May 30, 2011

Hong Kong Lottery Tickets

I've been in Hong Kong for a week and a half now, and I've noticed the culture is quite interesting =] One of the things I learned, is that Hong Kong people like lining up!!! Personally I'm not a fan of lines, but I've been told Hong Kong people love lining up for things, whether it may be for lottery tickets or LE items. It's not necessarily the lining up for something in the heat, but rather getting the highly sought after item. 

Yesterday's lottery was 100 million HKD (apprx 12 million CAD) people went crazy and lined up to buy tickets, apparently they've never had a lottery grand prize this high. I'm not someone that buys lottery tickets every week, just occasionally so this was quite interesting. In Canada one can buy lottery tickets at almost every drug or convience store, but in Hong Kong they have "clubs" that sell them. They usually have have many locations, and one can also buy via the phone, cell phone or online, my grandfather was extremly excited, and wanted to go to the location that had the most jackpots. So we lined up to purchase tickets, it was quite long, after lining up outside, there were more lines inside, but it was better there because they had a/c! The "transactions/ purchase" was extremely quick, but because there were so many people, we had to exit from a sketchy back stairway. 

I ended up spending $230 HKD of lottery tickets, which is apprx $28 CND... that's quite a lot of money =0 I purchased 2 $70 tickets on behalf of my parents and I myself spent $90. I didn't plan to buy a ticket, only accompany my grandfather and purchase of behalf of my parents, but I got caught up in the hype XD lol I wanted to get a $70 quick pick, but the lady made a mistake so I ended up with 2 tickets. Unfortunately I didn't win =[ not even a little prize, but I did see people buy like 15 tickets or more which is absolutely crazy in my opinion. 

P.S this post was meant to go up last week? but it didn't so here it is now XD lol 


  1. hehe this is so cute :) i've never played the lottery before!! i think that is very true of asian cultures.. they always want something that's extremely sought after!! it's like mob mentality!

  2. I'm with you--I don't like lining up for things. Too bad that you didn't win anything. Better luck next time--hehe!


  3. yayyayyyyyyy a blog post finally. Us, asians always have to have the best or the most sought after things. LOL