2 winning tickets for $12m Toto draw

There are two winning tickets for yesterday's $12 million Toto Hongbao draw.

One lucky punter will take home half the prize, while the other winning ticket was an iToto ticket, meaning there are 28 winning shares.

The winning numbers - 37, 40, 31, 24, 28 and 49, with additional number 29 - were announced last night to groans of disappointment and scattered cheers from some 300 gathered for the annual draw at the Singapore Pools Building in Middle Road.

Punters formed long queues at betting outlets in the last few days in the hope of striking it rich on the last day of Chinese New Year.

The final amount for the Group 1 prize is $12,027,217. The jackpot amount is on a par with last year's $12 million prize, but less than the record $14 million in 2016.

Lion dancers and a God of Fortune mascot greeted punters as they entered the building at about 8.30pm yesterday.

Mr Kaldeep Singh, 59, spent about $100 on Ordinary Quick Pick and System 7 entries. "I'm close to retirement... I'd like to buy a bigger house and travel," said the baggage handling assistant.

Another punter who gave her name as Madam Lim said she had hoped to win some money for her grandchildren but had no luck.

"It's okay, that's life. I spent only $2, and it was exciting to watch," said the 63-year-old retired tutor.

To play Toto, punters pick at least six numbers between 1 and 49. A cash prize is guaranteed if at least three of their chosen numbers are among the six winning ones drawn. The Group 1 prize is won when all six numbers match.

Last year, the prize was shared among four people. The largest amount won by a single person is $9.5 million, in February 2016.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of Government-run lottery operator Singapore Pools, which was set up to provide a legal avenue for betting while serving as a source of charity funding.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 03, 2018, with the headline '2 winning tickets for $12m Toto draw'. Print Edition | Subscribe