Gambling has been a popular pastime in the Lion City and the recent easing of COVID-19 curbs has seen punters set new records. In the Tote Board’s last financial year ended in March 2022, 9.2 billion dollars were spent on bets on 4-D, Toto and sports such as football. This is the highest amount spent on these types of bets in the past decade. In addition, the reopening of casinos and daily casino entry levies added another $125 million to the total.
In TOTO, a game played in the Republic of Singapore, six numbers plus one additional number are drawn for each draw to determine the winning prize pool. Typically, 54% of the total sales for a lottery game go towards the prize pool. The remaining proceeds are redirected to charities and other legitimate work by the operator of the lottery, Singapore Pools. The game is also sold in many countries around the world under different names, including Lotto and Toto.
A Gojek driver, who only wanted to be identified as Mr Cho, said he puts on $400 bets every week at Singapore Pools. He said he usually bets on Premier League matches and will also place bets on World Cup games. But he is careful to check the results online and not fall prey to scam websites that provide inaccurate outcome information. His advice is to stick to the official website of Singapore Pools. “They’re a reputable organisation that has been around for a long time,” he says.