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Confucius lottery tickets draw ire

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Confucius, the ancient Chinese philosopher who prodded his fellow countrymen to seek their fortunes in a decent manner, would now find his portraits and sermons printed on lottery tickets, the only form of gambling allowed by the Chinese government.

Late last month, lottery stands in east China's Shandong province began selling Confucius-themed tickets that carry a top prize of 300,000 yuan ($44,000).

But the tickets have drawn ire from netizens and columnists who claim that putting Confucius' image on lottery tickets has tarnished the image of the wise man who lived more than 2,000 years ago.

Lottery officials said they were surprised by the criticism.

"The center is not trying to influence the sale of their lotteries (by using Confucius' image)," Tang Nianbing, a manager from the Shandong's lottery center, said in an interview yesterday on the phone. He rejected accusations that Confucius' images were used to promote sales.

The center intended to promote culture instead, added Tang, although he admitted that would only be a secondary aim to raise welfare funds.

The Shandong area was home to Confucius in the Spring and Autumn Period, about 2,500 years ago.

Sales of the 10-yuan-per-ticket lottery have remained lukewarm compared to that of prior lotteries after release, with more than 2 million yuan worth of tickets sold in the first week.

"It (the Confucius lottery) accounted for about one-tenth of total sales of all lotteries in the week," said Tang.

Newly released lotteries often sell better than existing ones, but after a while their sales typically fall.

However, even big figures like Confucius cannot crank out more lucky dogs among lottery buyers in Shandong. As of yesterday, only one second prize of 30,000 yuan had been awarded, according to Tang.

Several versions of tickets from the lottery center of Shandong are printed with the region's characteristics, according to articles posted on the center's official website.

It has issued lottery tickets featuring kites made in Weifang city, characters in the novel of Shuihu and ancient vehicles excavated in the province.

"The Confucius-themed lotteries are the country's most real culture-centered tickets," wrote Tang in an article before the introduction of the lottery. "Its cultural content will erect a milestone in the development of our country's lotteries."

In the interview with China Daily, he shrugged off criticism from outside the province, saying the use of Confucius' image is no different from any other cultural-themed tickets, such as novel characters and antiquities.

"Fundamentally, it's just the same," he added.

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Thanks to myturn for the tip.

China Daily

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Posted: February 3, 2010, 10:06 am - IP Logged

Confucius say...."Too bad".

    rdgrnr's avatar - walt
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    Confucius say... Man who walk through airport turnstile sideways going to Bangkok.


                                                 
                         
                                             

     

     

     

     

                                                                                                       

    "The only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing"

                                                                                                --Edmund Burke

     

     

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      Posted: February 3, 2010, 9:22 pm - IP Logged

      Confucius say... Man with lottery ticket like second wife... they've already been had.

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        Posted: February 4, 2010, 5:09 am - IP Logged

        Confucius says.....STOP the genocide in Tibet!

        We all get a lot out of lotteries!

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          LOL RD!!! Loved that saying!!

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          Signature quote: Thinking positive never won me a lottery, Thinking negative never lost me a lottery, Playing it though, wins more often.

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            LOL RD!!! Loved that saying!!

            Thanks TGG, was starting to wonder if anybody got that, lol.

            I always walk sideways when going to Bangkok. hee hee hee


                                                         
                                 
                                                     

             

             

             

             

                                                                                                               

            "The only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing"

                                                                                                        --Edmund Burke

             

             

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              Posted: February 4, 2010, 10:03 pm - IP Logged

              Confucius say... Man who walk through airport turnstile sideways going to Bangkok.

              LMAO! I guess Confucius WAS a wise man!!!

              Luck is  ** believing  ** you're lucky.” ~Tennessee Williams

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                LMAO! I guess Confucius WAS a wise man!!!

                Somehow, I knew you would get it Lady, LOL!

                Confucius was very careful when going through turnstiles. He never went through sideways.


                                                             
                                     
                                                         

                 

                 

                 

                 

                                                                                                                   

                "The only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing"

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                  Somehow, I knew you would get it Lady, LOL!

                  Confucius was very careful when going through turnstiles. He never went through sideways.

                  Hehe...You know I'm the Yin to your Yang     

                  Luck is  ** believing  ** you're lucky.” ~Tennessee Williams

                  Money is neither my god nor my devil. It is a form of energy that tends to make us more of who we already are, whether it's greedy or loving.  ~ Dan Millman


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                    Posted: February 11, 2010, 8:39 pm - IP Logged

                    Confucius say...Man with big lottery win...leave duck at home and run like dog. LOL