The China Welfare Lottery has been providing games to help boost the health and happiness of underprivileged people since 1987. Games such as Double Colour Ball, Seven Lottery and Fucai 3D offer chances to win fantastic prizes throughout the week, and a portion of the money from every ticket sale goes towards funding welfare projects throughout China.
Double Colour Ball
Double Colour Ball is the Welfare Lottery’s longest-running game. Draws take place every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday, and to play you need to select six red numbers from 1 to 33 and one blue number between 1 and 16. There are six different ways to win, and the prize fund can top 100 million yuan (HK$115 million).
Match seven numbers to win up to 5 million yuan (HK$5.7 million) in Seven Lottery. Draws are held every Monday, Wednesday and Friday and to play the game you simply choose seven numbers from 1 to 30. When the draw takes place, an extra ball known as the Special Number is also selected, giving you even more opportunities to win.
Fucai 3D is a daily game in which a winning three-digit number from 000-999 is drawn. You can choose to try and match the winning line in various combinations, from correctly guessing a single number to matching all three in the exact order they appear. The top prize is 1,040 yuan (HK$1,200) and the game costs 2 yuan (HK$2.30) per bet.
China Welfare Lottery Rules
You must be at least 18 years of age to play Welfare Lottery games. Prizes must be claimed within 60 days of a draw taking place. If you do not come forward to claim your prize within this period, the money will be allocated to the public welfare fund. You must have a valid lottery ticket to be able to claim a prize and you will not be paid out if the entry has been damaged or altered in such a way that it can no longer be identified. You may need to provide proof of identification before receiving your prize money.
About China Welfare Lottery
The China Welfare Lottery is a state-run lottery provider that distributes the money raised from ticket sales to a variety of good causes. When the company started in 1987 it was based in Shijiazhuang and tickets totalling tens of millions of Hong Kong dollars were sold every year. The games the Welfare Lottery offered gradually increased in popularity across China and now annual sales surpass 200 billion yuan (HK$230 billion).
The elderly, the disabled, the poor and the vulnerable have all received support. Over 1.6 trillion yuan (HK$1.8 trillion) was spent on China Welfare Lottery tickets in its first 30 years, generating more than 500 billion yuan (HK$574 billion) for public welfare funds. Over 300,000 social welfare and charitable projects benefited during that time, and more than 400,000 jobs were created.
The Welfare Lottery was the first lottery provider to be authorised by the Chinese government, and was solely responsible for administering games until the Sports Lottery was introduced in 1994 to put a greater emphasis on sporting projects and offer even more ways to win.