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Now, robots sell welfare lottery tickets

    Now, robots sell welfare lottery tickets


    A man buys a welfare lottery ticket from a robot in the Pudong New Area yesterday.

    The Shanghai Welfare Lottery Center has come up with an “intelligent” way to sell lottery tickets. People can buy their lucky number lotteries from robots at venues like Metro stations, convenience stores and cafes across the city.

    There are 2,670 welfare lottery ticket sales outlets across the city, with “most of them selling tickets in the old and traditional way,” according to Zhou Wen, director of the center. “The traditional sales channel has become almost saturated and cannot meet growing demand, making it necessary to look for alternative ‘intelligent’ channels,” said Zhou.

    The center has placed the robots at some bank outlets in the city, and is looking for more channels at public spots like airports, railway and Metro stations, department stores, office buildings, restaurants, cafes, convenience stores, cinemas, etc, officials said.

    The robots accept mobile payment such as Alipay and WeChat.

    Shanghai’s welfare lottery sales are expected to surpass a record 4.8-billion yuan (US$735 million) this year compared with 4.5 billion yuan last year, with more than 1.5 billion yuan of funds used for various livelihood programs, according to the center.

    In September, a Shanghai native won close to 100 million yuan jackpot, the largest win in the city since 2011.