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China's lottery sales rise 33.7 pct in first nine months


13:12, October 21, 2011

BEIJING, Oct. 21 (Xinhua) -- The Ministry of Finance announced on Friday that China's lottery sales rose 33.7 percent year-on-year to 157.77 billion yuan (24.8 billion U.S. dollars) during the first nine months.

Sales of welfare lottery tickets climbed 33.6 percent from one year earlier to 91.77 billion yuan, while sales of sports lottery tickets jumped 33.8 percent to hit 66 billion yuan during the same period, according to a statement posted on the ministry's website.

In September alone, sales of welfare lottery tickets rose 34.7 percent, while sales of sports lottery tickets increased 49.1 percent, partly due to the country's expanding sales network.

The statement said 31 provincial-level regions reported year-on-year gains in lottery sales during the first nine months. The biggest increase was recorded by Jiangsu Province, where sales rose by 6 billion yuan from the same period last year.


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