Date
25 July 2017
Four lucky winners shared the HK$8 million jackpot in Tuesday's Mark Six draw. Photos: HKEJ, HKJC
Four lucky winners shared the HK$8 million jackpot in Tuesday's Mark Six draw. Photos: HKEJ, HKJC

Is the God of Mark Six trying to tell us something?

Hong Kong punters take their game seriously, and therefore choose their numbers carefully.

But how does one make sense of last night’s Mark Six winning numbers: 1, 5, 7, 9, 10 and 15 with 3 as the extra number?

You would think that no one bet on those low, almost completely consecutive odd numbers, but four did and each of them are now HK$2 million richer!

(Congratulations! But hold off the party because I’m afraid the prize money is not even enough to buy a car parking lot.)

In other words, if you bet on the first six odd numbers because you just hate random choices, you’d get HK$9,600.

Little wonder that over 100 people won the second prize, which paid HK$38,400 last night.

And for a change, the Hong Kong Jockey Club had to draw HK$31.5 million from its reserves to pay the winners.

Is the God of Mark Six trying to tell us something?

There must be something significant about the combination of the winning numbers, especially since the draw came ahead of President Xi Jinping’s visit to Hong Kong in six weeks and before the candlelight vigil for the June 4 commemoration due in three weeks.

It also came amid other knotty issues in the political scene, such as news that Chief Executive-elect Carrie Lam is having difficulties in forming her governing team, and that outgoing CE Leung Chun-ying had tried to influence a Legislative Council probe into his receipt of HK$50 million from Australian firm UGL after he became chief executive five years ago.

This reminds us of the Nov. 27 draw, when the God of Mark Six showed his mercy by letting the ridiculous combination of 1, 2, 3, 4, 7 and 10 win the top prize.

As analysts noted then, the numbers 5, 6, 8 and 9 were curiously missing, and 689 has come to refer to CY Leung as it represents the number of votes he secured from the 1,200-member election committee in 2012. 

The thinking then was that the winning numbers did not augur well for the Hong Kong leader. And guess what, CY Leung later announced that he would not seek a second term. 

So, what is the good news in the latest Mark Six results? Will Leung be able to survive the latest episode in the UGL saga?

Well, given the number “9” won, he should be alright as long as “7” – which has come to refer to his successor Carrie Lam,  who won 777 votes in March – remains in office.

(Thought of the day: What would happen to the UGL investigation if John Tsang had won the election?)

Give us a month to prove we are right again.

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EJ Insight writer

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