Lottery firms stop sales of tickets linked to downed Malaysian airliner

    Malaysian lottery firms have reportedly been forced to stop taking bets on numbers related to the Malaysian Airlines plane that was shot down over the Ukraine after the tickets were sold out, according to reports.
    Punters had been betting on the combination of 1717 and 777 since Friday. Flight MH17, a Boeing 777, was downed on July 17 over Ukraine.
    According to the report, Asian gamblers believe numbers associated with bad luck, such as car numbers at an accident site, will later bring good luck.
    The report pointed out that the ticket sales had not been stopped due to bad taste, but due to the fact too many people were buying. The companies would be forced to pay out too much should the number come up.
    Reuters reported that Da Ma Cai, Toto and Magnum outlets were showing 1717 was “sold out.”