Sri Lanka is a South Asian island country located northeast of the Maldives and southeast of India. Officially known as the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, the island is home to a vast array of languages, cultures, and traditions. It is also home to a vast array of lottery games.
(Sri Lanka) The Sri Lankan National Lotteries Board which is the institution in charge of the organization, supervision and regulation of lotteries in the country boasts of 15 lottery games including the much-lauded Mahajana Sampatha, Supiri Vasana, Govi Setha and Vasana Sampatha among others. Each of these games has a part to play when it comes to the generation of funds for different sectors and ministries of the government and in the general development of the country. Two of the most renowned and most played Sri Lankan Lotteries are discussed below – Mahajana Sampatha and the Supiri Vasana.
Sri Lanka has a good number of lotteries which are regulated and supervised by the Sri Lankan National Lotteries Board. One of such lotteries is the Mahajana Sampatha. This lottery game is the oldest lottery game among all the other lottery games in Sri Lanka at present. The Mahajana Sampatha was originally referred to as the Jathika Sampatha until 1970 when its name was changed to Mahajana Sampatha. With the change of name came a reduction in the cost price of a ticket from Rs.2 to Rs.1. Eventually, the game started conducting electronic draws via electronic media and later, started weekly draws which were broadcast on television on May 10th, 1988. In an attempt to market the lottery further, daily draws referred to as Daily Chance was introduced on an experimental basis. These daily draws had 1,000 prizes of Rs. 5,000.
Currently, this lottery game has built its reputation as the best lottery game on the Sri Lankan island. On September 2nd, 2008, the cost per ticket for this lottery game was increased from Rs. 10 to Rs. 20. In addition, the game also implemented a new prize structure. The draws for the Mahajana Sampatha take place five times a week on all days of the week except Wednesdays and Saturdays, because of the draws of the Supiri Vasana which take place on these two days. Originally, there were no draws for the lottery on Sundays but because of the optimal performance of the game, the National Lotteries Board decided to add a Sunday draw. 16.5% of the total turnover of the Mahajana Sampatha is sent to a Consolidated Fund.
Prizes and Winnings
This game differs from many games in that it does not only take into consideration the number of balls matched, it also takes into consideration the direction in which the balls are matched. The Super Prize which is Rs. 10 million is won by hitting all six main numbers plus the Letter. The Letter acts as the Bonus number. However, to win this prize, a player would have to match the winning numbers and a letter from right to left. For example, if the winning numbers are 1, 14, 18, 36, 27 and 22 and the letter A, a player will have to match the numbers from left to right in the same order as they appear.
Other prizes exist for hitting the numbers correctly from right to left or from left to right. The first prize is won by hitting the last six numbers correctly from right to left. The prize is Rs. 2,000,000. The first prize for matching the first 5 numbers from left to right is Rs. 10,000. There is also a prize for matching the last number correctly or for matching the letter correctly. This prize amounts to Rs. 20 which is equal to the price of a Mahajana Sampatha ticket.
Another flagship lottery of the Sri Lankan National Lotteries Board is the Supiri Vasana. The Supiri Vasana was created as a means of raising funds for the Sri Lankan Ministries of Social Services and Sports. It was founded in 1999. The draws for this lottery game are held on Wednesdays and Saturdays every week. A portion (10%) of the total turnover of the game’s draw on Wednesday is given to the Ranaviru Seva Authority of Sri Lankan. Again, on Saturdays, 10% of the total turnover of the game is shared between the Ministries of Social Science and Sports.
The cost of the Supiri Vasana lottery ticket has increased over the years and its most recent increase was on September 2nd, 2008, when it was increased from Rs.10 to Rs.20. In addition to the increment in the cost of a ticket, the prize structure was also changed. In addition to the first prize of Rs.1 million, the new prize structure added a super prize of Rs.10 million and a range of other non-jackpot prizes. Again, in February 2010, the prize structure was again changed to make the lottery more attractive. On March 9th, 2011, the Supiri Vasana replaced another lottery, the Jayaviru lottery which operated on behalf of the Ministry of Defense and was meant to generate funds for the Sri Lankan Ravaniru Seva Authority.
At present, the Supiri Vasana lottery has nine different prize divisions. The Super Prize is won by hitting all the four main numbers plus the Super Number. The Super Prize as has been mentioned above is a cash prize of Rs.10 million. The first prize can be won by hitting all four winning numbers. The prize amount is Rs.1 million.
Other prizes exist for matching any amount of numbers with or without the Super Number. For example, the prize for matching 3 main numbers plus the Super Number is Rs. 50,000. There is also a prize for matching just the Super Number or any of the main number. The prize amount is Rs. 20. Of course, the more the numbers matched, the more the prize amount.
Apart from the two lotteries discussed above, Sri Lanka also has a good number of lotteries which they use to generate funds for different ministries, sectors and good causes. The Govi Setha, for example, was created in 1995 as a means to generate funds for the Farmer’s Trust Fund which seeks to improve the well-being of farmers while providing financial assistance where necessary. This lottery was created at the behest of the Ministry of Agriculture.
The Vasana Sampatha was created in 1994 to improve the standards of living of the citizens by giving them a chance to win cars, three-wheelers and household equipment such as sewing machines. Eventually, this lottery’s prize structure was changed which led to the introduction of a Super Prize of Rs. 10,000,000 and the first prize of Rs. 1,000,000. Other lotteries include the Airport Super Draw, the Jathika Sampatha, the Sampeth Rekha, the Mega Power, the Power Lotto and the Delakshapathi among others.