Not a soul stepped up to claim that 7.3 million yuan lottery jackpot despite the Shanghai Welfare Lottery Center’s attempt to reach out to the ticket holder earlier this week, according to the organization, which said that the unclaimed cash has already been donated to the city’s social welfare fund. Hm.
This jackpot was the largest to go unclaimed in Shanghai so far this year. Sunday was the deadline for the rightful winner to step up, and the center had opened a 24-hour hotline last week in an attempt to find the person.
The winning ticket was apparently purchased on July 24 at a lottery outlet on Lanxi Road in Putuo district.
While gambling remains illegal in China, the government full-heartedly encourages residents to faithfully fork out cash for the lottery. Last year in August, one Shanghai man who really considered the odds to be in his favor took this for all it was worth and doled out over six million yuan on lottery tickets. He didn’t win, of course.
China’s two legal state-run lotteries include China Sports lottery and China welfare lottery. China’s Welfare Lottery Center supports a number of causes, donating money towards nursing homes, disaster reliefs and more, while helping to bolster the country’s social security fund.