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China Welfare Lottery Issuing Centre
Address: Zhongcai Mansion, South Str. No. 48, Guang'anmen, Xuanwu District Beijing 100054, China
Internet: www.cwl.gov.cn
E-mail Address: cwl@public3.bta.net.cn
Phone: +86 10 5812 5720
Fax: +86 10 635 685 40
Population: 1,273.1 million
Secretary General: Liu Cheng Hui
Year Lottery Founded: 1987
Sales FY 2014:
Sales FY 2015:
CNY206.0 billion
CNY201.5 billion
Number of Employees: 135
Points of Sale (POS): 170,000
On-line Vendor: Autotote
Instant Ticket Vendor: N/A
ITVMs None
Games Offered: Instants, Draw lotteries
Beneficiaries: 81,000 welfare projects have been established across the country.
Jurisdiction: China


Background Information

Overview on China's Legal Lottery Market
According to reports by China's Ministry of Finance, China's total lottery sales revenue has been enjoying rapid growth in recent years and reached a record high of 81.93 billion Yuan (US$10.5 billion) in 2006, an increased of 10.54 billion Yuan from 2005's RMB 71 billion (US $8.6 billion). Analysts predict that China's lottery market will reach RMB 200 billion (US$25 billion) in 2008. Every day about 229 million Yuan (US$29.5 million) of lottery tickets were sold in China in 2006 (excluding the eight days around the Chinese New Year holidays when lottery sales were suspended). Of the total, sales from China Welfare Lottery, the only national lottery approved by the Chinese government, hit 49.5 billion Yuan (US$6.2 billion) in 2006, up 20 percent from 2005. The sales of the Sports Lottery increased 2.1 billion Yuan to 32.3 billion Yuan (US$4.15 billion). In 2006, China raised 27.76 billion Yuan (US$3.57 billion) in public welfare funds from lottery sales, 12.3 percent more than in 2005. The ministry said the fund was equally shared by the central government and the local governments, which will be mainly used for social welfare, such as the development of public sports facilities, education and health care for the handicapped. A large part also went to the social security fund to fill its deficit. China launched its first lottery in June 1987. Lottery ticket sales are one of the major sources of funds for building community sports facilities and financing the country's social welfare programs. Other than the two government sponsored lotteries (Welfare Lottery and Sports Lottery), all other forms of gambling are illegal in mainland China. China's lottery market has expanded quickly over the last two decades but the China Welfare Lottery Management Center still describes the penetration of lottery in China as low. As in 2006, China's per capita lottery sale accounts for only 0.663 percent of the per capita net income, which is equivalent to only 1-2 percent of the world average.
China lottery experts projected that China's lottery market to grow by CAGR of 31% to US$34.5bn by 2010 to become the world's second-largest lottery market after the US, which turned over US$54.2bn in 2005. In per capita terms this would equate to US$26 for China's lottery, among the lowest in the world.
SOURCE: PacificNet, Inc.


News Archive for CY2017
March 2, 2017 Mainland China’s Lottery Sales Slump 11 pct in January
January 28, 2017 China's Welfare Lottery Sales Grow in 2016
January 23, 2017 China Lottery Sales Up 7.3% Year-on-Year


News Archive for CY2016
December 24, 2016 China November Lottery Sales Up 12.6%
November 22, 2016 China October Lottery Sales Up 8.3 Percent
October 28, 2016 Mainland China Lottery Sales Jump 7 Percent in Jan-Sept
September 26, 2016 China August Lottery Sales Up 10.4%
September 21, 2016 China July Lottery Sales Rise 19.8%
August 2, 2016 China's Lottery Sales Rise 3.5 Percent in H1
July 1, 2016 China’s May Lottery Sales Rise 7.8%
May 31, 2016 Online Sales Ban Sees the First Decline for the Lottery Industry Since 2004
May 24, 2016 Lottery Sales Crackdown
May 6, 2016 Sports Regulator Ponders Lottery Linked to the Chinese Domestic Soccer Leagues
April 18, 2016 Chinese Government is Reportedly Considering Lifting the Ban on Online Lottery Sales
March 30, 2016 New Contracts for Heilongjiang Province Position DJI Holdings in Readiness for the Return of Online Lottery Sales
March 28, 2016 China Lottery Sales Down 9.4 Percent in February
March 14, 2016 China’s Lottery Sales Slump 17 Percent in January
January 21, 2016 China's 2015 Lottery Sales Down 3.8 Per Cent
January 18, 2016 Report Finds Big Jump in Lottery Sales
January 16, 2016 Welfare Lottery Sales Slide in 2015
January 15, 2016 Call for Government Lottery Regulations to Reflect the Rapidly Changing Society


News Archive for CY2015
December 2, 2015 Decline in Mainland China Lottery Sales Extends Into October
November 11, 2015 China's Lottery Sales Down 9.8 Per Cent in September
September 26, 2015 China August Lottery Sales Down 10.9 pct
August 25, 2015 Ministry of Finance Reports Decline in Lottery Sales
July 29, 2015 China's H1 lottery sales up 5.2 pct
June 25, 2015 State Auditor Reports on China Lottery Corruption
May 25, 2015 Ministry of Finance Releases March 2015 National Lottery Sales Figures


News Archive for CY2014
December 11, 2014 Oversight of China's Lottery Funds Must be Tightened, Says Expert
November 26, 2014 Auditors Inspect Management of National Lotteries after Transparency Fears
November 26, 2014 China's Lottery Sales Top 32 bln yuan
October 22, 2014 Lottery Sales up 25.2 pct in September
October 8, 2014 Privacy Protection May Hinder Public Perception of Lottery Transparency
September 18, 2014 Mainland China Lottery Sales Up 28% in August
September 18, 2014 Mainland China Lottery Sales Up 28% in August
July 18, 2014 Lottery Sales Rise 15.5 pct in 1st Half
March 13, 2014 CYN17 Billion in Lottery Sales Allocated to Youth Projects
January 15, 2014 China's lottery Sales Up 18.3 Percent

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