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China Welfare Lottery

The China Welfare Lottery has been providing games to help boost the health and happiness of underprivileged people since 1987. Games such as Double Colour Ball, Seven Lottery and Fucai 3D offer chances to win fantastic prizes throughout the week, and a portion of the money from every ticket sale goes towards funding welfare projects throughout China.

Double Colour Ball

Double Colour Ball is the Welfare Lottery’s longest-running game. Draws take place every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday, and to play you need to select six red numbers from 1 to 33 and one blue number between 1 and 16. There are six different ways to win, and the prize fund can top 100 million yuan (HK$115 million).

Lucky 7

Match seven numbers to win up to 5 million yuan (HK$5.7 million) in Seven Lottery. Draws are held every Monday, Wednesday and Friday and to play the game you simply choose seven numbers from 1 to 30. When the draw takes place, an extra ball known as the Special Number is also selected, giving you even more opportunities to win.

3D Lottery

Fucai 3D is a daily game in which a winning three-digit number from 000-999 is drawn. You can choose to try and match the winning line in various combinations, from correctly guessing a single number to matching all three in the exact order they appear. The top prize is 1,040 yuan (HK$1,200) and the game costs 2 yuan (HK$2.30) per bet.

China Welfare Lottery Rules

You must be at least 18 years of age to play Welfare Lottery games. Prizes must be claimed within 60 days of a draw taking place. If you do not come forward to claim your prize within this period, the money will be allocated to the public welfare fund. You must have a valid lottery ticket to be able to claim a prize and you will not be paid out if the entry has been damaged or altered in such a way that it can no longer be identified. You may need to provide proof of identification before receiving your prize money.

About China Welfare Lottery

The China Welfare Lottery is a state-run lottery provider that distributes the money raised from ticket sales to a variety of good causes. When the company started in 1987 it was based in Shijiazhuang and tickets totalling tens of millions of Hong Kong dollars were sold every year. The games the Welfare Lottery offered gradually increased in popularity across China and now annual sales surpass 200 billion yuan (HK$230 billion).

The elderly, the disabled, the poor and the vulnerable have all received support. Over 1.6 trillion yuan (HK$1.8 trillion) was spent on China Welfare Lottery tickets in its first 30 years, generating more than 500 billion yuan (HK$574 billion) for public welfare funds. Over 300,000 social welfare and charitable projects benefited during that time, and more than 400,000 jobs were created.

The Welfare Lottery was the first lottery provider to be authorised by the Chinese government, and was solely responsible for administering games until the Sports Lottery was introduced in 1994 to put a greater emphasis on sporting projects and offer even more ways to win.

The China Welfare Lottery offers three games – Double Colour Ball, Lucky 7 and 3D Lottery, so you can play for great prizes every day!

The World’s Second Largest Lottery — In China — Is Set To Become Even Bigger

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TIANJIN, CHINA – 2016/02/23: A little girl buys lottery tickets from a sports lottery booth in a . [+] railway station. (Photo by Zhang Peng/LightRocket via Getty Images)

The China Sports Lottery is one of the few legal avenues for betting in the country, but it’s a pretty big avenue and it’s growing. Sales climbed to $16.5 billion in the first quarter of 2018 as it became the second largest lottery in the world. Legalized gambling is on the rise in China, and soon, match-betting will more than double in June.

The China Sports Lottery is one of two lotteries in China, along with the Welfare Lottery. Unlike the Welfare Lottery, though, the sports lottery involves an element of gaming: punters can predict outcomes of international soccer matches and levy wages on the results. It’s popular, and has seen healthy growth for years. The latest figures from March show sales at 40 billion yuan ($6.2 billion), a 6% rise from last year. For the first quarter, sales grew 18.3% year-on-year.

