China lottery sales jump 18.5 percent to record

China’s lottery sales rose 18.5 percent to a record high of 224.45 billion yuan (US$36.54 billion) in the first nine months of this year, according to Ministry of Finance figures. Welfare lottery sales rose 15.3 percent to 128.06 billion yuan, while sports lottery sales increased 23 percent to 96.40 billion yuan.