CORONAVIRUS/4 million people in Taiwan win sports vouchers

07/28/2020 08:27 PM
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Taipei, July 28 (CNA) Four million people in Taiwan on Tuesday won NT$500 (US$17.07) vouchers towards sports related spending, after a live draw from a total of 6.98 million entries, according to the Sports Administration.

The voucher program, which was open to Taiwan citizens and their foreign spouses, received 6.98 million valid entries during the July 20-26 registration period, giving participants a 57 percent chance of winning, the agency said.

On Tuesday, the Sports Administration invited four athletes from Taiwan's 2021 Olympic delegation -- sports shooter Lu Shao-chuan (呂紹全), table tennis player Cheng I-ching (鄭怡靜), boxer Chen Nien-chin (陳念琴) and swimmer Wang Kuan-hung (王冠閎) -- to help select the winning entries at the live draw.

Each athlete threw two darts at a revolving dartboard numbered 01-20. The resulting 16-digit sequence was then plugged into a computer algorithm to randomly generate the winners based on participants' national identification card numbers.

Winners of the vouchers will be notified by text message or email before 10 a.m. Wednesday, the Sports Administration said.

After being notified, people with ID numbers ending in an even digit can claim their vouchers online on Thursday, while those with odd-digit last numbers on their ID can do so Friday, the Sports Administration said.

Unclaimed remaining vouchers can be claimed from Saturday, it added.

The vouchers are valid from Aug. 1 through the end of the year, and can be used at participating retailers to purchase sporting goods, tickets for athletic events and even e-sports products, according to the Sports Administration.

The NT$2 billion program is intended to boost Taiwan's athletic sector amid the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The government has not said how much value it expects it to generate.

(By Huang Chiao-wen and Matthew Mazzetta)

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