Hougang outlet big draw for Toto buyers eyeing $13.9m
THE top prize for Friday's 2016 Toto Hongbao Draw has snowballed to a record $13.9 million after no one won the Group 1 prize in Monday's draw.
Hopeful punters have been forming snaking queues at Singapore Pools outlets around the island ahead of Friday's 9.30pm draw, Chinese newspaper Shin Min Daily News reported yesterday.
The winning numbers for Monday's Group 1 prize were 3, 5, 29, 40, 43, 49, with additional number 21.
No one had those numbers but three punters shared the Group 2 prize, winning $136,081 each.
Last year's $12 million Hongbao Draw Group 1 Prize was split between two winners.
Just last Thursday, one lucky punter won more than $9.5 million, setting the record for biggest single win here since the game was updated to the current 6-out-of-49 format in 2014, The New Paper reported on Friday.
Shin Min visited the Singapore Pools outlet at Block 211, Hougang Street 21, which had sold last Thursday's winning ticket for the $9,545,480 prize.
There were more than a hundred people in a queue that stretched about 200m.
Nearby stallholders told Shin Min that there were many who came to the "lucky" station to buy Toto tickets, with the queues persisting from morning to night.
Shin Min estimates that about 2,300 people tried their luck at the Hougang outlet, which is open from 8.30am to 8pm, in a single day.
Another popular outlet, at Block 102, Yishun Avenue 5, also saw long queues.
Bus driver Chen Wenyong, 53, told Shin Min that he lives in Yishun but was at Hougang to see a doctor when he saw the lines outside the Singapore Pools outlet.
"I found out only later that this was the one that gave out the winning ticket to the $9.5 million prize, so I decided to join the queue.
"I queued at 9.45am and got my turn about half an hour later," he said.
Retiree Lin Guoming, 57, said he usually buys Toto tickets from the "lucky" Hougang outlet and was there for his usual crack at the jackpot.
He added that he did not mind queuing.
"This place is really very lucky, I've won twice here," he said.