By Jel Santos
Days after the Lotto operations resumed, a lone bettor from Nueva Ecija won the P9-million jackpot of Mega Lotto 6/45 during Friday night’s draw.
The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) said the winning combination of Mega Lotto was 29- 15- 19- 07- 24- 13. It had a total jackpot of P9, 043, 369. 80.
The winning ticket was purchased at an outlet in Gen. Tinio, Nueva Ecija.
Because of the TRAIN Law, 20 percent tax will be deducted from the jackpot. The government will therefore get nearly P2 million or a sum of P1, 808, 673. 96.
Meantime, 51 consolation prize winners will get P10, 840 each. They were a digit short from winning the jackpot.
To claim the jackpot, the bettors must go to PCSO’s main office in Madaluyong City, and present two IDs so he/she could get a cheque.
PCSO General Manager Royina Garma urged the public to keep on patronizing the products of the agency, saying people in dire need of help will surely benefit from PCSO’s charity program.
On July 31, the PCSO’s Lotto operations resumed. President Duterte on Tuesday night lifted the suspension of Lotto games, but the other games of PCSO are still nonoperational. On July 27, he halted the operations of the PCSO games over alleged corruption at the agency
Garma said that they asked Pres. Duterte to bring back the Lotto because of its “transparent and clean” nature, and it is the most profitable game of the agency. She said there is nothing to change with the procedures and its system.
PCSO games that are still nonoperational are Small Town Lottery (STL), Keno, Scratch Tickets, Sweepstakes, and Traditional Games. The PCSO general manager said changes will be done to the games in order for them to be more transparent.