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Inferior social status turns 7 mln Chinese into lottery addicts

(Beijing Times)

14:51, March 26, 2012

Edited and translated by Yao Chun, People's Daily Online

There are more than 200 million lottery players in China, among which 7 million are lottery addicts and 430,000 people are seriously wallowing in lottery, according to a survey released yesterday by Lottery Investigation Center of China.

Lottery addicts are people who cannot help buying lotteries. Most of these addicts are young people aged from 18 to 45, with relative low degree — high school degree or college degree — and low income —1500 to 3000 yuan per month.

These people feel they are inferior in social and economic position, said Chen Haiping, a doctor in psychology at Beijing Normal University. The survey also shows that men are more easily addicted to lottery than women.

Lottery addiction causes a series of social problems such as misappropriating public funds, stealing, household bankruptcies, which have a negative impact on the development of lottery industry.

It is a public issue rather than an individual phenomenon, so the government should pay high attention to this problem, strengthening the guidance on lottery players as well as establishing a mechanism to prevent, identify and treat lottery addiction.

Zhu Weiguo, commissioner of the Legislative Affairs Office of the State Council, suggested that the government should resolve lottery addiction by using lottery fund. It is also viable for lottery agencies to set up a rescue fund to cope with lottery addiction as well as carry out related follow-up investigation by using the bonuses abandoned by lottery players.

Lottery addiction has drawn great attention to lottery agencies which vowed to work together in this issue and related measures are expected to be announced soon.

Read the Chinese version at http://news.jinghua.cn/351/c/201203/26/n3666646.shtml

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