That growth is about to balloon. During the 2014 FIFA World Cup, held in Brazil in June, the China Sports Lottery’s match-betting sales jumped 384.3% , compared to the previous June. The single month’s total of 9.62 billion yuan was impressive at the time, but this June will dwarf it, if you can take the run-up to two tournaments as any indication. In 2014, March sales were good, at 5.9 billion yuan. ($949 million, at that time). This year, March took in 40 billion yuan ($6.2 billion) in sales.

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And while Hong Kong police are beginning to gear up to handle the expected surge in illegal gambling that accompanies a World Cup, Chinese police have been at work for months, ensuring most of that surge in bets runs through the lottery system.

A shrinking underground

“Sports Lottery Radio,” a new podcast created by lottery and news app Catjc and podcast hosting firm Ximalaya, runs each night for four hours with a gaggle of hosts. Some above-board contributors use their real names, while other pseudonymous commentators like Lion King, Moral Brother and Once Prosperous are more clandestine.

The mix of commentators fits the audience, a country of gamblers half-submerged in shady business and half-surfaced in the open air. And through a series of massive raids on illegal online gambling operations, the population’s mass is slowly rising to official betting channels.

XINJIANG, CHINA – MAY 21: (CHINA MAINLAND)A sick baby Capra ibex was rescued by police on 21 May . [+] 2018 in Jinghe,Xinjiang, China.(Photo by TPG/Getty Images)

The number of arrests, and the amount of profits seized, is staggering.

Last week, one set of raids in the southern cities of Shenzhen, Guangzhou, and Jieyang nabbed 150 suspects. The group had supposedly raked in an estimated 400 million yuan ($62.7 million). On May 8 th , police announced 36 arrests, and seizures of more than 65 million yuan ($10.2 million). On May 4, Chongqing police made only two arrests, but took more than 350 million yuan ($55 million) in cash won through 13 websites with more than 100,000 users in total. At that time, the city’s police force announced they had made 453 arrests since February. A pair of raids in March and April together took 140 suspects and seized 85 million yuan ($13.4 million) in funds and 130 million ($20.2 million) in property. In one raid in central China, police used aerial drones to survey the headquarters of illegal gambling sites.

A new “Liberal Market Zone”

While police have cracked down on gambling at one end of the law, legislators are expected to lighten up at the other.

The latest Five Year Plan, a regular announcement of intent for forthcoming policies from China’s national government most recently released in 2016, includes accelerated growth and innovation in China’s sports lottery. And this year, the government announced plans to transform the touristy island province of Hainan into a horse racing and sports lottery hub. While horse racing is allowed in some areas of China, betting is currently illegal. If all goes to plan, Hainan will one day compete with the $33 billion casino industry in Macao, which remains the world’s largest gambling center and the main destination of mainland Chinese looking to bet.

SANYA, CHINA – APRIL 28: Guo Guangchang, Chairman of Fosun International,attends the Grand Opening . [+] of Atlantis Sanya on April 28, 2018 in Sanya, China. (Photo by Emmanuel Wong/Getty Images for Atlantis,The Palm)

Several companies have taken note of the expected shift. In 2016, China Vanguard You Champion Holdings, a lottery technology supplier, signed an agreement to provide the technology and marketing for the Hainan Sports Lottery Administration Center, through which much of the government‘s expansion funding will run. China Vanguard has also recently inked a five-year agreement with Hainan Huan Yu Assets Investment Company.

One huge indicator of the upcoming switch will be the status of a now three-year-old ban on online lottery sales, which came in March 2015 after a fraud scandal. Beijing suspended online sales when it came out that provincial lottery administrators had misused $2.8 billion in lottery funds. Even at its onset, the ban was characterized as “temporary” and the 2016 Five Year Plan, and its nod to the sports lottery, pushed hope for a release of the suspension. But it didn’t happen.

Now, China Vanguard’s new agreements shows expectations for the three-year-old suspension to soon lift. It seems a safe bet, but it’s definitely still a gamble.

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Between government-funded expansion, a crackdown on illegal betting sites, and the World Cup, 2018 is a big year for the China Sports Lottery. There’s even a podcast.