The Hong Kong Mark 6 Lottery is a 49 ball lottery where players – like the name suggests – have to mark six numbers out of a possible forty-nine and match all six to win the jackpot. Using 49 numbered balls, drawn from a rotating cylinder it is very similar to many other lotteries from around the world.
Tickets for the Hong Kong Mark 6 Lottery cost 5 HKD, to win the jackpot players need to match all six numbers on their lottery ticket with the six drawn in the main Hong Kong Mark 6 lottery draw.
Seven numbers in total are drawn in the Hong Kong Mark 6 Lottery. The last ball drawn is called the “extra number” or sometimes the “half number” in Cantonese.
There are seven prize divisions in all, from the main jackpot to three numbers drawn. Here are how the prizes are divided:
- Jackpot prize – All six numbers drawn
- 2nd Division prize – Five main balls and the extra number
- 3rd Division prize - Five main balls
- 4th Division prize – Four main balls and the extra number
- 5th Division prize – Four main balls
- 6th Division prize – Three main balls and the extra ball
- 7th Division prize – Three main balls
The payout for the first to third division prizes on the Hong Kong Mark 6 Lottery are dependent on the amount of tickets sold for the draw. Snowballs and special draws can also affect the prize amounts.
Prizes for the fourth to seventh division however are set in the Hong Kong Mark 6 Lottery so players always know what prizes they will receive if they match four balls and the extra ball or less.
If the first division prize is not won then the Hong Kong Mark 6 Lottery creates jackpots and snowballs where the prize snowballs onto the next draw.