No Group 1 winner for Toto New Year draw; prize money split among 19 Group 2 winners

People queue to buy Toto at the 7-Eleven outlet at Blk 102 Yishun Ave 5 on Jan 5, 2018. The outlet is widely thought to be the luckiest in Singapore.
People queue to buy Toto at the 7-Eleven outlet at Blk 102 Yishun Ave 5 on Jan 5, 2018. The outlet is widely thought to be the luckiest in Singapore.ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI
People queue to buy Toto at the 7-Eleven outlet at Blk 102 Yishun Ave 5 on Jan 5, 2018. The outlet is widely thought to be the luckiest in Singapore.
People queue to buy Toto at the 7-Eleven outlet at Blk 102 Yishun Ave 5 on Jan 5, 2018. The outlet is widely thought to be the luckiest in Singapore.ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI

SINGAPORE - There were no winners in the Group 1 Prize in the Singapore Pools' New Year Toto Draw on Friday (Jan 5), resulting in the prize money being divided among the 19 Group 2 winners, each winning $729,761.

Snaking queues had formed at some popular Singapore Pools outlets ahead of the New Year Toto Draw on Friday (Jan 5), as punters eyed the $9.7 million jackpot prize.

Bets, which opened on Tuesday, closed at 9pm. The winning numbers announced past 9.30pm on Friday were: 03, 04, 13, 19, 23, 47, with an additional number of 05.

The prize had snowballed to $9.7 million, as there were no top prize winners for the three preceding draws.

After the winning numbers were made known, a brief technical glitch on the Singapore Pools website caused some confusion over whether the prize money would be rolled over to the next draw with no Group 1 winner. But Singapore Pools has since clarified that the money will be shared among Group 2 winners.

On Friday afternoon, queues had formed outside "auspicious" betting outlets. 

At least 50 people - some wearing lucky red shirts - stood in line at the 7-Eleven outlet near Chong Pang Market. The queue stretched around the convenience store at Block 102, Yishun Ave 5, which is widely thought to be the luckiest betting outlet in Singapore.

The outlet has registered 15 Group 1 and Group 2 wins since October 2014.

This was after Singapore Pools updated the Toto game for the first time that year since 1997.

Instead of choosing from 45 numbers before, punters have to choose from 49.

Previously, from 1997 to 2014, the outlet topped the list for selling 30 winning tickets - a whopping 10 more than the second-ranked outlet.