Date
21 January 2018
The lucky winner in Thursday's Mark Six draw only bought a half ticket, which means half of the HK$133 million top prize will be added to the pool in the next week's lottery. Photo: HKEJ
The lucky winner in Thursday's Mark Six draw only bought a half ticket, which means half of the HK$133 million top prize will be added to the pool in the next week's lottery. Photo: HKEJ

Dream on: Mega Mark Six jackpot is still on ice!

First, the bad news: we still need to get up to work, as always. 

But the good news is that there will always be another chance.

We are, of course, talking about the HK$100 million Mark Six jackpot, which will be coming again next Tuesday.

Thanks to the lucky winner in Thursday’s lottery, who only bought a half ticket, half of the eye-popping HK$133 million top prize will be added to the pool in the next draw.

And it is quite likely that the jackpot for Tuesday (the draw originally scheduled for Sunday was postponed in the wake of the super-sized first division prize fund) will exceed HK$100 million because more people bet as the prize gets bigger.

As such, there’s a big chance that the first-ever winner of a nine-digit Mark Six jackpot will be celebrating next week.

Thursday’s jackpot, originally estimated at HK$110 million, ballooned to nearly HK$300 million, the fifth largest total betting amount in the Hong Kong Jockey Club’s history. (For the record, the highest betting amount was reached during Mark Six’s 40th anniversary draw on March 1, 2016, which exceeded HK$446 million.)

No matter who wins how much in Mark Six, the government will be happy to have a 25 percent cut on the total bets, and so will be the Hong Kong Jockey Club, which regularly takes a 6 percent cut, or HK$18 million in this case.

The top ticket winner(s) would share roughly 24 percent of the prize fund. Actually, 54 percent of the prize fund is allocated to the lucky winners, with the top winner(s) getting 45 percent minus the smaller prizes and special jackpot adjustments.

This week’s Mark Six mega jackpot sent the city into a frenzy, as millions of Hongkongers joined long queues at Jockey Club betting outlets for the chance to realize their dreams of becoming super-rich in a city where money rules.

Ask any of the hopeful punters, and it would be a surprise if their dream does not include acquiring a home in Hong Kong, although the upsurge in local property prices would mean their dream home is getting smaller and smaller.

Media interviews with the Mark Six bettors on how they intend to spend their winnings were quite interesting.

Among pet lovers, one would donate HK$10 million for stray dogs, while another vowed to build a home for 200 golden coin turtles.

Someone would stay at the Four Seasons for life, while another would spend the entire jackpot on wine.

Dream on, it would only take HK$10 to buy your dream ticket. Good luck!

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CG

EJ Insight writer

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