Sikkim government confirms loss of Rs. 4500 crore in lottery scam

India’s Enforcement Directorate (ED) has completed the interrogation of lottery king Santiago Martin, currently under investigation for money-laundering in connection with a lottery scam conducted by Santiago Martin and his associates.

ED officials added that based on their interrogation of Martin, it has been revealed that more than Rs. 4500 crores (approximately US$681 million) is unaccounted. They further suspect that money has been sent abroad through illegal channels.

Martin, his associate and various companies are facing a federal probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) for illegal sale of lotteries, not returning unsold tickets to the state government, rigging lottery winners, and more.

Martin, through his various affiliate and group companies is currently the official lottery distributor for various states including Sikkim, Mizoram, and Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC).