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China Digest, February 18, 2013

Sales of consumer goods totalled 1.7 billion yuan (HK$2.09 billion) for the week-long Lunar New Year holiday in Lanzhou, a 21 per cent increase from the holiday last year, Xinhua reports, citing figures from the municipal commerce bureau.

Monday, 18 February, 2013, 4:57am

Joy for thousands of Spain's El Nino US$1.1b lottery winners

Thousands of winners of Spain's US$1.1 billion El Nino lottery broke open champagne and wept for joy, savouring their luck at a time when the country faces its most severe economic crisis in decades .

8 Jan 2013 - 6:59am

Italy's gambling addiction set to worsen

Italy's per capita spending on gaming is among the highest in the world and the economic downturn has led to more interest in gambling. Photo: Corbis

Italy is to press on with plans to open 1,000 new gambling arcades despite mounting national anguish over the spread of pathological gambling in what until recently was a nation of frugal savers. Silvio Berlusconi's last government authorised the new video-poker saloons in 2011. A contest to decide who should get the licences will be held by February.

7 Jan 2013 - 4:31am

Talking points

Spaniards dream of 'El Gordo' miracle

Spaniards dream of 'El Gordo' miracle

22 Dec 2012 - 2:06am

Two win more than US$250m each in American Powerball

A display in New York shows the value of the Powerball lottery which prompted a frenzy of ticket-buying in the United States. Photo: Reuters

Two people have won more than US$250 million each, each beating odds of one in 175 million to share the second largest jackpot in US history.

30 Nov 2012 - 4:18am

Bangkok divided over plans for lottery machines

Lottery ticket vendors ply their trade on a Bangkok street.

Siripong Khwanthong sidles up to a lottery seller along a crowded street near Bangkok's Patpong pleasure district, studies the selection and settles on a ticket ending in 37.

"The number just came to me," he says. "Maybe I'll be lucky tomorrow."

14 Nov 2012 - 3:32am

Who said it?

Julie Cervera

I've got like 200 tickets laying around my house. I never check my tickets

U.S. grandma Julie Cervera, who won US$23 million without realising it for five months


Of course, we are not perfect, but we encourage people to tell us the truth and not to sweep the dirt under the carpet

4 Nov 2012 - 3:36am

Former Philippine president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo arrested over graft

Gloria Arroyo

A "distraught" ex-Philippine president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo was arrested at hospital after being charged over a third case of alleged corruption during her time in power.

5 Oct 2012 - 4:29am

Norwegian family makes it three children, three lottery wins

A Norwegian family has now won the lottery an astonishing three times, winning a total of over €3million (HK$30.1 million) and with each win coinciding with the birth of a new family member.

By winning 12.2 million kroner (HK$16.4 million) last week on Norway's national lottery, 19 year-old Tord Oksnes became part of a family tradition.

26 Sep 2012 - 4:10am

Bumper jackpot shared as Mark Six lottery fever grips Hong Kong

A man fills in a Mark Six coupon at a Jockey Club off-course betting centre in Causeway Bay. Lured by the huge jackpot, Hongkongers rushed to buy tickets. Photo: K. Y. Cheng

It could have been the biggest win ever on Mark Six for one lucky punter last night, but instead 2.5 tickets won the first prize of HK$49,591,870.

The numbers drawn were 2, 13, 33, 35, 38 and 49. The extra number was 40. The second prize of HK$1,177,230 was won by 11.5 tickets, and third paid HK$71,480.

23 Sep 2012 - 3:08am

GB prove finding sporting success needn't be a lottery

I, too, have contributed to the future of British sport. Having picked up a couple of bars of chocolate at Tesco, I lined up at the counter where I spotted a sign which said the jackpot for the next EuroMillions draw was GBP142 million.

15 Aug 2012 - 11:03pm

Mark Six

There were no winners of the first or second prize in last night's lottery draw. The numbers drawn were 2, 6, 16, 24, 41, and 46 and the extra number was 27. Third prize paid HK$100,850.

15 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Lottery ticket scores a record 570m yuan win

The mainland's Chinese Welfare Lottery will make the biggest payout in its history after a ticket won 570 million yuan (HK$698 million) in Tuesday night's draw.

The ticket was bought from a kiosk in a hotel in the Sanlitun area in the Chaoyang district of Beijing.

14 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Lottery sales in China up 30pc in Q1

China's lottery sales rose by 30 per cent year on year to hit 60.3 billion yuan (HK$74.2 billion) in the first quarter of this year, an increase of 13.9 billion yuan, the Ministry of Finance said.

The lottery is legal on the mainland, unlike other forms of gambling, and is regarded as a money maker for welfare projects.

7 May 2012 - 12:00am

A bad week for ...

John Wong

18 Mar 2012 - 12:00am