TOTO is a legalized form of lottery sold in Singapore, known by different names elsewhere. Singapore Pools is the only legal lottery operator in Singapore. It was established on 23 May 1968 to control widespread illegal gambling in Singapore during the 1960s.
TOTO is a popular form of gambling in Singapore. In February 2005, a survey conducted by the Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports (MCYS) indicated that 58% of the Singapore residents surveyed had participated in at least one form of gambling activity over the past year. Among those surveyed, TOTO rated the second most popular type of gambling activity, after 4-Digits. The average monthly median betting amount of those surveyed who bought TOTO was placed at S$48.
TOTO can be purchased from any of the 300 Singapore Pools outlets across Singapore. Draws are conducted every Monday and Thursday at 1830h or 6:30pm (SG/HK time). The “live” TOTO draw can be viewed at the Singapore Pools Main Branch at 210 Middle Road. The profits from TOTO go to the Singapore Totaliser Board (the owner of Singapore Pools) which uses the money for charity and other worthy causes.
Method of Play
A buyer picks at least six numbers, each on a basis of 1 to 49. The winning numbers drawn include six numbers plus an additional number. Three or more winning numbers on a ticket matching the seven numbers drawn qualifies the buyer for a cash prize. The prize money escalates with the increase in numbers matched.
The maximum allowed matching numbers is six. Thus, if six numbers on the TOTO ticket matches the six numbers drawn, the jackpot (Group 1) prize is won.
Placing of bets
There are 4 different ways to place bets:
|QuickPick||The computer randomly selects 6 numbers from 1 to 49 for the buyer. No bet slip is required for QuickPick bets.|
|Ordinary Bet||The buyer selects 6 numbers from 1 to 49 by marking them on a bet slip.|
|System Bet||The buyer selects 7 to 12 numbers from 1 to 49 by marking on a bet slip. For example, a System 9 bet is a selection of 9 numbers.|
|System Roll||The buyer selects only 5 numbers from 1 to 49. The 6th number is a guaranteed winning number.|
|Bet Type||Number of Ordinary Bet combinations||Cost|
The minimum bet amount is S$1.00 per bet ticket. Bets can also be placed by bet amounts. The computer automatically sells the buyer the maximum number of bets for the bet type placed. The balance amount is placed on the next lowest bet type.
Payout and odds
|Prize Group||Matches||Prize||Odds of winning|
|1 (Jackpot)||6 numbers||38% of prize pool||1 in 13,983,816|
|2||5 numbers plus the additional number||8% of prize pool||1 in 2,330,636|
|3||5 numbers||5.5% of prize pool||1 in 55,491|
|4||4 numbers plus the additional number||3% of prize pool||1 in 22,197|
|5||4 numbers||$50 per winning combination||1 in 1,083|
|6||3 numbers plus the additional number||$25 per winning combination||1 in 812|
|7||3 numbers||$10 per winning combination||1 in 61|
The odds of winning any prize are 1 in 54. 54% of the total TOTO sales for each draw goes to the TOTO prize pool. The Group 1 prize has a minimum guaranteed amount of $1 million. If there are no winners in one of the groups (excluding Group 5, 6 & 7), the respective group's prize will be snowballed to the next draw. Group 1 prizes can only be snowballed up to 4 draws, thereafter, the prize will be cascaded to Group 2.
History of TOTO
TOTO was first sold in a simple, manual version in 1968. Tickets were purchased from small stand-alone booths across Singapore.
- 9 June 1968 – A manual version of TOTO is launched.
- 1981 – “Snowballing” is introduced to TOTO. This allows the top prize to increase from draw to draw. The system entry mode is introduced so multiple bets can be made on a single coupon.
- 19 May 1986 – TOTO is offered as a computerized on-line game based on a ‘5 out-of 49’ format.
- 1988 – TOTO is changed from a ‘5 out-of 49’ format to a ‘6 out-of 42’ format. The top prize is set at a minimum of S$300,000.
- 1 July 1997 – TOTO is changed to a ‘6 out-of 45’ format. The Group 1 prize is increased to a guaranteed minimum amount of S$500,000.
- 30 Dec 1999 – 6 lucky winners share the Group 1 jackpot of S$10.5 million in the TOTO Millennium Draw.
- 10 February 2000 – TOTO’s first annual Hongbao Draw is conducted. The Jackpot Prize marks a S$11 million record.
- 6 October 2006 – A special TOTO Mooncake Draw is held with a S$5 million jackpot.
- 7 October 2014 – TOTO is changed to a ‘6 out-of 49’ format. The Group 1 prize is increased to a guaranteed minimum amount of S$1 million.
- Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports
- "Singapore Pools: How to Play Toto - Odds of Winning". Singapore Pools. Retrieved 30 Dec 2013.
- "Singapore Pools: How to Play Toto - Prizes". Singapore Pools. Retrieved 30 Dec 2013.
- Singapore Pools
- National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG)
- Singapore Pools' "Play Responsibly" stand on gambling
- Speech by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong
- Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports survey on gambling in 2005