Fil-Am soldier mulls on what to do if he wins $1 B

Published January 21, 2021, 7:01 PM

by Jeffrey Damicog

Should he win $1 billion in the lottery, Alex intends to keep only $100 million, while the rest he plans to give away to his family and to charity.

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“I do not need a lot of money. You are blessed to bless others in my book,” “It should be enough to keep me alive and comfortable,” said the 43-year-old Filipino-American special forces captain.

The Army commando who has been in the US military since he was 21 years old has already filed for early retirement and is set to leave military service on his birthday this May.

“I spent most of my good years sa Army. My body is broken and my spirit is tired after six combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan,” said Alex who plans to return and live in the Philippines with his wife.

Alex is among many Americans who have been betting on the Mega Millions lottery in the US.

With the prize now reaching $970 million, Alex bared he plans to share most of his blessings.

The Army captain, who is the youngest of three siblings, said he will not only pay the debts of his brothers but give money to his family members.

“One million each sa mga kapatid ko at pamilya (I will give $1 million each to my siblings and family members),” the Army captain said.

“Donate 50 percent sa charity, the rest I will keep to start a foundation for the homeless and orphans,” he shared.

Alex explained the $100 million that he will keep for himself “should be enough to keep me alive and comfortable.”

“May pension na ako enough to be comfortable for life (I have pension that will keep me comfortable for life),” he disclosed.

Alex said he has been betting for Mega Millions for many years now and even won $100 for almost 10 times.

He explained bettors in the US need only go to select outlets including gas stations and grocery stores to buy tickets.

However, he said not all states have Mega Millions and this includes, surprisingly, Nevada, where Las Vegas is located.

Alex said bettors can still seek out “brokers” which are companies that will bet for them.

Aside from Alex, Ronnie Estrada, a Filipino entertainer based in California, dreams of being a major shareholder of Philippine giant San Miguel Corporation.

“If my wish of winning the jackpot comes true, I will be going back to the Philippines, look for RSA (Ramon S. Ang of San Miguel) and convince him to become a business partner,” he shared.

Ronnie said he has an unforgettable memory of Ang when the SMC chairman was still sporting long hair during his teenage days at the Far Eastern University (FEU) Boys High School.

The entertainer has been maintaining a pool of US-based Filipino bettors who each bet at least $100 whenever the jackpot hits $100 million.

After the jackpot reached $500 million, each members of Ronnie’s group has been betting at least $200.

According to the Mega Millions website, tickets cost $2 per play and players  may pick six numbers from two separate pools of numbers.

These include five different numbers from 1 to 70 from the white balls and one number from 1 to 25 from the gold Mega Ball.

“You win the jackpot by matching all six winning numbers in a drawing,” read the Mega Millions website.