A Hawaii-based entrepreneur has held the world's first commercial lottery with the prize of a Green Card allowing the winner to live and work in the US. James Beauparlant says a loophole in immigration laws means he will be able to run many more such lotteries. The winner's name was drawn out of a box in a ceremony watched by entrants in a restaurant in the New World Centre on Tuesday. The winner is an unmarried woman Appie Tang Kit-sum, according to the advertisement in newspapers, as required by the lottery licence issued by the Government. After the draw, Mr Beauparlant said he would run at least two more lotteries in the territory, and has started work on lotteries in Philippines and Japan. 'We have a bonafide applicant,' said Mr Beauparlant, who would not divulge her address or other details until the card was approved. Mr Beauparlant would also not divulge the number of entrants, all of whom paid $350 and received a book of restaurant vouchers and a credit card protection scheme. The scheme was declared 'not illegal under US law' by the US Consulate when launched in October, but was still greeted with scepticism because of a wide variety of scams associated with the Government's own Green Card lottery scheme. Mr Beauparlant refused to divulge how the winner managed to qualify for a card. It might be done by investing US$500,000 in a business, sources say, thus allowing the winner to qualify as an investor, and then retrieving the sum from the winner if the card is issued.