SINGAPORE: Mystery prize vending machines – Vending machines offering “mystery” prizes may soon be a thing of the past, after the police issued a public advisory against them on Thursday (Aug 16).

 

In a statement, the police said they are aware some merchants are operating such machines in public areas, which dispense random prizes upon receipt of payments in cash.

“As this is a form of public lottery, it is an offence under Section 5(a) of the Common Gaming Houses Act,” they added.

“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.”

The number of such vending machines in Singapore has grown, with at least four operators setting up shop across the island in the last year.