Various key events in Singapore and around the world have caused a decline in tourism and commercial life, including a slowdown in lottery and sports betting. This has impacted the bottom line of many businesses, including those who operate lotteries and retail shops that sell lottery tickets. The government is monitoring the situation closely and will work with industry stakeholders to determine if additional measures are needed to address problem gambling.
The national lottery in Singapore is run by the Singapore Pools, a subsidiary of the Tote Board, a statutory body under the Ministry of Finance. Its products include 4-D, Toto and Singapore Sweep as well as sports betting on association football and motor racing. It is the only legal operator of the games in Singapore and also operates horse races.
To play Singapore 4D, players choose a four-digit number and place bets on it. Prize money is won when the winning numbers appear in any of the five available prize categories. The game is also popular in Malaysia and Germany where it’s known as Pick 4. A flexible betting structure enables players to choose different bet options, influencing the size of the prize they win.
The Toto Lottery draws are held every Monday and Thursday at 6:30 pm (SG time). Tickets can be purchased at Singapore Pools outlets across the island. The lottery has a reputation for being one of the most popular types of gambling in Singapore, with 43 percent of those who bought tickets in the last 12 months having won at least once.