Halloween is all about surprises.
And so we are pleasantly surprised that the Jockey Club has restored the Halloween Mark Six Snowball to its previous level of HK$80 million, after having reduced the jackpot in the last two years.
The draw next Tuesday (Oct. 30) is sure to excite many Hongkongers, especially in the twilight months of a depressing year in equities and a rather unexciting year in the property sector.
But as you shade the six numbers in your lottery ticket, here’s something you may want to consider:
As you very well know, “8″ is a lucky number in Chinese numerology as it sounds like “fa”, which means “making a fortune” in Cantonese. But think of the Asian financial crisis, which spanned most of 1998, and the global financial tsunami in 2008. Does that make “8″ a number to avoid?
On the other hand, “4″ is considered an unlucky number, again because of how it sounds in Cantonese.
But think again: the numbers “40”, “45”, “46” and “49” were seen in the last five Halloween draws.
Digging up for more possible tips, we came up with the two most frequent numbers in Halloween draws: “22″ and “29″, which appeared three times.
But really, all these numbers don’t hold any special significance in a game of chance, and the probability that they would be drawn in next Tuesday’s draw is the same as any other number from 1 to 49. In fact, picking 1-2-3-4-5-6 has the same chances of winning as any random combination of six numbers.
So don’t hold it against us if the numbers we’ve mentioned are not drawn. Just buy a ticket, and leave the rest to chance – or to the God of Fortune, if you prefer.
Anyway, what a Mark Six ticket buys is simply a chance not to miss out on the chance of winning, no matter if that chance is one in 13,983,816.
With the mega jackpot, you can buy a decent, never-before-occupied 2,000 square foot apartment, three million shares of Tencent Holdings (00700.HK), or a few other worldly things.
Don’t get carried away too much, though. These days, HK$80 million is but a drop in the bucket if you compare it how much our government spent on the Hong Kong section of the Guangzhou–Shenzhen–Hong Kong Express Rail Link, which amounted to nearly HK$85 billion, or how much it is going to cough up for the Lantau Tomorrow Vision reclamation project, which is estimated to cost around HK$500 billion.
Good luck! In case you’re not so lucky this time around, you can still have fun in Halloween!
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