$150m jackpot intensifies Mark Six fever

Top News | Adeline Mak 10 May 2016

Jackpot fever is expected to intensify today reaching a climax at 9.15pm when the Jockey Club betting centers stop accepting Mark Six bets.

As of 10 o'clock last night, turnover had reached HK$184,701,275 or more than HK$25 for every man, woman and child in Hong Kong.

At stake is an estimated HK$150 million first prize created by the failure of anyone to predict the correct six numbers in the last eight draws.

The massive prize is the result of the roll-over jackpot that has reached HK$115 million, the highest in history, breaking the HK$113 million record set in September 2014.

Yesterday saw tens of thousands of hopeful punters flock to betting centers, with the longest queue seen outside the one at Stanley Street, said to be the luckiest, having sold 42 winning tickets in big draws.

Other popular centers were at Tuen Mun Town Plaza and Hankow Road in Tsim Sha Tsui, each of which has sold at least 35 first prizes.

The betting center on Marble Road in North Point, which sold two tickets that pocketed HK$44 million each in 2011, was also crowded at lunchtime yesterday.

One punter, who spent HK$400 yesterday, said she would spend half the prize money on investments, including buying flats, 10 percent on traveling and 10 percent on charity.

The amount needed to cover every possible winning combination is HK$139,838,160.

No one has ever won a top prize of HK$100 million by himself.

The highest payout to an individual was HK$90,951,590 on December 10, 2013.

According to the Jockey Club, draws offering a first-division prize of HK$100 million and above in 2011, 2012, 2014 and 2016 were all shared by more than one ticket.

Five tickets scooped a massive top prize of HK$136 million, with each unit taking home more than HK$27 million in the Jockey Club's 40th anniversary special snowball draw in March.

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