Year-end jumbo lottery tickets went on sale across Japan Monday, drawing long lines at sales booths. One billion yen in prize money is up for grabs, with the top prize being 700 million yen.
As usual, the biggest line was at Tokyo’s Nishi-Ginza where more than 700 people were already waiting when the booth opened at 8:30 a.m. Throughout the day, the waiting time at the booth was 90 minutes.
The Nishi-Ginza booth is popular because it has sold a number of winning tickets in the past.
The first person in line at the Nisei-Ginza booth was a 37-year-old man from Ishioka in Ibaraki Prefecture. He said he had arrived on Sunday morning. He bought 60 tickets and said if he wins the big money, he will donate most of it to help the recovery effort in the Tohoku region.
Tickets for a Jumbo Mini Lottery also went on sale, with 70 million yen in prize money.
Lottery tickets, which cost 300 yen, will be sold through Dec 22 and winning numbers will be announced on Dec 31.
For details on the prize money allocation, click here.© Japan Today