Thousands line up for hours to buy year-end lottery tickets
Year-end jumbo lottery tickets went on sale across Japan on Monday. The top prize this year is 600 million yen.
As usual, the biggest line was at Tokyo’s Nishi-Ginza where more than 1,000 people were lined up when the booth opened at 8:30 a.m. The first man in line said he had been waiting since last Friday. He purchased 2,500 tickets.
Throughout the day, the waiting time at the booth was 90 minutes. Long lines could still be seen at night.
The Nishi-Ginza booth is popular because it has sold a number of winning tickets in the past. Lottery tickets will be sold nationwide through Dec 21 and winners will be announced on Dec 31.