Tokyo – Year-end jumbo lottery tickets went on sale across Japan on Wednesday, drawing lengthy lines at sales booths. One billion yen in prize money is on the line, with the top prize being 700 million yen.
As always, the longest line was at Tokyo’s Nishi-Ginza where more than 600 people were already waiting when the booth opened up at 8:30 a.m. During the day, the waiting time averaged 1 hour 30 minutes. The Nishi-Ginza booth is popular since it has sold numerous winning tickets in the past.
The first person in line was a company employee from Katsushika Ward in Tokyo. He said he arrived at 5 a.m. to get in line. He said if he won a substantial amount of prize money, he would buy a camper van and explore the country.
Tickets for a Jumbo Mini Lottery also continued purchase, with 50 million yen in prize money.
Lottery tickets, which cost 300 yen, are going to be offered through December 21st and the winning numbers will be announced on December 31st.
For information on the prize money allocation, click here.
A version of this story originally appeared here.
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