Hong Kong Lottery Tickets Found in Smugglers’ Cargo
Hong Kong Lottery is an exciting game that allows players to win cash prizes. It is run by the Hong Kong Jockey Club and has a long history in the region. The first drawing took place in 1975 and the jackpot isn’t capped, meaning it can grow rapidly. The lottery has become a major part of the city’s culture and economy. The game also helps fund social welfare activities.
Players choose six numbers from a pool of 49 to win the top prize. The numbers are drawn from a transparent plastic cylinder, and the HKJJ rotates the cylinder every Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday to mix the balls and make the process more random. A seventh number, called the extra number or half number, is also chosen by a machine. This number doesn’t determine who wins the top prize, but it does dictate who wins the second, fourth, and sixth prize tiers.
Smugglers have been attempting to smuggle Hong Kong lottery tickets to Macau and mainland China, Reuters reports. The tickets were found in a cargo ship that was being loaded with electronic goods, according to local media. The Hong Kong Customs and Excise Department has the tickets in its possession while it decides what to do with them.
In Hong Kong, gambling is regulated by the Gambling Ordinance. The lottery is one of the most popular forms of gambling and a significant source of revenue for the government. Officials also fight illegal gambling, which has become an increasingly common problem in the region.