How to Play the Hong Kong Lottery

The Hong Kong lottery is one of the world’s most popular lotteries. It is run by the Hong Kong Jockey Club and can be played online or in a local store. The game has a jackpot of up to HK$1 million and is available to play for free or with real money.

The lottery is played using a 6/49 matrix which means you have to pick six numbers from a range of 1 to 49. These numbers then form a pool and if you match all six of them, you win a first division prize which in turn can grow to a huge size – a mark 6 jackpot that has grown to over HK$100 million several times.

A quick pick facility is also available which allows you to ask a retailer or computer to randomly select your numbers for you, a similar method used in the UK National Lottery and Europe’s EuroMillions and nearly all USA Lottery games. This has a small cost and is very convenient for those who don’t have time to visit the shop or don’t want to buy their own numbers.

Those who do choose to purchase their own tickets should be aware that the jackpot for a single ticket is limited to HK$8 million, with a rollover that can increase in size each time it doesn’t win. The lottery also offers special thrice-weekly Mark Six draws known as Snowball Draws that are held on various occasions throughout the year and have bigger jackpots than regular draws, making them more attractive to those who wish to participate.