Simon’s Myanmar Lottery and Gambling Guide

The picture features the ancient temples of Myanmar. This is the header image of my gambling guide to Myanmar. In Myanmar lottery is the only form of gambling, which is legal.

Myanmar Lottery and Casino Guide


Myanmar, officially the Republic of the Union of Myanmar and also known as Burma is a sovereign state located in South Asia. Myanmar shares borders with Bangladesh, India, China, Laos, and Thailand. Myanmar has an uninterrupted coastline along the Bay of Bengal and the Andaman Sea.

Myanmar became a British colony in the 19th century (following 3 Anglo-Burmese Wars) and remained a British territory till 1948. After gaining its independence, Myanmar operated as a democratic nation but due to a coup in 1962 became a military dictatorship. The dictatorship ended in 2011 but many party leaders are former military officers.

Myanmar is rich in jade, gems, oil, natural gas and other mineral resources, however, the income gap is the largest in the world as the supporters of the former military dictatorship control a large portion of the economy. According to the Human Development Index (HDI), Myanmar placed 150th from the 187 countries researched in 2014.*

Gambling in Myanmar is completely illegal (except for lottery and online lottery), only tourists allowed to take part in such activities. Despite these regulations, there weren’t any prosecutions or arrests regarding gambling. Currently, 5 casinos are operating in Myanmar targeting tourists, 2 in Tachilek, 2 in Thahtay Kyun, and one in Chiang Saen. Online gambling is illegal too, but players are not prosecuted. Many offshore online casinos are accepting players from Myanmar.

The only form of gambling,which is legal is the Myanmar Lottery (which is available online too) called, Aungbarlay (“you may win”). The lottery is a state monopoly.


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*2015 Human Development Report Summary





Casino gambling in Myanmar


Online casino gambling in Myanmar: illegal, players are not prosecuted


Gambling is illegal in Myanmar for local, but there are 5 casinos, where tourists can play. These are: The Golden Triangle Paradise Resort in Chiang Saen, Allure Resort, Regina Entertainment Resort in Tachilek and the Andaman Club & Casino and the Treasure Island in Thahtay Kyun.

However, online gambling is barely regulated and Myanmarian citizens can play any type of casino games in foreign online casinos (it’s illegal technically, but the government only fines domestic online casinos and players are never prosecuted).

The following online casinos accept players from Myanmar:




Bingo in Myanmar


Online bingo in Myanmar: illegal, players are not prosecuted


Bingo is a very popular for of gambling around the world, especially in the US. In Myanmar, all type of gambling are illegal but tourists are allowed to play in land-based casinos. There is no information about existing land-based Bingo halls in Myanmar, though.



Poker in Myanmar


Online poker in Myanmar: illegal, players are not prosecuted


Arguably poker is the most popular casino game of all time. The main reasons behind its ever growing popularity are the constant television broadcasts and world championships. Many consider poker as a game of skill rather than a game of luck, but it still counts as a form of gambling so it is illegal for Myanmarian citizens. Gambling is legal for tourists, so they can play poker in Myanmar’s casinos, though. Online poker is illegal for Myanmarian citizens too but if they decide to engage in such activity online they won’t be prosecuted. Many foreign online casinos are accepting players from Myanmar.


Sports betting in Myanmar


Online sports betting in Myanmar: illegal, players are not prosecuted


Sports betting is one of the most common forms of gambling out there. Myanmar’s national sports are martial arts and chinlone. Chinlone is a combination of dance and sport without an opposing team. The focus is not on winning or losing but how beautifully one plays the game. Due to it being illegal in Myanmar, Myanmarian citizens aren’t allowed to bet on their favorite teams legally. However, tourists are allowed to bet on sports because it’s legal for them. Online sports betting is illegal too, but if Myanmarian citizens make bets on an online platform they won’t be prosecuted.



Lottery in Myanmar


Online lottery in Myanmar: illegal, players are not prosecuted


Arguably, the lottery is the most common form of gambling around the world. It’s safe to say that a country where gambling is legal has a national lottery. Gambling is illegal in Myanmar but the country has a national lottery for its citizens called Aungbarlay. The first lottery in Myanmar was introduced back in 1878 during the reign of King Thibaw Min in an attempt to raise state revenues. Due to some issues (conflicts of interest, and condemnation against gambling by Buddhist monks to name a few) the lottery ended in 1880. The current lottery was introduced by the British in 1938 and it is still the only legal form of gambling for Myanmarian citizens. The national lottery is drawn monthly and generates an estimated US$30 million per year for the government.* The lottery is administered by the Ministry of Finance’s State Lottery Department. The lottery tickets are printed at the same location as the country’s money and passports (Wazi, Magwe Region).*Some reports say that Myanmarian citizens tend to play illegal lotteries around the country despite the national lottery being legal.



*Myanmar Times: The Big Pay-Off – Demystifying The State Lottery

*Myanmar Times: Background Check – Myanmar’s Banking History

Bitcoin gambling in Myanmar


Bitcoin gambling in Myanmar: not regulated


Bitcoin is a digital currency often referred to as a “cryptocurrency” first introduced in 2008. It quickly became popular around the world as an alternative form of payment. Bitcoin gambling appeared shortly after the introduction of Bitcoin and its popularity is growing fast as more and more online casinos started to specialize in it. Bitcoin is still a relatively new phenomenon, so only just a handful of countries issued laws concerning it. In Myanmar, there aren’t any specific laws concerning Bitcoin gambling or Bitcoin in general as of now.



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This page is part of Simon’s List – Legal Status of Online Gambling – a definitive guide to the legal status of all forms of online gambling activities in every country around the world.


Last updated: 2016.01.11.

Simon's Myanmar Lottery and Gambling Guide
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Simon's Myanmar Lottery and Gambling Guide
An overview of gambling's legal status in Myanmar.

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  1. Deepam says:

    Are private lotteries legal in Myanmar? Can someone establish his own lottery ?

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