Double Colour Ball

Double Colour Ball was introduced in 2003 and is played on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday evenings at 9.15pm local time in Beijing. Draws are shown live on the China Education Television channel. Similar to games like Powerball and Mega Millions, Double Colour Ball players pick a set of main numbers as well as a supplementary number from a separate pool of balls.

Out of the total funds raised for a Double Colour Ball draw, 50 percent goes to the prize fund, while 15 percent goes towards covering the costs of running the game. A total of 35 percent is allocated to good causes.

Double Colour Ball frequently offers incredible multimillion-yuan prizes, with players from provinces across China receiving life-changing windfalls. On occasion, the jackpot is boosted to mark special events. In October 2009, a player from Anyang in Henan province won RMB360 million on the game, while in 2012, a ticket holder from Beijing won an incredible RMB570 million after matching the entire winning line drawn on Tuesday 12th June.

How to Play Double Colour Ball

Players pick six red numbers from 1 to 33 and a single blue ball from a pool of 1 to 16. To win the top prize, a player must match the entire winning line drawn. The value of the top prize is based on a percentage of the prize fund, which varies according to the value of the overall prize pool. When the prize pool is worth less than RMB100 million, the top prize is worth 75 percent of the value of the two top prize tiers, up to a cap of RMB5 million for a single winner. If the prize pool is worth more than RMB100 million, the top prize will be worth 55 percent of the overall prize pool, in addition to 20 percent of the value of the two top prize tiers. The value of the second prize will be 25 percent of the prize pool for the first top two prize tiers. The other four tiers offer fixed prizes for players. For example, matching the blue ball alone will win you a fixed prize of RMB5, while matching five red balls and the blue ball will see you win a prize of RMB3,000.

You can also purchase combination bets for Double Colour Ball, known as “duplexes”, which cost more but can increase the chances that you will win a prize. A red ball duplex offers players the chance to select anywhere from seven to 20 red ball numbers and one blue ball number, while a blue ball duplex involves selecting anywhere from two to 16 blue ball numbers in addition to the six red numbers the player already chose. Finally, a full duplex ticket involves selecting anywhere from seven to 20 red ball numbers and anywhere from two to 16 of the blue ball numbers.

Odds of Winning Double Colour Ball

Numbers Matched Prize Won Odds of Winning

6 Red Balls + Blue Ball

75 percent of total prize fund for the first two tiers if the prize fund is less than RMB100 million, 55 percent of total prize fund and 20 percent of the value of the two top prize tiers if the prize fund is more than RMB100 million, capped at RMB5 million for a single winner

1 in 17,721,088

6 Red Balls

25 percent of the value of the top-tier prize pool, capped at RMB5 million for single winner

1 in 1,181,406

5 Red Balls + Blue Ball

RMB3,000

1 in 109,389

5 Red Balls or 4 Red Balls + Blue Ball

RMB200

1 in 7,293

4 Red Balls or 3 Red Balls + Blue Ball

RMB10

1 in 210

Blue Ball

RMB5

1 in 19

Overall odds of winning on a single Double Colour Ball ticket are 1 in 17.

All Double Colour Ball prizes must be claimed within 60 days of the date of the relevant draw. Awards of up to RMB5,000 can be cashed out in dedicated Welfare Lottery shops. You can claim any second-tier prize above RMB5,000 at the lottery centre in any major city and the jackpot must be collected from your province’s lottery headquarters. Once your claim has been verified, you will receive a cheque or have the funds deposited directly into your bank account. Prizes of more than RMB10,000 are subject to a tax of 20 percent.