In 1968, the Toto lottery game was first launched in Singapore. The top prize was guaranteed at S$300,000 at the time. In the following years, the top prize was increased to S$500,000. In 1997, the game switched to a 6/45 format. In 2014, the game was made online. Currently, the top prize is S$2.917 million.
If there are no jackpot winners in a draw, the jackpot is snowballed into the next draw. This can happen three times. The snowballed amount is divided equally among the winners of Group 2 prizes. This occurs on approximately 20 to 25 percent of draws. However, it is important to note that the Toto jackpot is not the same amount in each draw.
The prize money in Toto is divided into ‘Groups’. Each group consists of winners of different bet amounts. Prize money for each group is set by Singapore Pools and is based on the number of winners in each group. Groups 5 to 7 will have fixed prize money. For Groups eight and nine, the prize money will vary.
A Group Toto bet can be placed with a group of people. Each person in the group can place a single bet, or multiple bets using the same numbers. Each group bet must be at least $7 each. To place a group toto bet, the punter must mark the numbers on a bet slip. He or she must also mark the Group Toto box and tell the counter staff how many tickets to print.