Hong Kong Jockey Club in Happy Valley. Photos: Google Maps, YouTube

Mystery is surrounding a photo that went viral over the weekend purporting to show a woman holding a check issued by Hong Kong Jockey Club valued at more than HK$66.77 million (US$8.53 million).

The winner was purportedly a dishwasher in a restaurant in one of the Marine Police units, though that is not clear now. In fact, the Jockey Club is refusing to comment on the veracity of the photo.

The photo showed that the value of the check, which was issued on February 23, was indeed the same as the first prize, HK$66,777,930, of the Mark Six Chinese New Year Snowball draw held on February 20, Apple Daily reported.

The woman in the photo was holding the check with a big smile, while the background indicated that it was taken at the Jockey Club’s headquarters in Happy Valley on Hong Kong Island.

Various police officers’ WhatsApp groups said the woman was a dishwasher in a staff canteen of Marine Police regional headquarters in Sai Wan Ho. However, a Sing Pao reporter checked with the restaurant owner and he denied the woman was on staff.

The Jockey Club said it would not disclose any information about the winner because of privacy issues, nor would it comment on whether the viral photo was genuine.

According to the Jockey Club, the biggest single Mark Six haul was more than HK$90 million, in December 2013.

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