Lottery Hongkong is the principal lottery game in Hong Kong and is run by the Hong Kong Jockey Club, one of the largest horse racing organizations in the world. It is authorized by the Hong Kong Government to operate the Mark Six lottery alongside its primary business of horse racing, which is the most popular spectator sport in the city.
The game consists of picking six numbers from a pool of 49 and winning the jackpot by selecting all of them correctly. It has a minimum guaranteed jackpot of HK$ 8 million and can grow to large sums over time.
It is drawn thrice a week on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday, and bets can be made up to 15 minutes before each draw. The Hong Kong Jockey Club (HKJC) is responsible for the games, which have a reputation of being fair and safe to play.
A variety of methods are used to ensure that the Mark Six lottery is a fair game, including using balls that have been tested, measured and weighed. The machine and balls are also locked in a safe after each draw.
In addition, the HKJC has a tradition of delaying draws when a large accumulated jackpot is reached. It is not uncommon for the number of tickets sold to fall below the minimum, so a delay is arranged to ensure that everyone has the chance to buy a ticket.
The HKJC is also a generous donor, donating millions of dollars to various charities and community projects. These contributions are mainly in the areas of sports, health, jobs and employment, possibilities, the cultivation of culture and arts and helping and volunteering.