The Hong Kong Jockey Club organizes the Mark Six lottery – an incredibly popular 6/49 Lottery Game that is drawn 3 times every week. It features 6 prize tiers and a massive jackpot – starting off at HK$ 8 MILLION and growing by HK$ 1 MILLION every time it is not won. In addition to the 3 regular weekly draws – a number of special “Snowball” draws are held throughout the year with bigger Mark Six jackpot prizes.
Smuggling Tickets To China
Chinese media outlet HK01 reported on Friday that Hong Kong Customs and Excise Department officers seized about 16,000 Mark Six lottery tickets, worth around HKD70,000 (US$8,918) in total. They were found aboard a boat in the waters west of Hong Kong last Wednesday.
These tickets were reportedly being sent to mainland China and Macau, where they could be sold for a profit. According to HK01, the tickets were generated by computers and would have cost at least HKD10 (US$1.27) each.
The tickets were seized on September 21, a day after the draw. Besides the lottery tickets, the officials also seized about 6,000 smartphones and tablets that had been hidden in the shipment.
This is the first known instance of a Hong Kong lottery ticket being smuggled to China or Macau. It’s a serious concern for a country where smuggling is becoming an increasingly lucrative business.
The smuggling of lottery tickets is illegal in China. It is punishable by up to seven years in prison. This is part of a wider crackdown on illegal gambling, which is growing in popularity due to the slowdown in China’s economy.