Lottery Hongkong Offers Free Flights to Overseas Visitors

The Hong Kong government is trying to boost its dwindling tourism numbers by giving away free plane tickets to overseas visitors. Travelers can enter a lottery starting March 1 at the World of Winners international airport splash page to win the tickets, which are available to travelers in three waves: from March 1 through April 1, those traveling from Southeast Asia; from April 1 through May, residents of mainland China; and from May 1, people visiting from around the world.

The game, operated by the Hong Kong Jockey Club (HKJC), follows the traditional 6/49 matrix but has a few interesting twists. Players can select their own numbers or choose to let the computer or HKJC agent pick them for them. There are also a few additional ways to win prizes besides the main prize of HK$8 million per draw. The jackpot can rollover for up to three draws, meaning that the top prize could get even larger over time.

The giveaway is tied to a pandemic relief package from 2020, when the government purchased Mark Six tickets in an effort to keep the industry afloat during a difficult period. Tourism in Hong Kong has been dropping since then, with the city facing stiff competition from other Asian cities and a growing sense of political uncertainty in China that’s led to protests by pro-democracy activists. Those looking to win the free flights will have to pay all related taxes and surcharges, though, which can add up quickly.