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China's beloved national lottery suspected of massive fraud

Jan 27, 2015, 10:02 am

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HONG KONG — China loves its national lottery, but now some very suspicious goings-on with the game has ignited a scandal that's capturing the country's attention.

As in most other places, the drawing for China's lottery — the only form of gambling the government allows outside of Macau — is televised nationally, conducted by the China Welfare Lottery Issuing and Management Center, an agency of the government.

But something appears to have gone wrong Sunday night, when the drawing for a 50-billion-yuan ($80 million) prize was suddenly canceled.

A short time later that evening, the lottery agency said that a technical glitch had prevented lottery sales data from reaching Beijing, and then soonafter announced on its official Weibo micro-blogging account that the drawing had been conducted off-air and was won by an unidentified "young immigrant worker in Guangzhou city."

While the Ministry of Civil Affairs issued an apology the next day for "the delay in the lottery drawing," the incident prompted immediate suspicion that the game was rigged. The fact that the details about the winner apparently came just moments after the winning numbers were announced made the affair all the more fishy.

A Beijing News report Tuesday said a man identified only by his surname Zhang had reported the case to the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection, the Communist Party's top inspector, calling for a thorough investigation.

Zhang said the lottery agency's explanation was "illogical and inconsistent," particularly the mention of a delay in sales data, as "the drawing should be independent of how many lottery tickets they have sold."

Zhang suggested that the real cause of the delay may have been that "someone outside their scheme had won the prize."

Discussion of the controversy was raging across news media and social media alike Tuesday. Meanwhile, the Beijing News report said — perhaps worryingly for the Chinese lottery-playing public — that the national welfare lottery had in fact seen a number of other delayed drawings over the past five years, with most of them unexplained.

Thanks to JADELottery for the tip.


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Gleno's avatar - Lottery-001.jpg
New Jersey
United States
Member #80352
September 25, 2009
723 Posts

Surprised to read that China has a national lottery but not surprised of the allegations of massive fraud.

Do they still have those empty cities that they built after pushing the poor folks out and these folks cannot afford to live in these boondoggle cities.

They are not the smartest in dealing with capitalists ideas because of their collective mentality of their modern history.


    hearsetrax's avatar - alien on_computer.jpg

    United States
    Member #52343
    May 21, 2007
    3344 Posts

    Skeptical Weirdsvile, China

      Get paid's avatar - Lottery-062.jpg
      United States
      Member #152319
      February 11, 2014
      175 Posts

      With these type of shenanigans going on I would,n play.

        Drenick1's avatar - villiarna
        United States
        Member #152794
        February 25, 2014
        1111 Posts

        Simple solution. Quit playing.

          Chasing $ Millions.
          White Shores- California
          United States
          Member #136473
          December 12, 2012
          6532 Posts

          What exactly does Mr Zhang mean by " someone outside their scheme won the jackpot?". Is he suggesting that the winner/winners should be known prior to the drawing?

          By the way: China has Mobile execution vehicles known to rock up to your present location and carry out their business. China does not  screw around when they WANT to eliminate corruption..

           * Voice of Reason *   


          People who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those who are doing it- George Bernard Shaw.

            United States
            Member #163330
            January 27, 2015
            10 Posts

            Reminds me of the story in the press several years ago when it was revealed that the lottery in France had been rigged. It was a shock, you'd think that in a country like France it couldn't happen.

              New York
              United States
              Member #156865
              July 2, 2014
              109 Posts

              [quote]for a 50-billion-yuan ($80 million) prize was suddenly canceled.[\quote]


              50billion yuans are 8 billion US dollars. Are they stupid to make such a wrong calculations?

                reddbrim's avatar - Lottery-067.jpg
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                fresno ,tx
                United States
                Member #131764
                August 17, 2012
                26 Posts

                It could happen here right in the good ole USA ,(might be going on as we speak)just fired the wrong person that work inside the lottery or the people that make the machines that the ball comes out of .I sad its going on in  China but I am not surprise I hope its not going on here .(USA)


                  United States
                  Member #141030
                  April 2, 2013
                  1481 Posts

                  FRAUD in China? Noooooooooooo!!! Sleep

                  Seek and ye shall find -Matt. 7:7 ...Ask and ye shall receive -John 16:24 ...Give and it shall be given unto you -Luke 6:38 ...Be careful what you ask for!!! -Mypiemaster 1:1

                  Having Money Solves Problems That Not Having Money Creates Yes Nod ****John Carlton****

                    TnTicketlosers's avatar - Lottery-065.jpg

                    United States
                    Member #71118
                    February 19, 2009
                    1224 Posts

                    Need I say more about Tennessee,stop playing..simple solution.

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                      Zeta Reticuli Star System
                      United States
                      Member #30469
                      January 17, 2006
                      11539 Posts

                      No surprise, it's the same government that kept their Olympic workers in diapers to put on the show, remember?  come to think of it, would you really want to win money from that group and expect to get paid?

                      Gleno mentioned being surprised to find out China has a lottery, kind of is confusing for a communist country. Castro's first move when he knew he ran Batista out was to shoot up the casinos.

                      When there was a Yugoslavia they had a casino in Dubrovnik and in Vegas we joked about a casino in a commie country and the security force must have been brutal!

                      Those who run the lotteries love it when players look for consistency in something that's designed not to have any. So many systems, so many theories, so few jackpot winners. 


                      There is one and only one 'proven' system, and that is to book the action. No matter the game, let the players pick their own losers.

                        HaveABall's avatar - rocket

                        United States
                        Member #72446
                        March 18, 2009
                        1353 Posts

                        Why would an individual (in any country) expect a governmental agency to check/audit a peer governmental agency and receive a true/fair outcome?


                        Having several millions of dollars in my financial accounts means receiving several valuable services each day!


                          Drenick1's avatar - villiarna
                          United States
                          Member #152794
                          February 25, 2014
                          1111 Posts

                          [quote]for a 50-billion-yuan ($80 million) prize was suddenly canceled.[\quote]


                          50billion yuans are 8 billion US dollars. Are they stupid to make such a wrong calculations?

                          $8 billion US dollars...Wow!!

                          No wonder the Chinese government didn't want to pay it out.

                            lothob's avatar - chi jpeg.jpg

                            United States
                            Member #60479
                            April 20, 2008
                            7065 Posts

                            Now that would never ever happen here, in these here United States, right?

                            "He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life."  Muhammad Ali