Welfare lottery sales grow in 2016
China’s welfare lottery sales topped $30.1 billion (206.5 billion) in 2016, an increase of 2.47 percent year-on-year.
National welfare funds obtained via the sales of tickets amounted to 59.1 billion yuan last year, up 4.97 percent year on year, according to a statement by the welfare lottery distribution and management center.
According to current rules, half of the welfare proceeds go to the state coffers, and these funds are mainly used to supplement social security and special aid projects. The other half supports social welfare and charities managed by local governments.