China’s lottery ticket sales increased 6.8% year-on-year in April, according to data from the Ministry of Finance.
As reported by China.org, the Ministry revealed sales of ¥31.07bn last month, accounting for more than 25% of the year’s first four months.
Lottery sales brought in ¥117.32bn from the start of January to the end of April, a rise of 3.2% Y-o-Y.
Under China’s lottery management rules, funds raised from ticket sales are used for administrative expenses, public welfare projects, and to fund prizes.
Sales of tickets to support the welfare system came in at ¥11.9bn during April, up 7.2% from the same period last year.
Meanwhile, lottery tickets sold to support the sports industry stood at ¥19.1bn, an increase of 6.5%.
April’s figures improve upon February’s which, despite enjoying a Y-o-Y increase of 16.6%, yielded only ¥22.5bn, over ¥8.5bn less than last month’s.
Data from the first two months of 2022 shows combined lottery sales of ¥53.3bn across January and February, split across the two lotteries, a figure which is easily trumped by the combined March and April sales of ¥64.02bn.
Across 2021, China’s Welfare and Sports Lotteries sales totalled ¥373.3bn, a growth of 12%.