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Pakapoo (simplified Chinese: 白鸽票; traditional Chinese: 白鴿票; sometimes spelt pak-ah-pu) is a Chinese lottery game popular in Oceania in the 19th Century, including on the Victorian Goldfields.[1]

A pakapoo ticket is bought which contains rows of characters from the Thousand Character Classic (an ancient poem in which no two words are repeated). The master ticket is kept hidden and is marked by the organiser of the game. The player marks a number of characters on their ticket. The ticket closest to the master ticket wins.[2]

In Australian slang, "it looks like a Pakapoo ticket" is a reference to any writing that is messy or scrawled.


  1. ^ "REMEMBERING HAINING STREET: With both eyes open". Archived from the original on 2007-08-18. Retrieved 2009-03-29. 
  2. ^ "Pakapoo ticket". Te Ara Encyclopedia of New Zealand. Retrieved 2009-03-29.