Hong Kong is offering 500,000 free flights to travelers in an effort to revive its tourism industry after nearly three years of being closed off to international visitors. The giveaway, which includes economy-class tickets on Cathay Pacific, Hong Kong Airlines and HK Express, will be doled out via lottery in three phases. The first batch of tickets will be released March 1 to people living in Southeast Asia, followed by residents of mainland China in April and then the rest of the world on May 1, reports CNN’s Lilit Marcus. Travelers will have to cover taxes and fees, but the flight giveaway is still a major incentive.
Known as Mark Six, the lottery game was created by the Hong Kong Jockey Club in 1975. It works like most lotteries, with players picking a combination of numbers from 1 to 49. A machine then picks the winning numbers and prizes are awarded depending on the level of number combinations picked. There are seven prize levels, and there are ways to improve your chances of winning by using various strategies.
The hongkong lottery has low betting fees and three big draws every week. It also has a number of smaller prizes, including an extra bonus ball that is drawn after the main draw. It’s easy to bet on the Hong Kong Lottery at YesPlay and other online sportsbooks, where you can use fixed odds to place your bets. You can also see the results of past draws to learn more about hot and cold numbers.