Police Advisory On Vending Machines Dispensing Mystery Prizes In Singapore

The Police are aware that some merchants are operating vending machines in public areas, which dispense random mystery prizes upon receipt of cash payments. As this is a form of public lottery, it is an offence under Section 5(a) of the Common Gaming Houses Act.

Any person found guilty shall be liable on conviction to a fine of not less than $20,000 and not more than $200,000 and shall also be punished with imprisonment for a term not exceeding five years.

Existing merchants operating such vending machines are advised to cease these operations. Police will take enforcement actions against merchants who continue to contravene the law.

Source: Singapore Police Force

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