All roads lead to betting shops with thousands of players hoping to land the big prize in the 40th anniversary draw of the Hong Kong Mark Six lottery on Tuesday.
Up for grabs is a HK$100 million (US$12.9 million) snowball jackpot which has been drawing punters in droves since advance sales began on Feb. 23.
If their hunches are correct, thousands of players who took bets in the Stanley Street betting station in Central could end up in the money.
Stanley Street has produced 42 lucky winners, the most since the lottery began in 1975.
A punter, surnamed Fong, is making the trip to Central instead of betting online which is his usual practice, Apple Daily reports.
Fong thinks he has a better chance of winning with a Stanley Street ticket, hopefully enough to buy a flat.
Tsuen Kam Center in Tsuen Wan is the second luckiest betting branch with four first-prize winners last year alone.
A retiree, surnamed Yau, said everybody goes crazy over Mark Six and even mainlanders come to Hong Kong to bet.
Outside Hong Kong, thousands of punters play the game illegally.
Yau is not putting all his eggs in one basket.
He went to seven different betting stations to spread the odds more evenly.
He said HK$10 is enough, adding others like him could bet small and win big.
Coco, a white-collar worker, represents the broad appeal of the lottery.
She said it’s a chance of a lifetime and winning it “changes everything”.
And if she wins?
“I would give some money to charity first, then buy a flat for each of my parents and in-laws. I would put what’s left in the bank.”
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