Lottery is a pillar of traditions during Chinese New Year in many Singaporean homes. It is one of the few things that gives hope to people who have lost their way and are teetering on the edge of poverty. In this film by Singaporean director-actor Matt Lee and Malaysian actor-comedian Mark Lee, we follow the story of a middle-class family whose father loses his sales job and must take up a menial clerical position while his wife looks after their young son, Jiale. Their hopes are high as they play the TOTO Hong Bao lottery in a bid to win the jackpot prize of S$12 million.
The price to participate in the various Singapore Pools lotteries varies. For example, a basic ticket costs $1 for the 4D lottery, while each seven-digit bet in the TOTO and Singapore Sweep lottery games cost $3. These prices are inclusive of GST. The prizes for these lotteries vary as well. In general, the top prize for each draw is usually higher than a million dollars.
Those who have a problem with gambling may seek help from the National Council on Problem Gambling. Families of such individuals can also apply for a family exclusion order to suspend their online betting accounts with Singapore Pools. Mr Chua was responding to a parliamentary question from Marine Parade GRC MP Seah Kian Peng on whether there was any need for additional measures to curb problem gambling, given the pent-up demand for lotteries and sports betting.