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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.

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).

Koenigsegg Agera supercar?

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

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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