The State Government with an objective to generate and raise its revenue to promote fund for various developmental activities and social importance, has been conducting, organizing and promoting State lotteries by appointing Marketing Agents/Distributors by means of open National level Tender in accordance with the provision of the Lotteries (Regulation) Act, 1998 (Central Act 17 (a) 1998) and the rules made there under. At present, the State Government of Sikkim is drawing 24 lotteries (08 paper lotteries and 16 online lotteries) which are marketed through 3 (three) Marketing Agents/Distributors appointed for the purpose. This is in conformity with the rule 3(vi) of the Lotteries (Regulation) Rules, 2010.
Apart from lotteries, casinos and online games & sports games are under the administrative control of the Directorate of Sikkim State Lotteries.
In order to generate more government revenue for the State, the Sikkim online games & sports gaming was introduced by the State of Sikkim in the year 2015-2016. The concept of the game is to be played through intranet (terminals) which cannot traverse outside the State of Sikkim. To regulate Sikkim online games & sports gaming, the Sikkim Online Gaming (Regulation) Act, 2008 and the Sikkim Online Gaming (Regulation) Amendments Act, 2009 was introduced. Till date, the Directorate of Sikkim State Lotteries has issued 02 online games & sports gaming licenses.
In the State of Sikkim, two numbers of casino licenses have been issued to the hotels having 5 star Hotel facilities under the Sikkim Casino games (Control & tax) Act, 2002. The casino license is normally issued on the basis of fulfillment of criteria laid down.
Apart from revenue collection from online gaming, sports gaming & casinos, this sector has been able to generate more employment to the locals. In fact near about 550 locals are employed in this sector.
Regulation on Entry
In order to safe guard the interest of local people the State Government vide notification No Fin/DSSL/III/2010/247/167 dated 4th July 2016 has banned the entry of locals to casinos.