The Singapore game of TOTO (also known by different names in other countries) is a legalised form of lottery sold by the Tote Board, a statutory body that oversees the country’s lottery and sports betting operations. The popular game is the second most famous method of gambling in Singapore, behind 4-Digits, and tickets can be purchased at any of the recognised outlets across the country. Draws are conducted every Monday and Thursday at 6:30 pm Singapore time. In case of a cascade draw, the drawing time will be moved to 9.30 pm.
According to the NGPS’ latest figures, Singaporeans are spending more money on lottery and sports betting than ever before. The good news is that this pent-up demand has not led to an increase in problem gambling. In fact, the number of Singaporeans seeking help for gambling problems has remained unchanged over the past decade.
But there are still those who have fallen prey to lottery scams. The Straits Times recently reported a case where an elderly woman was cheated out of SG$507,000 in a lottery scam. Police are urging the public to beware of anyone offering big financial windfalls or asking for money transfers.
As a responsible operator, Singapore Pools takes responsible gaming seriously. They have a dedicated page for responsible gaming, and their website clearly states that players should bet within their means and not bet more than they can afford to lose. The company also offers a number of ways for gamblers to seek help if they have a problem, including the National Council on Problem Gambling’s hotline and webchat.