HK$12.5m winner of sweepstakes bought tickets as collector's item
One lucky young professional will never forget the Jockey Club's 125th anniversary, after he won gold worth more than HK$12.5 million in the club's sweepstakes.
The winner, who has not been identified by the club, bought a book of 20 tickets for HK$400. It was his first sweepstakes purchase as he was not in the city during the club's Millennium Sweepstakes a decade ago.
The winner had bought the tickets as a collector's item after walking past a club branch. But when he decided to check the sweepstakes results on the club's website on November 15, the day of the draw, he was shocked to see he had the winning ticket.
He said he had to check his ticket several times before it really sank in that he had won, and then broke the good news to his family.
'My family is important to me, so I will share the gold with them and keep on working,' he said.
He was joined by his family on Friday when he collected his prize at the club's headquarters in Happy Valley.
A total of 2.5 million tickets went on sale on October 2 at HK$20 each.
The sweepstakes tickets come in 20 different designs: 10 depicting milestones in the Jockey Club's history and another 10 showing 'Equine Heroes' - great horses in Hong Kong's racing history.
Each ticket also had a number printed on it and was entered into a lucky draw if that horse won a race during the anniversary race meeting, on November 15. Anyone with sweepstakes tickets bearing the number of a winning horse also received a HK$20 Jockey Club coupon. The first prize was the gold.
The club said the rising price of pure gold had seen the value of the top prize rise 4.5 per cent, or HK$580,000, from when the club bought the gold before the draw.
In the 1960s, when the club held regular sweepstakes, tickets cost HK$2.10 each.