The TOTO jackpot just got bigger. But it will cost you more and it will be more difficult winning the jackpot.Punters will, however, get a higher chance of recouping their bets with the introduction of a new winning tier of S$10 by matching 3 numbers. The number pool will also be increased from 45 to 49.
An ordinary bet of six numbers will now cost $1 as opposed to 50 cents previously, while System 7 will now cost $7, as compared to $3.50 previously. These changes will take effect from Oct 7.
The minimum guaranteed amount for the jackpot will be increased from S$500,000 to $1 million. And with the new Group 7 prize category, customers need only match three numbers to win a $10 payoff. Singapore Pools said the change is in response to customers’ requests for a larger jackpot prize, and well as prizes for successfully matching three numbers.
With the addition of Group 7 prizes, the odds of winning any prize will improve from 1 in 321 to 1 in 54. The odds of winning the jackpot however, fall from 1 in 8.14 million to 1 in 13.98 million.
Other changes include increased pay-outs for groups. Group 5, which requires four matched numbers, will be increased from $30 to $50, and Group 6 – three matched numbers, plus the additional number – will now pay $25, up from $20 currently.