Lottery sales in Japan down for second straight year

National Aug 14, 2018

Lottery sales in Japan down for second straight year

Sales of Takarakuji lottery tickets issued by prefectural governments and ordinance-designated major cities totaled ¥786.6 billion in fiscal 2017, down 6.9 percent from the year before. Sales were down for the second consecutive year and fell below ¥800 billion for the first time since fiscal ...

Powerball jackpot hits $500 million for Wednesday drawing

World / Offbeat Feb 12, 2015

Powerball jackpot hits $500 million for Wednesday drawing

The multistate Powerball lottery jackpot reached the half-billion dollar mark after rolling over for nearly three months into Wednesday night's drawing, the Powerball website showed. The estimated $500 million jackpot was the third-largest in the game's history and one of the largest lottery jackpots ever ...

'Luckiest city' offers lottery tickets for donations

National 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 the state-sponsored ...