'Luckiest city' offers lottery tickets for donations

Dec 24, 2014

'Luckiest city' offers lottery tickets for donations

Are you feeling lucky? Donors who give cash to the city of Ube in Yamaguchi Prefecture are being rewarded with unconventional thank-you gifts: lottery tickets. Since November, Ube has been sending stacks of tickets to well-wishers who make a contribution to city coffers through ...

Against high odds, masses chase luck

| Sep 2, 2008

Against high odds, masses chase luck

by Kanako Takahara

What would you do if you won ¥400 million? Would you buy a convertible, a new house, start a business? All of the above? The dream of winning big is the lottery’s lure, and as the economy turns bleaker, inflation kicks in, the pension ...