The bigger and more populated a region is, the more lottery games it tends to have. Asia is no exception, with several massive countries whose residents consider playing the lottery an almost-essential aspect of daily life. The best Asian lotteries offer a wide variety of excellent games with interesting rules, game styles and exciting jackpots.
In China, the state-run Welfare Lottery and Sports Lottery rake in a combined total of more than 511 billion yuan each year. That’s nearly as much as America’s state lotteries earn in total. And despite the country’s COVID-19 lockdown and stalling economic growth, lottery sales are continuing to rise.
One reason is a resurgence in superstition. Many Chinese people believe that winning the lottery is a sign of good luck for their family and a chance to change their fortunes. Some even dress in yellow cartoon character costumes to claim their jackpots. Last week, a man dressed as a cartoon character claimed a jackpot of 219 million yuan in the southern Chinese city of Nanning. He refused to identify himself and reportedly planned to keep his win a secret from his wife and child.
The country’s state-run lottery is also growing in popularity because of its ease of use. Unlike the Western Powerball-style games that require players to select their own numbers, China’s state lotteries allow players to choose from six red balls ranging from one to 33 and one blue ball. And if they don’t feel like choosing, they can opt for a quick pick option.