China lottery 2013 sales surge 18.3 percent led by sports bets

    Sales in China’s state lottery jumped 18.3 percent to 309.33 billion yuan ($50.66 billion) in 2013, according to Ministry of Finance figures. Welfare lottery sales rose 16.9 percent to 176.53 billion yuan, while sports lottery sales lead the market with a 20.2 percent year-on-year gain to 132.80 billion yuan. The increase was attributed to new products and more outlets for online games.