What is Matka?
Matka is a simple lottery-style betting game which involves guessing two random numbers between 1-9.
Among several types of markets, you can win up to 999x your stake by correctly guessing the right sequence of numbers.
Card versions of Matka, which are enjoyed by Indian Casino users, have also been developed over the years.
How to play Matka
The game starts with the player picking their first set of three numbers between 0 and 9, for example: 1, 4, 7.
These three numbers are then added up – 1+4+7= 12. The first digit of that total number is dropped, leaving ‘2’.
The final selection then looks like 1, 4, 7*2.
The player then picks their second set of numbers in exactly the same way, for example: 2, 6, 8.
2+6+8=16, leaving you with 6 as the selection. The second set of numbers is therefore 2, 6, 8*6.
Once your full selection is confirmed – in this case, 1, 4, 7*2 X 2, 6, 8*6 – you choose your bet. There are a number of different bets you can place based on the numbers you have chosen, including a bet that would return 9x your stake on whether your first selection (in this case, 2) is correct.
After you have placed your bets, the winning numbers will be drawn randomly and all winning bets will be immediately paid out.
History of Matka
The game originated when bets used to be placed on the opening and closing numbers of the cotton rates that were sent to the Bombay Cotton Exchange from the New York Cotton Exchange.
That practise was outlawed in 1961, but the style of game continued when it was proposed that people could simply punt on randomly-generated numbers instead.
Pakistani Ratan Khatri proposed that the numbers be written on pieces of paper and drawn from a ‘matka’, a type of pot.
Although the way in which the numbers are drawn has changed over the years, the term ‘matka’ has survived.