China lottery sales down 9.4 percent in February

Lottery sales in mainland China saw a decrease of 9.4 percent year on year, to RMB22.5 billion (US$3.5 billion), according to recent figures released from the country’s Ministry of Finance.

Welfare lottery sales went down 5.2 percent to RMB12.3 billion in February compared to the year before, and sports lottery dropped 14.1 percent to RMB1.7 billion.

In March last year, China’s government made the move to suspend online lottery sales, with the Ministry of Finance pointing to “rampant irregularities” in online lottery sales in the country. Coupled with China’s slowing economy, lottery sales fell 3.8 percent in 2015.