• Short Summary

    IN A BID TO DISCOURAGE ILLEGAL GAMBLING, THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT HAS SPONSORED LOTTERIES AND LICENSED SEVERAL GAMING HOUSES.

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    GOVERNMENT-SPONSORED LOTTERY TICKETS SOLD; WOMEN AND BOYS SELLING LOTTERY TICKETS; LICENSED MAHJONG CLUB IN SPRING GARDEN LANE; POLICE PARTY RAIDING ILLEGAL GAMING HOUSES.




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    Background: IN A BID TO DISCOURAGE ILLEGAL GAMBLING, THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT HAS SPONSORED LOTTERIES AND LICENSED SEVERAL GAMING HOUSES.

    MILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN REVENUE ARE BEING COLLECTED ANNUALLY FROM LEGALISED GAMBLING.

    JOCKEY CLUBS HAVE MUSHROOMED IN THE BRITISH COLONY. THESE CLUBS SELL GOVERNMENT-SPONSORED LOTTERY TICKETS AND SWEEP-STAKE TICKETS PRICED AT TWO HONG KONG DOLLARS (2S.6D STERLING) EACH.

    A NUMBER OF HOUSEWIVES AND SCHOOLBOYS HAVE BEEN APPOINTED SUB-AGENTS IN THE SALE OF LOTTERY TICKETS AND ARE PAID BY THE BUYER. SHOULD THE BUYER WIN A PRIZE IN THE DRAW, THE SUB-AGENT ALSO RECEIVES A SMALL PERCENTAGE OF THE PRIZE MONEY.

    THE DRAWS ARE MADE AT THE CITY HALL CONCERT HALL. THE FIRST PRIZE MONEY IS BASED ON 30 PER CENT OF THE TOTAL PROCEEDS. THERE ARE ALSO TEN PRIZES EACH AMOUNTING TO TWO PER CENT OF THE PROCEEDS.

    A RECENT SURVEY REVEALED THAT 42 PER CENT OF THE COLONY'S POPULATION INDULGE IN THE ORIENTAL GAMBLING GAME OF MAHJONG. THE RULES OF THE GAME ARE THE SAME AS BRIDGE. IT REQUIRES SKILL, PATIENCE AND A TIME LIMIT IS IMPOSED AND STAKES FIXED.

    A SIMPLE GAME OF CHANCE WITH COINS IS POPULAR WITH YOUNG BOYS WHO PLAY FOR SMALL STAKES.

    AS MORE HONG KONG PEOPLE TAKE TO GAMBLING, SEVERAL ILLEGAL GAMING HOUSES HAVE SPRUNG UP. MANY OF THESE EMPLOY PROFESSIONAL GAMBLERS.

    IN A BID TO STOP ILLEGAL GAMING, THE POLICE ARE CONSTANTLY CARRYING OUT RAIDS.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAC4H4DTFTO73L5BK4FW0ZT257W
    Media URN:
    VLVAC4H4DTFTO73L5BK4FW0ZT257W
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    20/09/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:55:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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