In the first four months of this year, lottery sales totaled 175.15 billion yuan, a five-year high for the same period, up 49.3 percent year on year.
Behind the data, lottery is attracting young people in more diverse ways, with lottery shops gradually appearing in supermarkets, subways and even pop-up stores. For some young people, lottery is not only the lure of wealth, but also brings joy of life and a sense of ritual. Scratch lottery tickets have become a new way for young people to relieve pressure.
On social media, short videos of young people scratching lottery tickets at temples with their ID cards have been viewed tens of thousands of times.
"The God of wealth doesn't gamble, he doesn't know which number will win," the netizen commented. "Lottery is statistics, so we should go to Wenquxing."
"Lottery tickets should be sold responsibly to meet the entertainment needs of lottery players, and we should be vigilant against irrational and pathological lottery players." Li Gang, a professor at the Business school of Shanghai Normal University and an expert on lottery research, told the reporter, "I hope young people understand that the lottery has a very low chance of winning the lottery. They should never expect to get rich. It's just an entertainment tool. Li suggested that lottery players should spend less than 1 percent of their monthly income on lottery tickets. If they spend more than 5 percent, it would be abnormal.