Cebu bettor wins P16.3M lotto jackpot via 'System Play'

The bettor from Cebu City who won P16.3 million in Lotto 6/42 got his winning combination from the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) System Play.

"Assistant General Manager for Gaming, Product Development and Marketing Sector Arnel N. Casas (left) presented the new millionaire with a check worth P 16,319,245.20 after winning the Lotto 6/42 jackpot on March 9, 2023." (Photo: PCSO)

"Ilang beses ko tiningnan ang ticket ko dahil hindi ako makapaniwala. Sa oras na iyon, abot-abot ang aking pasasalamat sa Diyos dahil sa blessings na ito, at sa PCSO dahil kung hindi sa lotto di po ako mananalo. Salamat po sa PCSO (I checked my ticket multiple times because I could not believe it. At that moment, I was overflowing with gratitude to God for these blessings and to PCSO because if it were not for the lotto, I would not have won. Thanks to PCSO)," the winner said in an interview with the agency on April 9 when he also claimed his winnings.

He plans on using the money in helping his family, investing in a business, and donating to charitable institutions.

The game was drawn on March 9, which yielded the lucky numbers 06-18-26-29-17-11.

What is System Play?

System Play allows players to choose up to 12 numbers instead of the usual six digits in any major PCSO lotto game, thus increasing the chances of hitting the jackpot combination.

Validated Winning Ticket (Photo: PCSO)

The solo winner chose to play System 8, where he picked eight numbers as his bet for the Lotto 6/42.

Six out of eight numbers in his ticket were drawn during the game making him the winner of the jackpot prize.

He paid a total of P560 since the eight numbers he chose could produce 28 possible winning combinations.

(Photo: PCSO)

PCSO reminded that all prizes exceeding P10,000 shall be subject to a 20 percent tax under the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion law.

Also, prizes not claimed within one year from the date of the draw shall be forfeited to form part of the PCSO Charity Fund.