Challenges China Mainland Faces When Lottery is Allowed to Distribute and to Sell Through Internet/Telephone


  • Haiping Chen Lottery Research Center of China, Beijing Normal University, China
  • Hui Wang
  • Kun Li
  • Lishuang Fan


What people think about lottery determines their behavioral decisions on lottery playing. The purpose of this study is to understand the attitudes of Chinese lottery players to lottery playing. Over 27,000 participants in a lottery-website survey gave their answers: (1) Only a small part of them think their intelligence (5.3%) or skill ?8.6%?takes an important role in prize-winning, while more than 80 percent don’t think the development of China lottery industry much meaningful for the development of Chinese welfare service or sport work. (2) Around 70 percent think of buying lottery as an entertainment way, a chance changing their own fortune or a gambling inhibited illegally. Most of them regard lottery playing as a kind of speculation engagement, though they are not sure if it is a kind of investment or not. (3) 19.3% would like to spend more on lottery if their incomes increase, while 57.8% would not. (4) 16.4% once bought illegal lottery issued not by lottery distributing organizations that are certificated officially by the government. It shows, on the whole, most Chinese people don’t care much about the moral meanings of lottery, and usually adopt it as entertainment or gaming with possible big luck