The liquor business is providing good revenue not only to the government but also to the licensees. Those who get the license of the wine shops through the lottery system overnight, without doing any business are making up to Rs. 50 lakhs by selling the licenses. Some youth in Hyderabad are seen following this approach to make easy money.
Four or five friends would pool in Two Lakh Rupees to win the shop through the lottery. They participate in the lottery by paying the license fee of Rs 2 lakh. If the lottery hits, they sell the license in their name for up to Rs 50 lakh. If it hits, they get 50 Lakh Rupees. If not they lose, 2 Lakh Rupees. With such participation, the Government made huge money only through license fees.
There are a total of 615 liquor shops in the Greater Hyderabad, Secunderabad, Medchal, Malkajgiri, Samshabad, and Saroor Nagar areas. About 30 percent of the winners are new to the liquor business. Those who are already in the liquor business and do not get lucky in the lottery, shell up to Rs 50 lakh to get the license. In case, the bargain is not cut, the license holders are also being made partners in the business.