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Baloto (from IGT) the most popular lottery in Colombia it SPREAD by COVID
Publicado: 2020-11-05

Baloto, is the most popular lottery in Colombia which has already 102 winner since this popular game operates in the country, come to add a significant amount to the value of prizes that by lotteries and raffles Colombians earn each year, an amount that has also been depressed in a pandemic year.

Coljuegos data show that between January and August Colombians have won a little more than 91,151 million Colombian colombian pesos in bets and, of this total, the majority (66,418 million Colombian colombian pesos) have been between dry prizes and others, since in prizes Higher or large accumulated have been delivered this year 24,733 million colombian pesos.

In dry prizes, the value awarded this year is 12,168 million Colombiancolombian pesos and in the category of others the sum exceeds 54,249 million Colombiancolombian pesos.

However, the entity's figures show a 46 percent drop in the first eight months of the year, since in the first eight months of last year the prizes won by those who buy the Ballot or the lottery reached 167,769 million colombianpesos .

The figure does not include the month of April because in that month all the draws were suspended the sales of lotteries, chance and Baloto, but even, without taking into account that month of general closure, the decrease in the value earned is 43 percent , since without counting the fourth month, the amount delivered last year totaled 158,569 million colombian pesos.

According to Coljuegos, this year has seen negative variations in the values ​​delivered with respect to the same month last year.Thus, in January, when the prizes won totaled 15,275 million Colombian colombian pesos, the figure was 66 percent lower than the 45,591 million Colombian colombian pesos awarded in the same period of the previous year.

In February there was a small growth of 4 percent in the winning values ​​by the thousands of bettors throughout the country (they won 20,208 million colombian pesos), but in March the fall in the prizes was 29 percent, month in which the value of these totaled 9,885 million colombian pesos.

But the strongest falls occurred in May and June, months in which no jackpot fell, much less the accumulated Baloto.

In May, the prizes registered by Coljuegos totaled 3,864 million colombian pesos, with a drop of 72 percent compared to the fifth month of 2019, while in June, when the value earned was located in 9,154 million colombian pesos, the fall was of 70 percent when compared to the same month of 2019.

In July, the prizes won by Colombians who seek by chance the solution to their problems and needs totaled 13,131 million colombian pesos, but with a 19 percent drop compared to the seventh month of 2019. Last August, meanwhile, the value reached 19,630 million colombian pesos, growing 3 percent annually.

According to Coljuegos' figures and missing the four-month data, with the 56,500 millioncolombian pesos that will be delivered to the Cali winner, 101,730 million colombian pesos are missing in prize money to equal the value won by Colombians in 2019, which totaled 249,382 millions of colombian pesos.

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São Paulo opens bidding for lottery concessions. 

Baloto (from IGT) the most popular lottery in Colombia it SPREAD by COVID

The São Paulo government took a significant step two days ago Tuesday (11) about lottery games. An international tender was announced for the concession of lottery services.


Thus, the Official State Gazette has already published the decree, detailing all the rules for the dispute between interested parties. Many already consider the procedure as a new chapter in the history of betting in the state.


There will be 5 types of bets for the state of São Paulo

Thus, the bidding encompasses five types of bets, each with its own characteristics and attractions. In Timemania, for example, it will allow bettors to choose their favorite teams. In this type of bet, sports predictions involving the prediction of game scores are taken into account, so the bettor’s sports knowledge will make all the difference.


But the numerical prediction type lottery, similar to those that already exist and are organized by Caixa Econômica Federal, are completely random, giving much more excitement to the games.


Another modality is instant lotteries, also known as scratch cards, where the prizes are immediate.

But this is not São Paulo’s first attempt to privatize these services. In 2022, during the administration of João Doria and Rodrigo Garcia (PSDB), they wrote a similar decree.



Palácio dos Bandeirantes estimated a concession for 20 years at R$906 million. However, the dispute was suspended by the State Audit Court (TCE). The main reason was the existence of restrictive clauses and the lack of clarity in the economic-financial feasibility study.

Bariloche-Argentina could see its gaming market limited. 

Baloto (from IGT) the most popular lottery in Colombia it SPREAD by COVID

One of the most touristic cities in Argentina, Bariloche, could see its gaming market limited, since the Municipal Council will soon be able to debate a recently presented project to prohibit casinos and in-person gaming rooms.


