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Computerized welfare lottery sales hit 100 bln yuan


09:10, December 11, 2012

BEIJING, Dec. 10 (Xinhua) -- Annual sales of China's welfare lottery tickets distributed through computerized channels reached 100.1 billion yuan (15.9 billion U.S. dollars) by Dec. 8, the lottery management authorities said Monday.

A 19.99 percent year-on-year increase, the figure makes up 72 percent of the total sales of welfare lottery tickets so far this year, according to the Welfare Lottery Distribution and Management Center (WLDMC) under the Ministry of Civil Affairs.

Counterpart with instant games, the computerized welfare lottery has helped raise more than 33.3 billion yuan for the public lottery fund in 2012, the center said.

Computerized welfare lottery was launched in China in 1995. People from coastal regions including Guangdong, Jiangsu, Shandong, Liaoning and Zhejiang play computerized lotteries the most, according to the center.

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