Chinese lottery suppliers have welcomed a public announcement by eight government authorities in China which they claim outline the government's commitment to promoting legal and licensed participants in the lottery industry, and in particular the importance of an online distribution channel.

In a joint statement last week, eight authorities including the Ministry of Finance and various other government agencies said that anyone providing unauthorised online lottery sales, either directly or through agents, must immediately cease such services.

The mandate states that all provincial governmental authorities of finance, civil affairs and sports authorities will investigate and sanction unauthorised sales in their respective jurisdictions according to relevant laws and regulations.

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