CHINA LAUNCHES FIRST SOCCER LOTTERY

Oct 22, 2001 11:03 PM

Betting has come to China.

The Chinese people will be able to legally gamble on soccer football games in 12 major cities.

Betting will be limited for now to English Premier League and Italian Series A games. The government hopes the official soccer lottery will replace underground football gambling.

People who successfully predict the results of all 13 games will share a top prize that includes 50 percent of the money for all tickets sold and the leftover prizes from the previous round.