China lottery sales up 8.3 percent in Oct

China’s lottery sales rose 8.3 percent year-on-year to CNY 33.8 billion (US$4.9 billion) in October, according to the Ministry of Finance.

Sales of welfare lottery tickets increased 6 percent year-on-year to CNY 17.3 billion in October, while sports lottery sales jumped 10.9 percent to CNY 16.5 billion, said the ministry in a statement.

Lottery sales in Hunan province, as well as Shandong, Hubei, Shaanxi and Henan provinces posted large increases in lottery sales.

Year to date, total lottery sales stood at CNY 323.6 billion, an increase of 6.7 percent from a year earlier.