Lottery Hongkong is a popular lottery game where players can win big prizes. It is operated by HKJC Lotteries and uses a 6/49 matrix where players need to select six numbers from a range of 1 to 49. If you hit all six numbers, you will win the jackpot which is typically HK$8 million. There are several other prizes too, such as a single number, three numbers or five numbers.
This lottery game has been in operation since 1975 and is a staple part of daily life in Hong Kong. It is a popular game all over the world and has gained recognition for its big prize figures. HKJC is a non-profit organization and any profits are donated to charity. It is one of the oldest non-profit organizations in the country and is responsible for horse racing, sports betting and lotteries in Hong Kong.
HK01 reports that Customs officials recently stopped a river vessel in the waters west of Hong Kong and found 16,000 Mark Six tickets that were being smuggled to mainland China and Macau. These tickets were valued at HK$330,000. HKJC inspected the tickets and found that 600 of them were already redeemable for prizes worth around HK$70,000.
It is believed that the smuggling of these tickets was done because they have a higher first prize than regular Mark Six draws. This means that they would have been more attractive to buyers in mainland China and Macau, who are usually interested in a big jackpot.