The Jockey Club has gone the extra mile to promote its Mark Six lottery as it released some big data analysis that it hopes will prompt more people into buying the tickets and dream of getting rich.
As it readies for a snowball jackpot, the Hong Kong lottery monopoly has posted on its website new information on past successes, offering an analysis of the lottery history and wins.
What is interesting are the indirect suggestions as to where and what one should buy if he or she is to maximize the chances of winning the HK$80 million jackpot that is due for draw next Thursday (Jan 3).
Before you place your lucky bet, you are reminded that the Jockey Club is Hong Kong’s largest charity organization because whatever the outcome, it would keep a quarter of what you bet.
Like in any game, there is only real winner. But the Jockey Club makes you feel good even when you lose because it leads you to believe that you are, in fact, contributing to a charity.
Now, let’s come to what the lottery history throws up in terms of recommendations.
First of all, it’s location, location as to where you may want to line up for the tickets. The stations with the longest queues actually seem to the best places to snare a lucky ticket.
So, it’s no surprise, for example, that the betting center on Stanley Street, Central, is always crowded with people during jackpot times.
We can understand why the folks in Central particularly feel they need to try and get rich. Well, who doesn’t? Working for rich people does not mean we are rich people – and that is why the HK$80 million dream always works.
The Stanley center took two big lotteries last year, and it’s the same case with Telford House in Kowloon Bay.
The Stanley center, in fact, is considered the “luckiest” off-course betting branch (OCBB), having sold winning tickets as many as 47 times since 1994, beating the 41 score of Tuen Mun Town Plaza center.
It is hard to argue with historical facts and figures. So try to pick a branch with “Plaza” in the name. Four out of the 10 lucky OCBBs were in Plaza buildings. Other than Tuen Mun, we also have Kwun Tong Plaza (No.3, 37 times), Lucky Plaza (No.7, 35 times) and Tai Po Plaza (No.9, 31).
Tai Po produced one of the eight jackpot winners last year, as did another other outlet at Kwong Fuk Road which was ranked No. 10 on the list.
For numbers, Jockey Club tells us to go for “8”, the auspicious number that showed up twice (18, 28) in New Year’s jackpot in 2018.
Well, we can argue that the upcoming lottery may have little correlation to previous events and that it would be simplistic to think that a ticket buyer can land better chances by interpolating past data.
Each event is mutually exclusive, of course.
Still, the Jockey Club knows well the Chinese people’s psychology of wanting to get rich, so it tells them what and where to buy – something that is unheard of among peers in other parts of the world.
All we can say is, Good Luck!
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