In simple terms, a jackpot refers to the grand prize at the end of a gambling activity after the playing of every round of the game like 4D, Toto or Magnum. Jackpot winnings are a usually huge sum which is due to the fact that after each round of game where the jackpot is not won, the prize becomes rolled over to the next game. Jackpot game has its origin in pull lever machines created by adding pull levers to a box housing a series of spinning drums. These pull lever machines were placed in bars and saloon where players can wager a coin to win cigars and whiskeys. Due to its popularity, the machines went through a rapid evolution from image matching to fruit matching to number matching. The creation of computers took the game to a whole new level once it found its way into casinos. The powerful mobile phone also led to increased popularity in the development of the game including providing access to a new niche of players. There are many variations of the jackpot game played worldwide. However, in Asia and in particular Singapore, there are three variations of the jackpot that is popular. These are:
The word 4-D is an abbreviation for the full words Four Digits and it is similar to the American game Pick 4. This game is quite popular in Malaysia and Singapore with other variations such as 2-D (its precursor), 3-D and 5-D. The game is played by punters choosing any four digits of numbers between 0000 and 9999. At the draw for the winner, a winner emerges when the punters’ numbers match any of the twenty-three winning numbers drawn. As a footnote, the number 8 is one popular number among punters due to fact that the first winning number for the Singaporean 4-D computerized betting contained three 8’s in the winning number (8838).
Similar to the classic 4-D, the Magnum or Magnum 4-D follows the same rules. However, the Magnum offers an extension to the game with its pari-mutuel element which enabled Magnum to copyright the name. In Malaysia, the Magnum 4-D has higher popularity with the punters when compared with other lotto games and similar to Singapore the number 8 is a popular number among bettors of Magnum 4-D.
Sometimes referred to as Sports TOTO, it is played similarly to the basic 4-D game. However, it runs the 5-D and 6-D games as well and unlike 4-D, it does not have a Big and Small Forecast in its game structure. Also, Sports TOTO also offers lottery games similar to the ones available in Europe which are the Mega TOTO 6/52, Power TOTO 6/55 and Supreme TOTO 6/58. Here the punters are required to pick correct 6 numbers out of 52, 55 and 58 numbers respectively.