Jumbo year-end Takarakuji lottery jackpot set at 700 million yen

Japan’s Year-End Jumbo Lottery will pay out a record 700 million yen ($7.1 million) to the first prize winner if that person also purchased a block of tickets including the numbers immediately before and after the winning ticket. The first prize has risen from 400 million to 500 million, with 100 million each for the adjacent tickets. 

The move is aimed at boosting Takarakuji sales amid competition from rivals such as the soccer lotteries. A Jumbo Mini Lottery will also be launched, offering ¥70 million as the first prize — with a winning chance 10 times greater than a conventional Jumbo Lottery.