The Ministry of Finance (“MoF”) and 11 other authorities jointly issued the Announcement on Prohibiting the Sale of Lottery Tickets Online (“Announcement”) on 21 August 2018.

The Announcement explicitly provides that the MoF has not approved any lottery institutions to sell lottery tickets online. Any illegal or unlawful activities under the cover of lottery tickets, such as privately offered online lottery tickets or online gambling, are also strictly prohibited.

If a commission agent of a lottery institution arbitrarily sells lottery tickets online, the competent authorities may impose punishments on the commission agent, and the lottery institution would be entitled to terminate the commission contract between the commission agent and the lottery institution. The Announcement further provides that the online sale of lottery tickets under the cover of online gaming and any payment or settlement services provided to platforms providing the online sale of lottery tickets are also prohibited.

Please click here to read the full text (Chinese only) of the Announcement.