New Bhutan government to revive India lottery sales

 

Tshering Tobgay, the incoming prime minister, said his People’s Democratic Party would revive Bhutan’s lottery following its surprise election victory last week on a platform of improving ties with India, noting that it had provided  a “substantial source of revenue” before its suspension in 2011 amid allegations of irregularities. “We will ensure that the lottery business is conducted in a lawful manner and all proceeds go to our education and health sectors,” Tobgay said. Five local companies submitted proposals to the outgoing government about reviving the lottery. Under a trade agreement, Bhutan lottery tickets can be sold in any Indian state that allows the sale of tickets from other Indian states. Bhutan is targeting annual lottery sales in India of 9.5 billion rupees ($160 million).