希尼爾翻譯公司（www.eacrwc.tw）2016年3月08日了解到：Alibaba Group Holding Ltd
and its financial affiliate are buying a controlling stake in Hong
Kong-listed lottery operator AGTech Holdings Ltd, for HK$2.39 billion
Ali Fortune Investment Holding Ltd, which is 60 percent owned by
Alibaba and 40 percent owned by its financial services arm Zhejiang Ant
Small & Micro Financial Services Group Co, has agreed to buy HK$1.68
billion in shares and HK$712.6 million of convertible bonds in AGTech.
The deal will give the Alibaba unit 59.45 percent of AGTech,
according to the lottery operator’s filing to the Hong Kong stock
exchange on Sunday－a timely purchase as the suspension of online lottery
sales looks likely to be lifted sometime this year.
Li Kai, an analyst with the Beijing-based Internet consultancy
Analysys International, said that the suspension of online lottery sales
is likely to be lifted within the year as officials at the annual
lottery strategy meeting in January said they will actively push the
preparatory work for a pilot online lottery sales program forward.
"China’s lottery market is too big for two online lottery-selling
companies to fill. More licenses are expected to be offered to more
players," Li said.
"Alibaba’s advantage in e-commerce, big data, online payment can
certainly give the online sales of lottery a strong boost."
Annual lottery sales in China dropped 3.8 percent to 367.9
billion yuan ($56.47 billion) in 2015, in the wake of online lottery
sales being banned, after 11 consecutive years of growth, according to
statistics from the Ministry of Finance.