Prosecutors will charge a former top sports lottery official with abuse of power, state media reports. Zhang Weihua , former deputy director of the State Sports General Administration's Sports Lottery Management Centre, was arrested in August, the reports said. In September, the administration announced Zhang had been replaced by Wang Weidong , but gave no reason for the move. 'Mr Zhang has not worked here since last summer,' a lottery official said yesterday. 'Relevant disciplinary and judicial departments will decide what to do with his case.' Communist Party disciplinary officials started to investigate Zhang after a national audit two years ago revealed irregularities and maladministration at the lottery centre, the Beijing Youth Daily said yesterday. Between 2003 and 2004, the centre paid two subsidiaries 970 million yuan to issue lottery tickets. The two companies made a profit of 558 million yuan out of the deal, and one of them used the money to buy a building complex to rent out. More irregularities were exposed in the lottery ticket printing process. The centre paid a premium to a private company that was not authorised to import lottery ticket paper to do the business. The illegal deal cost the centre more than 23 million yuan. Several sports lottery scandals have been exposed in recent years, but all were at the provincial level. The mainland launched its first lottery in June 1987. The sports lottery is one of the major sources of fund-raising for sports facilities and the country's social welfare programmes. Lottery sales reached 41 billion yuan in 2005, raising 14.3 billion yuan for the social welfare fund.