A street sweeper from Malabon City and a farmer from Quezon province claimed over P100 million lotto jackpot prize at the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) in Mandaluyong City.
The female street sweeper, whose identity remains anonymous to the public, won P103,269,281.60 in the Mega Lotto 6/45 draw on June 17, with a winning combination of 10-12-02-27-03-18.
“Una po, akala ko lima lang ang aking tinamaan, inulit kong tingnan kinabukasan at doon ko nakita lahat pala ng numero ay tinamaan ko (At first, I thought that I only got the five numbers correctly, I checked it again the following morning and saw that I hit all of the winning combinations),” said the winner in a report posted at the PCSO website on July 4.
The lucky winner said that she will divide the money among her four children and will also share it with her siblings and the church.
Since her family is just currently renting a house, she plans on buying their own using the jackpot money as per the report.
“Hanggang ngayon po, hindi ako makapaniwala, umiyak po ako ng sobra-sobra .Salamat sa taas at salamat sa PCSO (I still cannot believe it until now, I cried really hard. I thank the One above as well as the PCSO),” she added.
Meanwhile, a 29-year-old male farmer from General Luna, Quezon claimed his Ultra Lotto 6/58 jackpot prize of P100,064,568.00 with a winning combination of 20-22-09-54-06-19.
It was drawn on May 24 and he is the sole winner of the prize.
His identity is also kept unknown to the public.
“Ang swerte minsan, hindi natin aakalain kung kailan darating. Ang tanging magagawa na lang natin ay patuloy na sumubok at maniwala. Patuloy lang tayong manalig sa Panginoon (Sometimes, we cannot foresee when luck is coming. The only thing we can do is to continue on trying and believing. Let us carry on with our faith in God),” he said in the report.
He shared that he will place his winnings in the bank and plans on utilizing it to establish businesses, life insurance, and educational support for his only child.
PCSO reminded the public that to prevent forfeiture of winnings, winners need to claim their prize within one year from the date of the draw.
They must also write their names and sign the back of the winning ticket and present two valid government IDs to the PCSO for verification.
Also, prizes that will exceed P10,000 are subject to 20 percent tax as per the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion Law. (Luisa Cabato)