Satta Matka is one of the traditional and popular lottery games in India. Till 1961, players could play Matka Games by placing bets on the opening and closing rates of cotton. The New York Cotton Exchange was transmitting the opening and closing rates of cotton to the Bombay Cotton Exchange using teleprinters. But the New York Cotton Exchange stopped transmitting the cotton rates to the Bombay Cotton Exchange in 1961.
In 1961, the organizers revamped both format and rules of the Matka Game. Matka Game was launched as a number-based lottery game. The players had the option to place bets by choosing numbers ranging from 0 to 9. Also, they have the option to participate in Matka draws taking place in various parts of Bombay, including Worli. The lottery game reached its peak during the 1980s and 1990s when weekly betting volume exceeded 500 crores.
Frequent police raids and crackdowns affected the growth and popularity of the lottery game in Maharashtra in the 1990s. But many dealers and organizers made Satta Matka popular outside Maharashtra during the 1990s. The popularity of this number-based lottery game surged in several states, including Gujarat, Rajasthan, and Goa.
The consistent and steady increase in smartphone penetration rate in India has made Satta Matka a popular alternative to online lotteries in the twenty-first century. Most players these days leverage websites and mobile apps to play Matka Games remotely and safely. They rely on various websites to know the schedule of various Matka draws as well as know to Matka draw results.