LOTTERY

HK$73 million Mark Six jackpot split between 23.5 winning units

Each unit will receive about HK$2.8 million

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 27 November, 2016, 9:49am
UPDATED : Sunday, 27 November, 2016, 9:53am

Winning the Mark Six jackpot would be a dream come true for most, especially if you bought strange numbers and won – though perhaps less so on Saturday, when there were a total of 23.5 jackpot winning units.

With the jackpot reaching about HK$73 million, one of the highest in Mark Six history, Hongkongers from all walks of life were glued to their television screens on Saturday night as the numbered and coloured balls rolled out of the lottery machine one after another.

The numbers were 1, 2, 3, 4, 7 and 10, with the special number 33.

“If you won first prize, you better hypnotise yourself that you actually won second prize,” a netizen wrote on the popular HKGolden forum, in a post that was followed by an array of comments.

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As strange as the numbers sound, there were a total of 23.5 jackpot winning units. Each unit won about HK$2.8 million – an amount usually granted to second prize winners.

The numbers drawn on Saturday were reminiscent of those from July 5, 1997 when, coincidentally or not, there were a total of 39 winning units for the first prize, marking the highest number of jackpot winning units in the history of the lottery.

The numbers drawn on that day were 1, 4, 9, 17, 18, with the special number 40. Back then, the payout for each winning unit was HK$705,770.

Mark Six fever went through the roof in September when people across the city queued to snap up tickets, hoping to win the biggest ever jackpot of HK$169 million. Two lucky winners became millionaires overnight, each of them taking home about HK$84.6 million.