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China lottery sales rocket 86% in February

| By Marese O'Hagan
China lottery sales came to a total of CNY41.81bn (£4.91bn/€5.58bn/$6.08bn) in February, a significant rise of 86% year-on-year.

This was also 25.8% higher than in January 2023.

The Welfare Lottery generated CNY13.58bn of the total, a rise of 44.2% year-on-year and up 25.2% compared to the previous month.

Lottery sales made up CNY7.65bn of this total, a rise of 46.9% yearly, while instant games revenue was CNY3.60bn, 32.3% higher than in February 2022. Keno generated CNY2.26bn in revenue, falling by 16.8% yearly.

Sports Lottery revenue also grew sharply. The revenue of CNY28.27bn was a rise of 115.9% compared to February 2022 and 26.3% higher than in January.

This total consisted of CNY5.65bn in from lottery, as well as CNY19.50bn in sports wagering.

Instant games generated CNY3.11bn in revenue, down 9% month-on-month. Video lottery revenue remained at CNY1m, up from a total of zero in January, but down from CNY11m in February 2022.

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