is in any way damaged the Kerala lottery won’t accept it to claim a prize.
Lastly, Kerala is among the state lotteries that has had problems with counterfeited tickets which increases the risk of being scammed.
Denied Winner Claims
This is the crazy subject that I was discussing with the reader, the problems to claim prizes if you are from outside of Kerala. Citizens from states where lottery is legal are allowed to buy Kerala tickets but there is some fineprint.
Previously Kerala had a policy that only residents of Kerala were allowed to claim prizes but it was deemed unlawful since sales were allowed to residents outside of the state. This policy was then changed to that Kerala lotto tickets were only allowed to be sold in the state of Kerala meaning that winners need to provide proof that they made the purchase in Kerala.
This makes all tickets sold online to residents of other states invalid. The Kerala State lottery will not only deny winners that have bought lotto tickets online but they will take you to court as well.
So let’s summarize the dangers of purchasing Kerala lottery tickets online from other states.
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Winners That Were Denied Their Prizes
There are several news stories regarding Kerala lotto winners that have been denied their prizes due to the fact that they are no citizens of the state. These stories are exclusively in regards to big prizes of 75 lakhs up to 1 crore and have only been published because they went to court.
The amount of winners that have been denied the money they rightfully won is even higher. Just imagine if there are multiple stories of big winners going to court, how many smaller prize winners have been denied their money that can’t afford to go to court and don’t get the attention they deserve!
Let’s take a look at some of the winners that went to court.
Kishan Chand, a travelling textile merchant, won 1 crore from the Karunya lottery but was denied his win based on the fact that he was not a citizen of Kerala.
He got attention after he had battled the lottery department for more than 7 months and after not getting his rightful jackpot decided to sit-in before the Government Secretariat. He said he would “Fight for justice in the Gandhian way”.
P Senthilkumar of Chennai is another winner that got cheated out of his win for the exact same reason. He purchased a ticket in Palakkad in Kerala but was later denied his prize money of 75 lakh because he was not a resident of Kerala. He tried to get justice by taking legal action but to no avail.
Post Order Sales Sites
As mentioned there are several sites where you can purchase Kerala lottery tickets online. I have analyzed each site thoroughly and I am impressed… of how shady they are. So to further prove my point that you should avoid making a Kerala lottery online purchase I am going to make short reviews on the biggest sites.
Buykeralalottery.in is the online sales point of Krishna Lucky Centre which is a Directorate of Kerala State Lotteries, Govt. of Kerala approved Lottery Agency in Trivandrum, Kerala.
The fact that this is a government approved lottery centre is what really makes me upset. The tickets are not allowed to be sold outside of Kerala but this site openly explains that it is both government approved and sells tickets to other states.
It is like the Kerala government wants tickets to be sold to residents outside of the state so they can deny them jackpots and keep the money themselves, horrible!
The fakest of all sites was definitely seminarsonly. Not only is the structure of the site terrible but it also tries to cheat their winners out of their prize money. This site was one of the vendors that the reader I emailed had problems with.
The reader asked how he should claim any wins and the vendor answered that tickets that win less than 5 000 INR can be sent back to the vendor. Bigger prizes need to proof of visit or residence and the vendor offered to help him forge documents… hardly something you want to do.
As for sending back winning tickets, as soon as you send it back you will never see your prize money since the vendor will claim it as his own.
Keralalotteryonline.in is the website I had hoped for since they actually showed winners they had or at least I thought so. Quickly I realized they used stories of winners of the Kerala lottery not related to them and tried to use them as proof that they had winners. They even posted the story of Mohijul Rahima Sheikh that I previously wrote about.
Furthermore they take no responsibility for the post meaning they might not even send you tickets and just say that they got lost in the post…
No real winners, just scams.
Buykeralalottery.com or the Karunya Lottery Agency as they also go by don’t even bother to send you tickets that you buy online. This site is nothing but a pure scam.
Just read some of the google reviews I found.
How to Buy Online Lottery Tickets Safely
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