Date
21 January 2017
A photo of a Mark Six ticket with the winning numbers went viral on social media. A notice at a Jockey Club outlet on Des Voeux Road West in Sheung Wan erroneously said the top prize was HK$1 billion. Photos: HKEJ, Facebook
A photo of a Mark Six ticket with the winning numbers went viral on social media. A notice at a Jockey Club outlet on Des Voeux Road West in Sheung Wan erroneously said the top prize was HK$1 billion. Photos: HKEJ, Facebook

Govt is biggest winner with HK$110 mln duty on Mark Six draw

Five punters shared the HK$100 million super Mark Six jackpot in Tuesday night’s draw, with each winning around HK$27 million.

The total turnover of the mega lottery marking Mark Six’s 40th anniversary hit HK$446 million, a record high.

The government will charge a HK$110 million betting duty on the draw, making it the biggest winner in the lottery, Apple Daily reports.

The winning numbers are 11, 16, 19, 21, 30, 33 and the extra number is 31.

A photo showing a Mark Six ticket with the winning numbers went viral on social media.

The lucky punter reportedly spent HK$30 to buy three entries on Tuesday, and one of the three won the first prize.

However, the Jockey Club declined to comment on the ticket’s authenticity, saying it wanted to protect the identities of the winners.

On Tuesday, thousands of punters including locals and expatriates lined up outside the Jockey Club outlet on Stanley Street in Central, considered a “lucky” betting center after having produced 42 winners in previous draws.

Actor Kenneth Ng Kam-tsun hosted the snowball draw. He has been hosting the live telecast of the Mark Six draws for nearly 17 years.

Earlier on Tuesday, the Jockey Club issued an apology for an erroneous notice at its outlet on Des Voeux Road West in Sheung Wan, which said the top prize was HK$1 billion instead of HK$100 million.

It said the mistake was made by clerical staff and the notice had been corrected immediately after it was spotted. 

Punters who felt they had been misled by the poster were allowed to cancel their bets before ticket sales stopped at 9:15 p.m. on Tuesday.

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