Lottery sales in China grew 6.3 percent last month and reached more than US$5 billion.
China.- The Ministry of Finance of China revealed that lottery sales increased to 6.3 percent year-on-year in March to US$5.5 billion. The results are a breeze of fresh air after two months of sales drops.
During the first quarter of the year the mainland territory increased lottery products by 4.9 percent annually to US$13.8 billion: welfare lottery sales amounted US$7.4 billion, 3.5 percent higher than the same quarter last year. Moreover, sports lottery sales totaled US$6.3 billion, a 6.6 percent increase year-on-year.
Whilst sales increased in 24 of 31 regions in China, Jiangxi, Gansu, Henan and Hubei, among others, experienced stellar performances in March. The Ministry of Finance also said that those three modalities experienced good results last month. Online sales are currently out of service on the Asian country, as the authorities said it’s a temporary measure.
Earlier this month, the Chinese Public Security Minister Guo Shengkun has asked international help to fight illegal gambling, and claimed that people that encourages Chinese tourists to gamble in other countries would be severely punishes by the government. Guo confirmed that any foreign operator who brings its services to mainland China with the intention to attract local citizens will be “severely punished.”