The lottery is a popular form of gambling in Hong Kong and the government regulates it to ensure it’s fair. It’s possible to win large sums of money by playing the lottery, and some people even become millionaires through this method. However, you should always play responsibly and check the rules of the game before placing your bets. In addition to regulating the game, the government also helps protect players from fraudulent websites and scams.
The Mark Six lottery is the primary lottery game in Hong Kong and is run by the Hong Kong Jockey Club (HKJC). The HKJC was founded back in 1884 and has a long history of racing horses and is one of the world’s leading horse race organizations. The HKJC is authorized by the Hong Kong Government to operate the lottery alongside its main business of racing.
HKJC employees conduct strict checks and tests on all materials used for the draw, including the boxes, tickets, balls and machines. The balls are also measured, weighed and scanned with X-rays regularly to prevent fraud and to make sure the same set of balls is not used for two consecutive draws.
The HKJC uses a traditional ball drawing machine to select the winning numbers. The machine first picks the 6 main numbers that can win prize levels 1 to 6. Next, it picks a number for the Extra number that determines winners on prize level 2 to 4. Finally the jackpot is picked. The jackpot is rolled over each time there is no winner and can grow to very large sums of money.