Amid a soaring youth unemployment rate in China, young people are flocking to the hongkong lottery in hopes of striking it rich. But some experts warn that this lottery frenzy can give rise to problem gambling.
In hongkong lottery, players select six numbers from 1 to 49. If all the numbers match, they win the jackpot. The first prize is usually around HK$100 million. There are also special ‘snowball pools’ added to the first prize on selected draws. These are normally held to celebrate unique festivals or public holidays.
The first version of hongkong lottery was launched on 5 September 1975. It was initially designed to combat illegal lotteries. Originally, it was a 14 number game. In 1976, it was adapted to a 36 number format. Finally, it settled on a 49 number format in 2002.
hongkong lottery is an important source of funding for charities and community projects in Hong Kong. In the past decade alone, it has donated over 200 million Hong Kong dollars. The money is used to promote sports, healthy living, education, and entertainment.
If you’re lucky enough to snag a ticket, the campaign will open to travelers in Southeast Asia and mainland China in March, followed by residents of the UK and other countries in May. The tickets will include round-trip airfare, plus applicable surcharges and fees. Interested parties can enter the giveaway by visiting Cathay Pacific’s website from 9am on May 9. Applicants will be notified through a lottery system or purchase-one-get-one-free promotions.