China’s lotteries led growth in the Asia Pacific region in 2013, which overall rose 13.1 percent, according to the World Lottery Association. China’s Sports Lottery grew by 20.2 percent and its Welfare Lottery was up 16.9 percent. On the other hand, Japan’s Takara-kuji lottery saw its sales fall for the twelve months to December 2013, largely because of the very positive response of the Japanese public to the one-off special lottery held in February 2012 to raise funds for reconstruction work after the Great East Japan Earthquake of March 2011. For the nine months April–December 2013, sales at the Takara-kuji lottery were up by 4 percent on sales for the corresponding period of 2012. Global lottery sales gained 4.9 percent down from growth of 7.7 percent the year ago.