Hong Kong Jockey Club – Hong Kong Lottery
The Hong Kong Mark 6 lottery is the major lottery game in Hong Kong and is run by the Hong Kong Jockey Club, one of the world’s largest horse racing organizations.
The HKJC is authorized by the Hong Kong Government to operate the Hong Kong Lottery alongside its primary business of horse racing, the most popular spectator sport in Hong Kong.
The Hong Kong Jockey Club is Hong Kong’s largest single tax payer and accounts for approx. 6.5% of all taxes collected by the Government.
The HKJC has a business model that is admired right across the world as it operates as a non-profit organization with any surplus monies going to charities. Approximately HKD$1 billion is given to community projects and charities every year and the HKJC is among the largest charity donators in the world today.
Mark Six – Overview
The Mark Six lottery in Hong Kong is a traditional, jackpot style, draw type lottery game which is incredibly popular amongst the people of Hong Kong.
The Hong Kong Mark Six is administered by the HKJC Lotteries Ltd., which is a subsidiary of the famous Hong Kong Jockey Club.
The Hong Kong Mark Six has a jackpot which starts at HKD$5 million and will increase each draw by rolling over when it is not won. This can happen indefinitely as there is no upper jackpot limit leading to some quite huge jackpot figures.
Through the year, the Hong Kong Jockey Club will hold special “Snowball Draws” for the Mark Six lottery.
These draws have increased jackpot figures and are normally held on special occasions such as public holidays or during festivals like Mid-Autumn Snowball Draws, Easter Snowball Draws, Chinese New Year Snowball Draws, Summer Snowball Draws and Christmas Snowball Draws.
For each of these special Mark 6 draws, a certain percentage of the overall spend on the Hong Kong Lottery is taken and put into a Snowball Pool. This money is then added to the jackpot fund for that particular draw, increasing the jackpot.
The Mark Six Snowball Draws are naturally, incredibly popular due to the large jackpots on offer.
How It Works…
The Hong Kong Mark Six lottery game uses what’s called a 6/49 matrix which means that when playing the Mark 6, you need to select 6 numbers from a pool of numbers from 1 to 49 – if you match all 6 numbers drawn then you will be a winner of the first division prize – the Mark 6 jackpot.
For each game, 7 numbers are drawn from a traditional ball drawing machine containing 49 numbers – as opposed to using a Random Number Generator – the first 6 balls being the Drawn Numbers and then a 7th ball being the Extra Number.
As well as the jackpot itself, there are 6 more ways in which you can win on the Hong Kong Mark Six, which means that are a large number of prizes to be won 3 times every week for anyone who plays this game.
A “Quick Pick” facility is available when playing the Hong Kong Lottery very much the same as the “Lucky Dip” option that is used in the UK National Lottery or Europe’s Euro-Millions or nearly all USA lottery games – which means that you can ask the lottery retailer or computer to randomly select all your Hong Kong Lotto numbers for you.
So, playing the Mark 6 is easy…just select your own 6 numbers or request them to be randomly generated for you by choosing the “Quick Pick” option.
Draws for the Mark 6 Lotto take place 3 times per week on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at approximately 10.00pm Hong Kong time and you can easily check the Mark Six results as the draws are televised live.
The cost of playing the Mark 6 lottery is HKD$5 for one game.
Who Can Play?
As with most lotteries around the world, previously only citizens living in Hong Kong itself were allowed to play in any of the Hong Kong Lottery games including the Mark Six Lotto - you used to have to purchase your Hong Kong Lotto tickets from an authorized retailer based in Hong Kong.
Today, though, this is not a concern as there are a good number of online lottery ticket sales retailers like TheLotter who are both authorized and genuine - you are able to select your Mark 6 numbers online and purchase your tickets no matter where in the world you live.
This is good news of course if you live outside of Hong Kong and want to play the Mark 6 Lottery and ensure your entry into the next draw or simply want to have the convenience and ease of being able to buy lottery tickets online.
Once you have entered into the Mark Six draw, you can then easily check the Hong Kong Lottery results online to see how you have done and find out if you have become one of the lucky Mark 6 winners.
You will need to be 18 years of age to be eligible to purchase a ticket for any of the Hong Kong Lottery games including the Mark Six.
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Information & Background
Hong Kong Mark Six draws are televised live by one of the two free-to-air tv stations in Hong Kong.
For each draw, the Hong Kong Jockey Club invites two or three people of a high social standing to oversee the draw to verify that everything has been done in the fairest possible way.
The Mark 6 is so popular in Hong Kong that it is considered the normal thing to do for people to play the Hong Kong Lottery. On occasions when the Mark 6 jackpot is particularly large, it is likely that more than HKD$120 million will be spent on the game. This is incredible when you realize this would be 24 million games from a population of around 7 million.
What Are The Odds?
The odds of winning on the Mark Six Lottery are very competitive when compared to many lotteries around the world and with 7 different ways in which you can win three times per week, this makes for a lot of prizes to be won.
The chances of winning an Mark 6 jackpot by matching the 6 drawn numbers are 1 in 13.98 million – for these odds you could be one of the Hong Kong Mark 6 jackpot winners.
For one of the prizes in the second division, the odds come in at 1 in 2.33 million for matching 5 of the drawn numbers plus the extra number.
The likelihood of winning a third division prize comes in at 1 in 54,201 for matching 5 of the drawn numbers and for a prize in the fourth division the odds are 1 in 44,393 for matching 4 of the drawn numbers plus the extra number.
For a fifth division prize the odds of you winning are 1 in just 1,032 for matching 4 of the drawn numbers with 6th division odds being 1 in 2,436 for matching just 3 of the drawn numbers plus the extra number.
The final prize division – the seventh division – carries odds of 1 in only 57 for matching just 3 of the drawn numbers.
As there is no limit to how high the Mark Six jackpot can roll over to, it is quite common in the event of large rollovers to see jackpots building up to around the HKD$ 60 MILLION mark.
The biggest Hong Kong Mark 6 jackpot won to date has been the massive HKD$ 133.35 MILLION won on May 20th 2011 by 3 lucky winners.
How Are Jackpots Paid?
If you are the lucky winner of a Hong Kong Mark 6 jackpot, you will be paid your winnings in the form of a cash lump sum. All Hong Kong Lottery prizes are, in fact, paid out as cash lump sums.
You will need to claim any Hong Kong Lotto prize, including the Mark 6 jackpot, if you are a winner, by presenting your ticket within 60 days of the draw taking place.
If your Hong Kong Mark Six win is more than HKD$5 million, you will need to claim your prize by calling the 1817 Hotline within the specified time after the draw and registering.
If you have won between HKD$1 million and HKD$5 million, you can clim your prize at the Hong Kong Jockey Club headquarters in Happy Valley.
If your win is below HKD$1 million, you can claim your prize at any off-course betting branch or at the betting counter within the racecourse.
Of course, if you have purchased your Mark 6 lottery ticket with an online lottery ticket sales agency like TheLotter you will not need to be concerned about any of this as your lottery ticket agent will take care of all these things and ensure that payment is made directly to you when you play lottery online.
How Hong Kong Benefits…
Revenue raised by the Hong Kong Mark 6 lottery is used both to generate funds for the Hong Kong government and also for charitable causes.
Major areas to benefit from lottery funding in Hong Kong are social welfare capital projects which receive revenues paid to the Lotteries Fund – 15% of all monies spent on the Mark 6 lottery.
The Hong Kong Jockey Club is one of the world’s largest donators to charity with an average of HKD$1 billion every year going towards hundreds of charities and community projects.