These days, the internet is raging with Satta Matka (or rather Satta). It is a form of lottery which is illegal in
India if played offline. It involves betting on some complex settings of numbers. Though the Fever of
Matka on the internet is new, the invention of the actual game dates back to the days before
independence. Satta matka
The beginning of satta matka
The Mataka started in India before independence. It involved betting on the opening and closing rates
of cotton from the Newyork Cotton Exchange. But, things completely changed post-1960 when The
Newyork Cotton Exchange stopped the practice.
The gamblers did not want to stop the gambling. Hence, came up with many alternatives. This is when
one gambler, Ratan Khatri introduced an idea of predicting the opening and closing rates of imaginary
products. To put in place this, people wrote numbers on paper chits and put in Matka (an Indian pot).
After this, any person drew out a random chit and declare the written number. The practice was much
like the fish pot these days.
Over time, the matkas were switched to playing cards. The gamesters would pick any three numbers
from the card deck. Even though, now it included cards, the name “Matka” was never changed. Then
after, there were many gamblers who introduced the game with their own rules and competed in the
The Matka business picked a rage in the 80s and 90s and made the business of around 500 crores per
month. And by the time, the Mumbai police chased the gamblers around, the business had come down
to Rs 100 crores a month.
The story of Matka got more interesting when it got digitalised
Now, not only the workers of the textile mills but everyone could play it. Even interesting, they did not
even have to visit any Matka shop. They could right play it right from their phones and computer