What next for China’s booming lottery sector?

China’s lottery sector continues to boom, but uncertainty over how Beijing may react to the rapid growth continues to linger, with big questions over the future direction of online sales and sports betting. In recently announced figures, China’s Ministry of Finance said total lottery sales in 2018 enjoyed a 19.9 percent year-on-year increase to CNY 511.47bn ($75.85bn). The growth was powered by the China Sports Lottery, which during a World Cup year saw sales grow 36.8 percent to CNY 286.9bn ($42.55bn). For the first time, Sports Lottery sales outstripped those of the China Welfare Lottery, which saw a modest 3.5 percent year-on-year increase to CNY 224.56bn ($33.3bn). “Generally speaking, the administrations of the are happy to see the rapid increase of lottery revenues, which means funding for good causes increases accordingly” Dr. Haiping Chen, a researcher at the Lottery Research Centre of China at Beijing Normal University told AGB. “However, some...

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