Hong Kong Jockey Club (HKJC) has set out very clear rules for playing the Mark Six lottery so that you know exactly how the game works and what happens if you win a prize. You should make sure that you are aware of the conditions of playing before you take part so that your Mark Six experience is as smooth as possible.
To play Mark Six, you must choose one of the following entry types: single, multiple, banker, or random entry. If you play a single entry you must pick six numbers between 1 and 49. Other types of entry require you to pick seven or more numbers according to the conditions described on the How to Play page.
When Mark Six drawings are conducted, six balls numbered between 1 and 49 are drawn at random. A Bonus Ball is then drawn from the remaining pool of 43. These seven numbers represent the winning line. Prizes are awarded when you match the requisite amount of numbers on your Mark Six ticket with those drawn in the lottery. Visit the Prizes page for more information about the different winning conditions and the prize amounts awarded for each.
You must be at least 18 years of age to play Mark Six. Draws take place three times a week: every Tuesday and Thursday, and on a Saturday if there is no horse racing. If Saturday is a race day, the weekend draw will be held on Sunday instead.
You can buy tickets from the Sha Tin and Happy Valley racecourses, or from one of Hong Kong Jockey Club’s off-course betting branches. You can also enter online or via telephone. Sales close at 9:15pm HKT on the day of the draw, but please note that the opening hours of HKJC facilities are subject to change at the discretion of the Club. The cost of a standard entry is HK$10, and a Partial Unit Investment (PUI) of HK$5 is also accepted. If you play with a PUI, the value of any prize you win is scaled down by 50%.
It is your responsibility as a player to check that you fill out your play slip as intended. You should mark each selection with a vertical stroke, using a blue ballpoint pen. Your lottery ticket must not be folded and you are not allowed to alter it in any way. It is then your responsibility to make sure that all the information printed on your ticket is correct. Once you have bought a ticket, your entry cannot be withdrawn.
Your Mark Six ticket will only then become a valid entry when it has been processed by HKJC and added to the official record for the relevant draw. If the official record is declared void for any reason, then your lottery ticket will also be void, but you may still be eligible for a refund. The operator has the right to decline an entry even after it has been processed.
Assuming that the official record stands, your lottery ticket acts as proof of entry and it is your responsibility to keep it safe. If you win a prize, you must present your ticket within 60 days of the draw taking place. Prizes can be claimed from HKJC racecourses or any off-course betting branch. You must make your claim on a business day, and if you do not come forward within the 60-day claim period the prize will be forfeited.
The individual presenting the lottery ticket will be deemed the sole winner of that entry. When you come forward to collect a prize, Hong Kong Jockey Club can make any enquiries which it considers necessary to determine the validity of the claim. You may be required to provide identification and a contract address before being paid.
If you have an entry for multiple draws, you must come forward within 60 days of the last draw on your ticket. If you have a physical ticket for multiple entries, you can come forward before the date of the last draw to claim your prize and receive a refund for any outstanding draws.
Prizes can be paid by cash, cheque or cash voucher, as determined by the operator. Once the official record shows that a prize has been paid, no further claims will be considered.
Lost or Damaged Tickets
Hong Kong Jockey Club will not pay out a prize if your ticket has been damaged, as the unique serial number must be legible to determine the validity of the entry.
If you lose a lottery ticket, you must make a request for HKJC to identify it within seven days of a draw taking place. A request for a defaced ticket must be made within 60 days, but HKJC is under no obligation in either case to satisfy your request.
Right to Close Draws
Draws can be cancelled at any time at the discretion of HKJC. If you have submitted a valid entry for a draw that does not go ahead, you will be refunded in full. You are also entitled to a refund if the computer record fails or damages your entry to such an extent that it can no longer be identified.
If the draw equipment breaks down during the course of selecting the numbers, the operator may choose to continue the draw in any manner it deems appropriate.
Rules on Prizes
There are seven different ways to win prizes in Mark Six. The bottom four tiers have fixed amounts, while a specified percentage is allocated to the top three tiers. Go to the Prizes page to find out the allocation for each tier.
However, in certain circumstances the prize fund may need to be altered if prize values cannot be reached. If there are insufficient funds to pay the fixed prizes for the 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th divisions, each value will need to be reduced. The proportions between each tier will remain the same, so that the fourth division prize is still 15 times larger than the fifth division prize, the fifth division prize is still double the sixth division prize, and the sixth division prize is still eight times larger than the seventh division prize.
The Snowball fund will be used where possible to supplement the main prize fund and ensure that the fixed prizes can be paid in the bottom four tiers, as well as the minimum prize for the top three tiers. The minimum jackpot is HK$8 million, the first division prize must be at least double the second division prize, the second division prize must be at least double the third division prize, the third division prize must be at least double the fourth division prize.
If there is ever an error in the announcement of a prize, or a miscalculation, the operator has the right to declare a revised prize.