China lottery sales remain low due to Covid-19

Sales have recovered from April but remain down from last year.
Sales have recovered from April but remain down from last year.

Results for May were down 17.7 per cent on 2019 as the impact of the pandemic continues to show.

China.- Lottery sales in China continue to feel the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Authorities say China’s sports and welfare lotteries took in CNY29.22 billion (US$4.14bn) in revenue in May.

That’s an improvement on April’s CNY23.39 billion (US$3.3 billion) total, but still a decline of 17.7 per cent on figures for May 2019.

As could be expected, the majority of May’s revenue came from digital sales, which brought in CNY23.22 billion (US$3.28 billion) or 79.5 per cent of total revenue for the month.

Sales for quiz games dropped by 71.6 per cent to CNY2.72 billion (US$385 million), and instant win sales by 9.2 per cent, to CNY2.36 billion (USD334 million).

Video lottery sales also declined by 78.8 per cent to CNY916.1 million (US$129 million)

Total lottery sales in China for the first five months of 2020 fell by 49.2 per cent year-on- year to CNY90.33 billion (USD12.7 billion).

April saw lottery sales of CNY23.39 billion (about US$3.28 billion), and March CNY 10.51 billion (about US$1.48 billion), Xinhua agency reported.

The numbers from May suggest something of a recovery from the previous month as China slowly comes out of Covid-19 lockdown measures.

China’s welfare and sports lottery are the only legal forms of gambling in the country.

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