Lone bettor afflicted with cancer wins P50-M Super Lotto 6/49 jackpot

Published December 5, 2019, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

By John Aldrin Casinas

This will be the best birthday and Christmas for a 65-year-old man with nasopharyngeal cancer after he bagged the over P50-million jackpot prize of Super Lotto 6/49 last Sunday night, the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) said.

Patrons place their bets at a Lotto outlet in Manila after the suspension of PCSO lotto operations was lifted on Tuesday night. (Ali Vicoy / MANILA BULLETIN)

PCSO General Manager Royina Marzan-Garma handed over the cheque to the lucky bettor from Cavite who recently claimed the whopping winning prize at the PCSO’s main office in Mandaluyong City.

“Meron siyang nasopharyngeal cancer. Nakakatangap siya ng chemo assistance sa PCSO. Hindi niya akalain makakatangap din siya ng cheke na panalo (He has nasopharyngeal cancer. He had been receiving chemo assistance from the PCSO. He did not expect that he will be also receiving a cheque for being a lotto winner),” Garma shared to reporters.

The bettor told Garma that the cash prize was the best gift he received for his upcoming birthday next week.

“Lucky pick yung ticket and birthday ng winner next week (His lotto ticket was lucky pick and his birthday will be next week),” Garma added.

The PCSO general manager said the loyal lotto bettor, who placed his bet at an outlet in Baclaran, Parañaque City, had been purchasing lotto tickets for 30 years.

He told Garma that he will use the money for his medical treatment and to help his family.

The PCSO gave the lucky bettor a LandBank check after he presented his winning ticket and valid government-issued identification cards.

During Sunday night’s draw, the Super Lotto 6/49 had a total jackpot prize of P50,305,924 with a winning combination of 35-38-09-17-10-15.

The Super Lotto 6/49 is drawn every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday.