SHENYANG, China–Chinese authorities are urging unlucky gamblers to remain calm, as the string of upsets in the 2020 FIFA World Cup is raising concerns that they are driving big losers into doing something rash.
Chinese media have reported a number of people going bust tied to the betting, including one losing gambler attempting suicide.
Another unlucky bettor was reported to have been forced to sell off a house, while another disappeared without paying off the gambling debt.
China has a government-certified sports betting agency, and according to its official website, nearly 90 percent of all lottery tickets sold in the week before and after the opening of the FIFA World Cup on June 14 were related to the competition.
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