Home lottery draws nearly 340,000 early-bird hopefulsTop News | Jane Cheung 16 Jun 2021
At least 338,000 vaccinated permanent residents have signed up online or in person for the Sino Group and Chinese Estate Holdings lottery within eight hours of its launch in the hopes of winning a HK$10.8 million flat in Kwun Tong.
That would mean 19.2 percent of 1.76 million vaccinated Hongkongers had signed up by 5pm yesterday to try their luck.
The lottery's top prize is a 449-square-foot, one-bedroom flat at 47D Tower 3, Phase 2, Grand Central, on Hip Wo Street. It is only for Hong Kong permanent residents.
Sponsors will also pay the stamp duty, registration and legal costs for the winner, as well as the first year of property management fees.
The lottery offers 20 other prizes- prepaid cards or credit cards of HK$100,000 each. All Hong Kong ID card holders of age - including those with employment visas such as domestic helpers - are eligible.
The lottery is only open for people aged 18 or above who have completed both doses of vaccines in Hong Kong on or before September 1. Those who have been infected by Covid-19 can also join the draw after getting one shot.
Registration on https://www.vaccinationluckydraw.hk will remain open until 5.30pm on September 1. Staff have been assigned to help the public with the online registration at 10 venues, including Sino Plaza in Wan Chai, Olympian City 2 in Tai Kok Tsui and Citywalk in Tsuen Wan.
The website only asks applicants to enter their mobile phone contact and full Hong Kong ID card number, without the need to provide vaccination records. It is understood the government will help organizers verify whether winners have taken the shots.
Winners will be drawn at noon on September 8. Results will be announced on the registration site as well as in The Standard and Sing Tao Daily on September 13.
Winners will be notified through mobile phone SMS.
A vaccine lottery by Dream Cruises - with the first prize a HK$3.8 million all-you-can-cruise annual pass in a deluxe balcony stateroom for four guests - had seen 700,000 registrations by yesterday, six days after applications at http://bit.ly/GentingDreamSweeptakesEN opened.
Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor said Hong Kong has seen a significant increase in inoculations, thanks to support by enterprises and private institutions of the government's vaccination campaign.
Lam said yesterday different sectors have contributed to vaccine incentives of HK$180 million, which will be rolled out gradually.
By yesterday, 1.79 million people - 26.3 percent of the city's 6.82 million population above 12 - had taken at least one dose of vaccine.
They include 781,6000 for the Beijing-made Sinovac and 1.01 million for German-made BioNTech/Fosun.
Among them,1.22 million - 17.8 percent - have completed both jabs. A total of three million doses have been administered.
Lam said Hong Kong vaccine's coverage is "not bad" compared to international figures. In Asia, the city's uptake rate is second only to Singapore.
"Despite a significant rise in our numbers, we need to do better to develop herd immunity to enter the next phase where we can enjoy less social distancing measures and facilitate traveler flow," she said.
Lam cited Israel, European countries and parts of the United States where health measures have been relaxed after a good proportion of people have been fully vaccinated.