In Hong Kong, the lottery
The Mark Six lottery in Hong Kong was launched in 1975 as a way to combat illegal lotteries that were common in China. It is similar to a traditional lottery, in that players select combinations of six numbers from 1 to 49. If they get all six of the winning numbers, they win the top prize. Moreover, there are several other prizes available for players to choose from. In addition, players can choose from Quick Pick tickets with selections randomly selected by the computer.
Tickets for the Mark Six lottery are sold at licensed outlets throughout the city, including hotels and supermarkets. The lottery is a public trust fund, and the proceeds are used for a variety of social welfare activities. In the past, it has also been used to help fund a number of major sports events in the city.
In addition to the six-figure top prize, Mark Six offers a series of smaller prizes, including flights, luxury apartments, and sports cars. However, some critics warn that the lottery is not a good way to raise money for charity. They argue that the government should focus on reducing poverty instead of encouraging lottery participation.
Although the Hong Kong Jockey Club is best known for horse racing, it also operates a lottery. It is licensed by the government to run the lottery alongside its primary business. It has a very simple format, and the lottery draws take place twice per week on Wednesdays and Saturdays. The HKJC is the only authorized operator of the lottery in the territory.
The popularity of the lottery in Hong Kong is due to its massive top prize, which is more than ten times the amount of the second prize. It is also possible to buy tickets online, making it even easier to participate in the lottery. The smuggled tickets were discovered by custom officials during an anti-smuggling operation in June, and the tickets have now been handed over to the HKJC for review.
According to the officials, the smuggled tickets had been destined for Macau and China, where the lottery is very popular. The smugglers were trying to make a profit by selling the tickets at a higher price than they had purchased them for. Those caught smuggling the tickets could face fines or imprisonment.