Dozens of people queued up in the sweltering weather outside a betting shop in Central at noon on Monday to snap up tickets ahead of Tuesday’s much-anticipated Mark Six draw, with total prizes worth HK$150 million.
The highlight of this edition is the biggest-ever jackpot of at least HK$115 million, which exceeds the HK$113 million recorded in September 2014.
The unusually large sum is the result of no one claiming the top prize in the previous eight draws.
All bettors will share a total of HK$150 million from the prize fund, according to the Jockey Club’s estimates, but the top winner could secure at least HK$115 million.
Rose Chan, 60, who works at a restaurant in Central, said she chose this particular Jockey Club betting shop as it was “more prosperous”, adding that people tended to have a better chance of winning if they bought their tickets there.
David Wong, 60, a driver who stood in the line outside the same shop during lunch hour, said he planned to spend HK$100.
“I hope this station can bring me luck,” Wong said.
He added that he had been buying Mark Six tickets for 40 years, but still felt “ very excited” about this record jackpot.
A retiree in her 60s surnamed Wong said she came all the way from Hang Hau near Tseung Kwan O to buy tickets from the “luckiest shop” in Central, though she did not expect to win the big prize.
“It’s already difficult to win two or three numbers these days, let alone the top prize,” she said.
Wong said she would spend HK$60 this time, as she always did.