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Huat they're buying is hope

Singapore contracts Hongbao Draw fever whenever Chinese New Year rolls around. One of the symptoms: long lines of hopeful snaking in front of Singapore Pools outlets islandwide.

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You are more likely to be struck by lightning (a one in 240,000 chance) than to strike the Toto jackpot (a one in 14 million chance).

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Koenigsegg Agera supercar?

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Private aircraft from the starting price of about S$6 million.

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Hermes Birkin bags.

BUYING hope.

You could spend just S$1 on the lottery's QuickPick option and let the computer choose the numbers, or you could go big with S$924 on a System 12 bet. Whatever you do, you are buying a tantalising whiff of possibility.

Every year, lines form outside Singapore Pools

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