Everyone dreams of getting rich fast – and the easiest way of doing so involves winning the lottery.
After all, it’s the lowest risk and cost effective way of escaping the paper-chase and rat race in Singapore.
This is especially so during the Chinese New Year period – where TOTO’s Hong Bao Draw can go up to multiple millions more than the usual 1st Place prize!
This year, the Group Prize 1 is a whopping $8 Million! And is set to be drawn next week on the 26 of February.
Unfortunately the odds of winning the 1st Prize of the Hong Bao Draw aren’t usually in your favour.
It’s been calculated that scoring the top prize in TOTO on a regular day is one in 14 million,
Which means you have a better chance of being struck by lightning than winning TOTO’s Hong Bao Draw.
So the million dollar question is,
“How do I maximize my chances of winning first prize in TOTO’s Hong Bao Draw?”
If you’ve ever had this question in your mind then read on,
Because in this article we’re going to examine how you can enter this year’s Hong Bao Draw, and maximize your chances of striking it big with TOTO!
1. Use the System 7-12 Bets Or Quick Picks
If you’ve never bought TOTO before, and you’re unfamiliar with the process then you’re in luck (figuratively)
To truly maximize chances of winning, one should leverage the system bets or quick pick bets besides just picking your own numbers.
This year, tickets to the Hong Bao Draw are being sold in $10 or $20 Packs that ONLY include Quick Pick bets.
Quick Picks are computer generated bets and produce truly random numbers.
‘System 7 – 12’ bets in TOTO allow you to increase the numbers you bet on, which in turn increases your chances of winning, but also ticket price.
However, as mentioned above, Quick Pick bets are the only way to enter the TOTO Hong Bao Draw this year.
1 board of Quick Pick System 7 simply means you’ll receive 7 randomly generated numbers,
And 1 board of Quick Pick Ordinary means you’ll receive 6 randomly generated numbers.
The Singapore Sweep ticket entitles you to pick a 7 digit number for the monthly Singapore Sweep – of which 133 numbers will be picked to win a prize!
2. (For TOTO on regular days) Pick your numbers based on facts not feelings
On any other day when you purchase a regular TOTO ticket and you’re allowed to pick your numbers,
(Skip ahead to #3 if you’re only interested in the Hong Bao Draw)
You should remember that like most lottery systems, TOTO involves some degree of probability.
Which means there are a few ways to leverage this system where there are finite winning picks!
Firstly, remember you’re only picking 6 numbers (and an additional number) across 1-49,
Which means having a winning ticket with all odd numbers or even numbers is next to impossible, so be sure to pick an even mix of odd and even numbers.
Secondly, avoid betting on dates or common number combinations.
We know you’re probably thinking of betting on your dog’s birthday, your anniversary with your significant other, or some other sentimental reason when you bet.
But in the event that you do win, it’s more than likely you’ll end up splitting your prize with a LOT of other people if you do win (Since they might be betting on the same numbers)!
Pick numbers that cover the entire range from 1-49, and not limit yourself to low numbers everyone else might be betting on as well.
Lastly, take a look at past winning TOTO numbers.
No, I do not mean betting on previously winning numbers (the odds of repeated winning combinations are astronomical)
But looking at past winners may help you identify potential picks for your numbers.
For example, did you know that 80% of all winning numbers are numbers that have never appeared as winners within 10 draws?
On top of that, because there are only 49 numbers, it is more than likely at least 1 number will be repeated.
And due to the nature of the numbers of TOTO,
Summing your 7 numbers together to get an amount above 100 may increase your chances of winning!
3. Buy your ticket at a lucky betting outlet
Buying into the Hong Bao Draw DOES involve luck, so if you believe in blessed areas or TOTO stalls with good Feng Shui,
You may want to check out the following outlets that have produced the highest number of 1st & 2nd Prize winners since the inception of TOTO!
And while this particular store isn’t in this list,
The grand prize winner of last year’s Hong Bao Draw walked away with a whopping $12 Million after purchasing a ticket at Bukit Batok MRT’s NTUC FairPrice.
It’s entirely possible that betting has increased at these shops after hearing of past winners,
But who am I to judge? If you’re feeling lucky, go for it – even 2nd prize can net you a decent amount for a $1 TOTO ticket.
Queues at these shops (even regular Singapore Pool outlets) can quickly become snaking lines so be sure you’re early and present before their closing times!
The Hong Bao Draw will be held on the 26th February 2021, 6PM at 9:30PM (Betting closes at 6) and will be drawn at the Singapore Pools Building.
Tickets go on sale next Monday, 22 Feb 2021 6.10PM.
Bets may be placed online, over the phone, or at any authorized Singapore Pools retailers.
The Hong Bao Draw only happens once a year, so feel free to try your luck even if you don’t regularly play the lottery!
Have fun when playing TOTO but remember to play responsibly and never borrow to bet!