Record HK$115 million Mark Six jackpot draws queues across Hong Kong including ‘luckiest’ betting shop in Central

Prize exceeds HK$113 million recorded in September 2014

PUBLISHED : Monday, 09 May, 2016, 1:21pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 10 May, 2016, 2:12pm

Hongkongers all across the city queued up in sweltering weather yesterday to snap up tickets ahead of tonight’s much-anticipated Mark Six draw – with total prizes worth about HK$150 million.

As of Tuesday 2pm, the total turnover had reached HK$226 million. The highest turnover of HK$446 was recorded in March this year, when the Jockey Club celebrated its 40th anniversary.

Ticket sales will end at 9.15pm on Tuesday, ahead of the final draw at 9.30pm that night.

The jackpot of HK$115 million is the biggest ever, exceeding the HK$113 million in September 2014.

The unusually large sum resulted from no one claiming the top prize in the previous eight draws.

Many flocked to Hong Kong’s “lucky” Jockey Club betting shop on Stanley Street in Central.

Restaurant employee Rose Chan, 60, said she chose to buy here ticket there as it had a reputation for being “more prosperous”.

David Wong, 60, a driver who stood in line outside the same shop during his lunch hour, said he planned to spend HK$100.

“I hope this shop 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 get two or three numbers these days, let alone the top prize,” she said.

Wong said she would spend HK$60, as she always did.