In the 1960s, a newly independent Singapore started on the road of nationhood. Back then, there was a serious problem of triads and illegal gambling syndicates. It was against this backdrop that Singapore Pools (Private) Limited was set up by the government on 23 May 1968.
The following are the milestones of Singapore's legal lottery operator:
Revamp of the Singapore Sweep tickets on 5 July, with new look and game play. New Sweep tickets resemble that of 4D and Toto, printed on-demand basis, with new selection formats that allow players to choose either the first or last four digits of their set of seven-digit numbers. In addition, launch of the 100 Sweep also took place on the same day. Players can buy 100 sets of numbers in running sequence with the last two digits ranging from 00 to 99.
Co-hosted the World Lottery Summit from 6 to 9 Nov, the second time in 10 years.
Launched an enhanced Singapore Pools Account service on 25 Oct that allows customers to place bets online.
Achieved re-certification to Level 4 of the World Lottery Association Responsible Gaming Framework, the highest global standard of responsible gaming, in Dec 2015.
Launched iTOTO and Group TOTO, two new ways to share a bet, on 17 Nov.
Achieved highest standard for information security management system and integrity controls (WLA-SCS:2012 and IEC/ISO27001:2013).
Changed the TOTO game to a ‘6-out-of-49’ format.
Awarded international accreditation for high standard of information security and integrity controls.
Achieved the SS 564 Green Data Centre Standard, and became one of the pioneer organisations in Singapore to be recognised for its energy efficent Data Centre.
Won BCA Green Mark GoldPlus Award for Singapore Pools Building.
Officially opened the 12-storey Singapore Pools Building at Middle Road on 28 April.
Achieved Level 4 of the World Lottery Association Responsible Gaming Framework, the highest global standard of responsible gaming.
Launched premium sports betting venues, Livewire (Resorts World Sentosa) and Livewire (Marina Bay Sands).
Offered sports betting on Formula One races.
Opened first sports betting venue at PoMo (former Paradiz Centre) to offer 'live' betting.
Launched first Responsible Gaming Programme.
Co-hosted the World Lottery Association Convention and Trade Show, which was held for the first time in Asia.
Launched telephone betting.
Introduced Scratchit!, a scratch-n-win game.
Became a subsidiary of Tote Board, took over Singapore Turf Club branches and started conducting 4D Draws.
Launched iShine, the staff community programme.
Received the highest honour by Community Chest (ComChest) for Singapore Pools' unwavering support and commitment to ComChest
Launched international football betting.
Renamed 4D-Sweep to 4D Draw.
Conducted the first TOTO Hongbao Draw, reaching a jackpot prize of $11m.
Moved office to Paradiz Centre at Selegie Road.
Launched football betting on the S.League in support of professional football development in Singapore.
Changed the TOTO game to a ‘6 out-of 45’ format.
Inaugurated 4D-Sweep, a 4D game based on the Singapore Sweep draw results.
Changed the format of TOTO from ‘5-out-of-49’ to ‘6-out-of-42’.
Moved office to International Plaza.
Launched 4-Digit number game and moved from manual operations to computerised gaming system.
Became subsidiary of Temasek Holdings.
Moved from first office in Percival Road to Columbo Court.
Introduced Singapore Sweep with $400,000 as the first prize.
Introduced TOTO which was sold from standalone booths.