Every year, somewhere around this period, this conversation would take place in almost every office in Singapore:
Eric: Hey, so what are you going to do with the $12 million dollars that you’ll be winning?
Jovina: Well, for a start, I’ll be quitting this job of course. Then I’ll buy two condos, start two businesses, and maybe buy myself a car because I’m sick and tired of taking private hire. You?
Eric: I’ll start a few businesses, too. Put half the amount into a mutual fund, and invest the rest into start-ups.
Jovina: So when are you quitting?
Eric: Need one month notice, right? I’m submitting my letter later. You?
Jovina: I’ve already submitted mine. Will be checking out some condos later today. Have also booked a GO-JEK car. Wanna tag along?
Eric: Nope, it’s okay. I rode a bike to work today
Days later, these two jokers would still be slogging it out in the office just like what they did last year, because it’s a dream that they had every year.
If you’re one of them, then here’s a heads-up: the Hong Bao Draw is back again, and this year, $12 million is up for grabs for you to fantasize about.
TOTO $12 Million Hong Bao Draw
In Singapore, there’s only one period that gambling suddenly becomes a culture instead of an illegal activity: the Chinese New Year period.
People would be tossing stacks of notes or coins at home, shouting “Picture! Picture!” without getting arrested because gambling for fun during the CNY period is part of our tradition.
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And another tradition is the Hong Bao Draw: every year, Singapore Pools would welcome the new year with the TOTO Hong Bao Draw, and the amount is one that Eric and Jovina have always dreamed of.
This year, the pool is at $12 million, which is similar to last year’s amount.
The draw would occur on 22 February 2019 at 9:30 p.m.
“Lucky” Packs to be Sold from 18 February 2019
Unlike normal TOTO, there are packs sold at $10 or $20 which you can start buying from 18 February 2019.
If you’re unfamiliar with “Quick Pick”, it simply means that the computer would anyhowly find six numbers for you. For “System 7”, you get seven numbers (so the chances of winning is slightly higher) for the draw.
Singapore Sweep is another draw altogether.
So if you buy these packs, you don’t need to come prepared with numbers.
$228 Pack from 25 January 2019
If you’re feeling lucky, or you’re thinking of donating some money to the Singapore Pools Tote Board, you can try the $228 pack.
What’s interesting is that unlike the normal packs, they’ll get the numbers from different outlets: outlets that have past winners. These are the outlets:
- 7-Eleven Eunos Crescent
- NTUC Fairprice Ang Mo Kio Hypermart
- NTUC Fairprice Serangoon Central Hypermart
- SPPL IMM
- SPPL Jurong West N5
- SPPL Livewire Marina Bay Sand
- SPPL Suntec City
- SPPL Tanjong Pagar
- Tong Aik Huat
- Wanrise Trading
You can then collect the tickets from a listed outlet between 20 February to 21 February.
Interesting, isn’t it? You can reserve the pack from their website.
Extended Opening Hours
Because this draw is all about the vibes instead of the prize (actually, no lah but we’re family-safe so we have to include that), there would be extended opening hours from 20 February to 22 February.
Singapore Pools Authorised Retailers would be open from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. from 20 February to 21 February, and 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. on 22 February.
Singapore Pools Branches will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
And lest you’re not aware, the queues can be pretty crazy. Just take a look at the queues last year:
In case you’re as native as Eric and Jovina, here’s something you ought to know: the prize of $12 million is split among winners (if there is more than one winner, that is).
Last year (2018), there were two winning entries: one winner won half of the total amount, and another was an iToto entry (it was with iToto, so it was split among 28 shares).
Back in 2017, there were four winners.
Now, before you fantasize about what to do with a few extra million dollars in your pocket, here’s one advice from Baddy Feed:
You can never get rich from Toto, because a one-time win is not going to change your life, just like a one-time viral video isn’t going to change a person’s life.
After all, Eric and Jovina are still living meaningful lives now, no?
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