Mesmeric Gambling Instinct

It is a common case that lottery is a species of gambling. Gambling is considered as a pernicious vice by all civilized societies from time immemorial. Experience has shown that the common forms of gambling are comparatively innocuous when placed in contrast with widespread pestilence of lotteries. The former are confined to a few persons and places, but the latter infests the whole community; it enters every dwelling; it reaches every class; it preys upon the hard earnings of the poor; it plunders the ignorant and the simple.”

Hon’ble Justice R.K. Agrawal, All Kerala Online Lottery Dealers Association v. State of Kerala, [Civil Appeal No. 3518 of 2007].

It was pleaded, “online lotteries, mislead the general public by its mesmeric gambling instinct inherent in it.” The SC held, “The State of Kerala was well within its rights to prohibit the sale of online or internet lotteries in its State and there is no fault in it.”