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Lottery in Taiwan

Lottery In Taiwan

In Taiwan, every time you purchase sometime, you get a chance to win a lottery. A few years back the Taiwanese government decide to proactively restrict “off the books” purchasing and buying. They did this by implementing a lotto system that placed lotto numbers are on each receipt that you receive from a registered store.

Every time you get a receipt there is a number on the bottom of it. This is your lotto number. Each receipt that you get has a unique eight-digit number stamped on it. On the 25th of every odd month they announce four winning numbers. You then check your receipt numbers from the previous two months.

When are Numbers Drawn

  • January and February
    • Winning numbers are announced on March 25
    • Prizes can be collected between 4/4 and 7/4
  • March and April
    • Winning numbers are announced on April 25
    • Prizes can be collected between 6/4 and 9/4
  • May and June
    • Winning numbers are announced on July 25
    • Prizes can be collected between 8/4 and 11/4
  • July and August
    • Winning numbers are announced on September 25
    • Prizes can be collected between 10/5 and 1/5
  • September and October
    • Winning numbers are announced on November 25
    • Prizes can be collected between 12/5 and 3/5
  • November and December
    • Winning numbers are announced on January 25
    • Prizes can be collected between 2/4 and 5/4

The amount you win is based on how many of the numbers on your receipt sequentially match the regular prize numbers.

  • Last three numbers, in the same order, you win NT$200
  • Last four numbers, in the same order, you win NT$1000
  • Last five numbers in the same order, you win NT$4,000
  • Last six numbers in the same order, you win NT$10,000
  • Last seven numbers in the same order, you win NT$40,000
  • If you match all eight numbers in the same order, you win NT$200,000

You can check the winning numbers on the Ministry of Finance’s lottery page.

All told, it is not a bad deal considering you are receiving a ‘free’ lottery ticket every time you purchase an item. However, you will find that when faced with the task of checking two months worth of receipts your motivation will quickly dissipate. But don’t let this discourage you, the possibility of riches lie within every receipt!

Learn about the lottery system in Taiwan while living and teaching English in Taiwan.

Taiwan Receipt Lottery 統一發票中獎號碼

Ever wonder what the numerical code at the top of receipts in Taiwan is used for? These numbers are for a lottery run by the government, and you have a free entry!

Known in Chinese as 統一發票 (Tǒngyī Fāpiào), the bi-monthly receipt invoice lottery was created to encourage legal tax reporting by giving consumers an incentive to purchase at stores that legally report sales taxes. Every two months, sets of numbers are randomly drawn that correspond to the eight numbers printed along the top of a legal receipt.

The receipt lottery is open to everyone in Taiwan, including foreigners, and can be easily exchanged for prize money at a nearby convenience store with proof of identification (for amounts up to 1,000 ). Larger winnings can be redeemed at banks. Make sure the winning receipt has been stamped by the shop the original purchase was made from.

Receipts from purchases made using an Easycard (悠遊卡) may also be electronically stored onto the card, which may be then quickly verified and redeemed by using the terminal at convenience stores during the redemption period. These receipts are known as “e-receipt” or 電子發票 (Diànzǐ fāpiào), and clerks at convenience stores will usually ask if the customer wants an e-receipt when paying by an IC card. Saying paper should be enough to let the employee know to print a paper receipt, and saying card should clue the employee to store the receipt onto the Easycard.

It’s common practice for people in Taiwan to save all receipts from daily purchases and later check if any receipts have won. It’s a free lottery, might as well see if you’ve won.

I have so many receipts. what’s the fastest way to check? First check if the last 3 digits are a match, then work backwards. Also try using this tool for convenience.

Ever wonder what the numerical code at the top of receipts in Taiwan is used for? These numbers are for a lottery run by the government, and you have a free entry! Known in Chinese as 統一發票 (Tǒngyī Fāpiào), the bi-monthly receipt invoice lottery was created to encourage legal tax reporting by giving consumers an incentive to purchase at stores that legally report sales taxes.