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China’s lottery ticket sales rise 50 percent from January to May, topping $31.5 billion

China’s lottery sales amounted to RMB225.2 billion ($31.5 billion) from January to May 2023, representing a year-on-year increase of 50 percent.

According to data released by the Ministry of Finance, welfare lottery sales amounted to RMB71.8 billion ($10 billion), representing a year-on-year increase of 16.2 percent. Sports lottery sales amounted to RMB153.4 billion ($21.5 billion), a significant increase of 73.7 percent.

Nationwide lottery sales jumped 62 percent on the year to RMB50.2 billion ($7 billion) in May, up 52.7 percent on the year. The lottery sales in May didn’t exceed April, as April’s sales reached the highest in a decade, with RMB50.3 billion ($7.03 billion). However, it still showed strong momentum, with economists saying young people in particular were keener to try their luck amid greater economic uncertainty in the wake of the pandemic.

In May, China’s Welfare Lottery sales were up 24.7 percent to RMB17.3 billion ($2.42 billion), and Sports Lottery sales were up 71.4 percent to RMB22.6 billion ($4.7 billion).

The Ministry of Finance notes that the increase was driven by the low sales base of the lottery last year and sports events. 

Viviana Chan
Viviana Chan
Viviana Chan is an editor, interpreter, and journalist. With over a decade of experience, she writes in English, Chinese, and Portuguese. Viviana started her career in Macau-based newspapers, where she became passionate about the region's social, financial, and cultural development. Her writing focuses on the economy, emerging industries, gaming development, political affairs, and cross cultural-exchange in the business and cultural domains. She is avid for news and eager to discover and cover stories that generate public relevance.



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