Penangites, like the rest of their Malaysian cousins, are fond of placing a bet now and then on the various lotteries being conducted weekly. There are no less than 3 Government approved companies conducting 9 draws a week.

MAGNUM for 4-digit lotteries:

PAN MALAYSIAN POOLS for both 3-digit and 4-digit draws:


and SPORTS TOTO for yet another 4-digit draw:


When Westerners (Europeans & Americans) play the lottery, they usually associate certain numbers with their birthdays, anniversaries, car registration numbers, numbers found on receipts, etc etc. Penangites (and other Malaysians), however, are one-up on this because they have a special little clandestine book called the "chifa" book which correlates numbers to certain objects and actions. For example, if you dreamed of having gone fishing and made a big catch, you should refer to the chifa book and look up the picture of a person fishing. The corresponding number in this case for "fishing" is 771 and this will be the number to bet on. If your parrot had just dropped dead from its perch, you should look for the picture of a parrot and the number for it is 788. Were you looking for a paper bag last night and just couldn't find any? Could be a good omen in the making. The number for "paper bag" is 778.



The chifa book lists numbers beginning from 000 to 999 and thus consists of 1000 pictures showing a variety of objects and actions. What if certain objects or actions are not covered? No problem - you have to make some intelligent guesses that's all! For example, if you have just been slandered by somebody and I don't think there is a number for slander in the chifa book. You should straightaway relate "slander" to "lawyers" as you will obviously need their services if you wish to sue on those slanderous remarks. The number for a lawyer is 024 and therefore, the number to bet on is 024! If the case is going to be complicated and you think you need two lawyers - then add a 2 to 024 which makes it 2024. It's simple when you know how! However, in such a case, a word of caution. Legal fees are going to be expensive and so you will have to strike it really big!



In spite of exhaustive inquiries I have not been able to trace the author of the chifa book. Rumours affirm that he made a fortune from the sale of the book and despite offers from renown publishers, he continues to publish the chifa book on his own and distributes it through the many "chai tiam mas" on the island. There have been numerous stories on how millions of ringgit were made through the astute reading of the chifa book and such reading skills are passed down from generation to generation. I will re-tell some of these stories on this page soon. Meanwhile, if you have any, please let me know.


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Rob Coysh<>

Hi, I was very interested to read your web page about the "chifa" lottery, i'm curious to know more because i'm doing some research for a book to do with lotteries. Do you know when chifa first appeared and in what country? Have you managed to find out anymore about it's origin? Also you say you will be adding some winning stories, will this be on this same web page? I look forward to hearing from you, Best regards, Robin 

R.A.Mayer Yi Xing <>

Dear Kayes, could you manage to send me a Chifa Book up to Germany, I would be very glad. How much does it cost and how do we arrange the money transfer? Have you got any experience with international payments? Thank you for your quick answer, yours Yi Xing Mayer

Anthony Khong<>

I would like to try my luck and see whether it works. Any chance of letting me know when can I get one of the 'Chifa Book'? Awaiting a reply from reliable source


I've gone thru the chi fa book. In my opinion it's usually an event that has some sort of significant impact then you could really try your luck referring to the book. Then again it depends whether ladyluck is smiling on you that certain day...I was partying hard with friends one night and got home in a drunken stupor, fell flat on my face and suffered a bruised lip and chipped the edge of one of my front teeth. A few days later after the accident, I was toying around with 4D looking for numbers to bet on and came across the number for "Mabuk" (drunk). Bet on it and got 2nd Prize. Not bad for a beginner. Now I'm hooked on the game. Haven't been that lucky yet since then but I do refer to the book now and then and come close....missing by 1 digit out of 4...the numbers coming out straight according to the number coresponding to the event in the book. So I guess to an extent, the book helps. Whoever wrote that book must be a genius...if not a chinese diety in disguise as a human being....


nope, no personal big strikes but it's really hillarious to see punters refering to Chifa as if their life depends on it! my mom for one was one real authentic punter. she'll actually discuss the results with her friends (with CLOSE reference to the book of course!) and refer the results to day to day incidents. At one time, during the Agung's birthday, the number refering to Agung actually striked, and i can see my mom bearing a big smile...

Lester Luttrell<>

No real story here. Just saw your chifa book for the first time here, and as an artist, the graphics of this type really fascinate me! I am sure I will be visiting this site fairly often, as Malaysia is becoming an intrest to me. Would it be possible to purchase a chifa book? Anyone that could help me do that can reach me at my e-mail. Thanks! Lester.


Since this is a FUN Page, I will relate this the Penang way...Please do not feel offended and charge me for the MURDER of the English Language. "Aiyyyaaaaaa People Strike Lottery Got tell You Mehhhh ? People strike lottery keep quiet one... Only people who no strike tell BIG BIG stories !! Now here is one that really got away.. March 1999, I shifted to a new house in Tanjung Tokong, and applied for a transfer for the telephone line, I paid an extra RM10.00 for the number that I liked... and guess what ??? It came out 1st price in Magnum within the 1st week !! Now, I was cursing myself for missing this opportunity to rescue myself out of the economy crisis. Finally as a consolation, I told myself that I am not a punter, so what are the LOSSES ??? NONE !!! Frankly, punter or no punter, loss or no loss - Beh Chaik Beh Khoon for 1 damn week !!! (Beh Chiak Beh Khoon = Can't Eat & Can't Sleep)

Ms Lee<>

Below is a story of an encounter with a Bomoh: A man who loves gambling went to a Bomoh one night with only one purpose on his mind. When he sat in front of the Bomoh, he shuddered and felt a little frightened as the Bomoh was in a state of half conscious and in a trance. He asked the Bomoh, "Tuan, saya ada dengar tuan banyak bagus beri nombor. Hehehe...tuan boleh kasi saya kah?(Mighty Bomoh, I have heard rumours that you are very professional in providing the right numbers for lottery gains. Can you provide me the right numbers?)". So, the Bomoh replied, "Boleh...tapi ada syarat. Kalau nombor kena, awak mesti bina satu tokong yang banyak besar bagi saya. Kalau tidak, saya mau kena kamu puas-puas! (Sure...but with one condition. If you win the lottery, you must build me a big temple. If you break your word, I will punnish you!)". So, the Bomoh continued, " Beli nombor satu dua tiga empat. Mesti kena punya.(Bet on one two three four. You will surely win). So, the next day, the man went to every lottery company and bet on ! the numbers in huge sums. When he read the results of the lottery, he was deeply shocked to find that he had not won anything! Feeling cheated, he went to the Bomoh again and said, "Hari tu saya mintak nombor, tuan kasi salah lah! (The other day when I asked for numbers you gave me the wrong ones)". However, the Bomoh insist that he was not wrong and asked the man to write down the numbers he bet on. He wrote : 1234. So, the Bomoh laughed and said,"Itu lu punya pasal...saya suruh lu bukan beli 1234 tapi 2444! (It was your own fault...I did not tell you to bet on 1234 but 2444!). In Bahasa Melayu, the Bomoh meant 'satu 2, tiga 4' 2 and 3 fours. So, there goes the poor man who lost a great deal of cash and having to build the temple too!


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