September 01, 2016 12:59
Sales of lottery tickets totaled W1.89 trillion in the first half of this year as Koreans turned increasingly to Lady Luck amid a faltering economy (US$1=W1,115).
That was a whopping W132.3 billion more than the same period of last year and the highest since 2004, the Ministry of Strategy and Finance said Wednesday.
Lotto tickets alone accounted for W1.74 trillion in the first half, up 8.2 percent on-year. Some 443 ticket booths were newly opened.
Twenty-six Lotto draws took place in the first six months, and 223 people won first prize with an average of W2.18 billion prize money per winner. The highest single win was W4.1 billion in the 708th draw.
In a survey of 75 first prize winners, two out of 10 said they bought lottery tickets because they had an auspicious dream, mostly of a dead parent or grandparent.
Asked if they will continue in their present jobs, 93 percent said they will. The biggest group said they wanted to buy a house or pay off their debts with the prize money.
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