The draft ordinance was presented days ago by councilors Leandro Costa Brutten and Julieta Wallace, who hope that the proposal will open debates on problems with gambling, the participation of minors in entertainment offers, among other axes.



Casinos are prohibited throughout the fabric of the city of Bariloche,” reads the first article of the project, which “aims to reconfigure the facilities for the gaming halls category, which to date have no geographical restrictions,” as reported in Rionegro.



Given the current panorama, the councilors addressed the challenges that the new regulation would face, since the Argentine company Casino Club has a license from the provincial regulator, the Río Negro Lottery, to operate casinos until 2040.


Under this agreement, the government demands from the company a fee set by the province of a payment of 4.2 million dollars and destined for the construction of the new terminal in this city. The proposal is in line with several regulatory projects presented in the Argentine provinces and at the national level, to stop the exponential growth that the gaming industry is seeing in the country.


Coljuegos, defend KENO for Chance operators in Colombia. 

Baloto (from IGT) the most popular lottery in Colombia it SPREAD by COVID

Coljuegos, the regulatory entity for games of chance in Colombia, reported that the traditional Chinese game called Keno does not have current regulations in the country and, therefore, cannot be marketed by any operator in Colombian territory.


According to the entity's board of directors, Keno is not included in the category of Internet games with immediate prizes, which is why the exploitation of any similar type of game is not authorized, neither virtually nor locally.


We have already presented the Keno regulations to the board of directors. Currently, this game is constituted as an illegal practice, since said board determined through Agreement 06 of 2023 that it is not a type of immediate prize and, until it is regulated and awarded, it has no legal basis to operate,"


Coljuegos also warned that those who market this game could be subject to administrative sanctions contemplated in Law 643 of 2001. In addition, all elements used for the operation of the game may be seized by the authorities. It is worth mentioning that, recently, the Superior Court of Bogotá issued a second instance decision that ratifies the ban on Keno in the national territory because there is no regulation or surveillance to protect bettors.


Once again, Colombian casino operators promote a sit-in in Coljuegos. 

Baloto (from IGT) the most popular lottery in Colombia it SPREAD by COVID

On June 6, 2024, groups of operators are calling again for a sit-in in front of the Coljuegos offices "since it has systematically and harmfully failed to comply with the commitments acquired months ago by the legal department of this entity", according to the statement.

See here what Coljuegos promised to the operators and what it failed to fulfill [video]


The organizing committee is the same one that on October 2, 2023 brought together more than 200 operators from all over the country who, tired of not being heard, protested and who were assisted by the then director of the legal area who promised to evacuate the procedures blocked before on October 26 of the same year, without this commitment being honored.



Betting and games of chance in Panama recover in March, while the lottery falls more than 10%. 

Baloto (from IGT) the most popular lottery in Colombia it SPREAD by COVID

In March 2024, betting and games of chance began to recover, registering an increase of 2.5% compared to the same period last year; while the sale of chances and lottery tickets decreased by 12.7%, according to the latest report on leisure activities from the National Institute of Statistics and Census of the Comptroller General of the Republic.



Based on the official report, the total of activities such as: racetrack, bingo halls, gaming tables, type “A” slot machines, betting rooms for sporting events and games of luck and chance over the internet, amounted to $87 .6 million, compared to $85.5 million as of March 2023.



The monthly behavior of the current year is $29.7 million in January; about $28.0 million in February and $29.8 million in March, to total $87 million.


Gambling operators reported $1.5 million in racetrack bets; bingo halls, with $241 thousand; the gaming tables, with $6.5 million; type “A” slot machines, with $73.8 million; betting rooms for sporting events, with $1.2 million, games of luck and chance over the internet, with $4.2 million.


Meanwhile, last year (2023) gambling operators reported to the Gaming Control Board (JCJ) of the Ministry of Economy and Finance that: racetrack $1.8 million; the bingo halls, with $279 thousand; gaming tables, with $7.6 million; type “A” slot machines, with $71.2 million; betting rooms for sporting events, with $1.2 million and games of luck and chance over the internet, with $3.2 million.

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