TOKYO —The Internal Affairs and Communications Ministry on Tuesday gave permission to local authorities hit by the March 11 mega earthquake and tsunami to sell a total of 30 billion yen of lottery tickets this summer to finance their reconstruction efforts.
The tickets, costing 200 yen each, will be launched nationwide between July 30 and Aug 9 at the request of nine prefectures as well as two cities—Sendai and Chiba, according to the ministry.
Of the expected 14.3 billion yen of profits, more than 90 percent will be allocated to the most severely-hit Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures as well as the city of Sendai.
The ministry also approved the launch of a separate disaster recovery lottery in Tokyo, with tickets to be sold in the capital on five occasions between Aug 17 and Sept 27 to raise around 1.1 billion yen of profits.
Disaster recovery lottery tickets were also introduced in the wake of the Niigata Chuetsu Earthquake in October 2004 and the Great Hanshin Earthquake in January 1995.
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