China to Crack Down on Lotteries

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This week the government of China reminded their populace that online lottery sales are illegal, and that they'll be clamping down on the activity in the near future to curb the activity.

The government, citing 12 different ministries and commissions, put out a communication notice to residents that related that they're "resolutely prohibiting the unauthorized use of the Internet to sell lottery tickets" and will work to "seriously investigate and deal with corporate or personal illegal and illegal online sales."

China is planning on clamping down on other online sales as well, as the Ministry of Culture and Tourism also clamping down on unauthorized sales on online games. The banking systems will also be monitoring transactions as well to help enforce the laws. Telecommunications groups will also monitor traffic and will work on censoring sites that offer illegal services such as online lotteries.

Players aren't immune to punishment either, as they could face fines or criminal sentences for participating in the lotteries. If you're located in the country, it's likely wise to avoid playing lotteries or betting online for the time being.

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Kingston Li // Asia Correspondent
Kingston Li
Kingston is a big fan of Baccarat and Texas Hold'em Poker and has tested his skills in tournaments around Asia and the world. He covers the latest gambling news from Asia for Casino Listings. In his spare time, Kingston enjoys hiking, video gaming, and playing disc golf.
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27 August 2018 - 6:18pm
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So if I was situated in China and planning to buy a lottery ticket I would of been really worried reading this one.
But I understand why the Chinese government implement all this measures to prevent the illegal gambling in one form or another and the operators obviously should know there will be consequences of any of their actions, fair enough I think.