Did you know?: Japanese lottery

by Shoji Kudaka
Stripes Okinawa

With a first prize of 1 billion yen ($9 million) per unit, Jumbo Draws, start selling one month before the drawing. Among public lottery shops throughout the nation, the Nishi Ginza Chance Center near JR Yurakucho Station in Tokyo is one of the most popular shops. Its left-most “Counter One” has produced 490 first-prize winners, 78.3 billion yen of winnings over the last 30 years and is considered a sanctuary for lottery enthusiasts.


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