The Small Claims Tribunal has rejected a claim from a Mark Six ticket holder who demanded that the Hong Kong Jockey Club pay him HK$47,140 for winning the third prize in the lottery despite failing to collect his prize money within 60 days, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.
The 65-year-old claimant, Cheung Kwok-wah, had argued that HKJC Lotteries Limited should have honored his winning ticket as the club would automatically deposit the prize money to owners of betting accounts.
Cheung had said that under Article 25 of the Basic Law, all Hong Kong people should be treated fairly and as such should enjoy the same rights and entitlements from the HKJC, Ming Pao Daily reported.
Last Wednesday, Cheung applied to the Court of First Instance for the right to appeal the decision by the Small Claims Tribunal, but was informed in writing on Monday that his application to appeal had been rejected.
Judge David Lok of the Court of First Instance of the High Court ruled that the terms laid down by the HKJC clearly stipulate that prize winners must collect their dividends within 60 days from the date the lottery is drawn, and such terms are clearly displayed on both the tickets and posters within betting centers.
Lok added that the HKJC is entitled to devise different contract terms for different types of customers.
According to Apple Daily, Cheung is a retired cross-border truck driver who has been buying Mark Six tickets on a regular basis for 40 years.
Cheung, however, said he hasn’t made it a habit to check the Mark Six results immediately after a lottery.
He isn’t giving up. He said he is considering lodging an appeal to the Court of Final Appeal or even push for a judicial review.
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