Lottery Hongkong is a traditional jackpot style lottery run by the HKJC and is an integral part of life in the city. The game has a low betting fee and three big draws each week with large prizes to be won. The game works in the same way as most other lotteries around the world and players simply pick a combination of numbers from 1 to 49. If they win then they receive a prize which is determined by the number of matching numbers they have.
Prizes are paid out either as cash or cheque depending on the size of the prize and can be requested at any HKJC betting branch or online. Winners have 60 days to claim their prizes. The HKJC has strict procedures in place to ensure the fairness of each draw including: a complete audit of all the materials used for each draw including balls, boxes and X-ray testing plus the same set of balls are not used for two consecutive draws.
A big part of the proceeds of each Lottery Hongkong drawing goes towards a Snowball pool which makes up the larger jackpots for special draws like the Mid-Autumn, Chinese New Year, Summer, Easter and Christmas Draws. These jackpots can reach massive amounts and draw a great deal of attention from the public.
HKJC operates as a non-profit organization and any excess proceeds are sent to a wide variety of charities and community projects in Hong Kong. This includes funding 27 students each year to go through a three-year degree course. This helps make HKJC one of the largest charity donators in the world.