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China National Lottery to Help the Needy

May 15, 1987|From Reuters

BEIJING — China has given permission for its first nationwide lottery since an ideological dispute led to a ban on most public drawings in 1985, the newspaper China Daily said Thursday.

The lottery to raise funds for China's millions of poor, disabled, orphaned or old people is the only one to have won government approval recently, the newspaper said.

One billion tickets will be issued for 27 cents each, the paper quoted a government official as saying.

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