The Singapore Pools will be increasing the number pool for its lottery draw, making it harder to strike the jackpot for punters. Other changes include the increase of prize money across the prize groups and introduction of a new 3-number combination prize group.
Starting from 7th October this year, pool of numbers from which the six-number combination are selected for the lottery draw will increase from 45 numbers to 49 numbers. Though it may be harder to strike the jackpot, punters may be happy to know that the prize money for the group 1 prize will be increased to a minimum of S$1 million from the previous minimum of $500,000.
Currently the odds of striking the jackpot at the group 1 prize is at one in 8.1 million, while with the new rules, the chances of that have dwindled down to one in 13.9 million.
For the sake of comparison, TOC has done up a table for the reader to count their chances in the new system.
totodraw compare
Singapore Pools is revamping the Toto game too, the first time since 1997, which some has attributed to the higher taxes on lotteries since 1st July 2014. The increase in duties is 5% from the previous 25% to the current 30% of gross bets. 
Punters will find it more expensive to place bets now with the minimum betting amount being increased from 50 cents to $1 for the ordinary bet. This increase will also be reflected in the other system bets. For example, system 7 which allows the selection of 7 numbers is now increased to $7 from the previous $3.50.
The consolation for many recreational punters is that there will be a new prize category, for a winning combination of three numbers. The prize money for this prize group is $10.
While Singapore Pools will increase the winnings for the fifth and sixth prizes, it will reduce the prize money for the second, third and fourth prizes from 13% for all the prizes to a declining prize allocation of 8%, 5.5% and 3%.
The total prize pool for the top 4 prize groups will be reduced from 72% of prize pool to 54.5 %. This reduction is likely to cater for the new prize group for the 3 number combination which will see to a large number of winners.
According to My Paper, Singapore Pools confirmed the changes, saying that it was responding to “customers’ request over the years for a higher jackpot prize and new prize category for matching three numbers”.
A Singapore Pools spokesman said the changes in the Toto game are “not an attempt to pass on the effect of increased betting duties to customers”.
Singapore Pools is a state-owned lottery subsidiary company in Singapore. As a wholly owned subsidiary of the Tote Board, it is the only operator that is legally allowed to run lotteries in Singapore.
The proceeds from Toto betting, like the surpluses from other Singapore Pools games such as the Singapore Sweep and 4-D, are donated to causes such as the Community Chest. 

Subscribe
Notify of
5 Comments
Newest
Oldest Most Voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
You May Also Like

淡马亚人物专访(续)– 倡议多党多元声音 “一党独大如恐龙般将灭绝”

民主党主席淡马亚认为,要为民众提供可负担的医疗福利,新加坡应该回归更为公平、进步的税务系统。目前,外资或投资者,在狮城都不需要还遗产税、不需还资产利得税、也不需还股息税,定期存款利息也免税。 他不认为在这些事项征税,会减少新加坡作为金融管理枢纽的竞争力,因为我们有卓越人才和完善基础设施,外资在这里投资,或资金寄存于此,即使要求他们多付些代价,并不会让他们感到不满。 另一个淡马亚关注的课题,就是我国公共住房政策已经偏离宗旨。居住本是基本人权,结果政府推出资产增值政策,组屋变成了增加财富和投机的工具。 “应该鼓励民众如果有余钱,比较适合投资在私人房地产,现有的组屋增值说法是误导民众。“ 他说,国家发展部也承认了组屋屋契的限制(屋契到期价值归零,且只有4巴仙组屋能获选参与重建计划),他认为,政府最终必须面对和解决这问题,这可是个政治计时炸弹,可能他们会延长将到期的屋契。“ 反对党的前景 民主党不久前积极邀请其他政党代表,出席该党主办的交流会。淡马亚说,各党发现大家都有许多共同点,争取透明、政治信用和社会正义,都是我们的信念。 他举例,例如前国会议员陈清木,虽然未克出席上述活动,但还是派了三名自身代表前来。他赞扬陈清木久经政坛,在选举竞选富有经验,能扮演团结各群体的角色。 民主党在两周前,邀请马来西亚公正党副主席暨前峇都区国会议员蔡添强,与新加坡反对党成员分享大马变天心得。 “我不确定陈清木的政治动向,仍有许多政治可能,如果他有意自组政党,若能登高一呼,可拉拢所有反对党组成联盟。” 纵观人民行动党自2011年选举以来,屡屡推出新政和改善表现,亚洲新闻台记者巴拉蒂,询问淡马亚如何领导民主党在来届选举,赢得选民支持。 淡马亚分析,执政党推出乐龄补贴计划和终身护保,是推动乐龄退休养老和全面性医疗保险的一小步。但是两者仍有许多限制,例如乐龄补贴计划只能每月领取最高250元,终身护保的免赔额过高,意味民众仍要自行承担一部分医疗费用。…

Netizens question compulsory CareShield; One year of free scholarships to foreign students equivalent to 16 years' ElderShield payouts

Yesterday (2 Sep), the CareShield Life Bill was passed in the PAP-dominated…

Flash floods rile up netizens who are urging for stronger measures against deforestation and climate change

These past couple of days in Singapore have been particularly wet, with…

Elderly woman in coma dies from injuries suffered in collision with PMD rider

The elderly woman who slipped into a coma after a collision with…