Lotto winner lucky twice over: P163M plus P150,000


She had every reason to lie low.

The grand prize winner of the July 4 Grand Lotto 6/55 draw took her time going to the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) ono Friday to collect her winnings: The P163 million jackpot and another P150,000 in consolation prize.

“I just wanted the hype to die down,” the 40-year-old single mother told PCSO General Manager Jose Ferdinand Rojas II when he asked why it took her more than two weeks to surface and claim her prize. “I want to be very careful,” the woman said.

Winning combination

The woman said she purchased three tickets for the Grand Lotto, one of which won the jackpot with the combination 10-26-32-36-37-49. Another ticket had five of the winning numbers.

The winner, who hails from Sorsogon, said she had been playing in the lottery for two years, and she picked the winning numbers at random. She did not explain, however, why she chose five of the winning numbers twice. She added that she picked three sets of numbers and paid P60 for them.

“With the money, I’ll be able to expand my business,” the woman told Rojas. She added that she would also make a donation to a local church in her province, and share a portion of her winnings with her family. Another portion would go toward savings for her two children’s schooling and their future, she said.

Aside from the jackpot winner, 11 other bettors came close to hitting the grand prize, Rojas said. Each of the bettors who picked five of the six winning numbers would get the P150,000 consolation prize, Rojas said.

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  • anu12345

    Her former husband/partner will come back to her.

    • Karabukov

      And she will reject him.

  • Vincent Tuason

    Congratulations to her! live, share the blessings and prosper more!

  • niceguy60

    Lotto is better than jueteng.

  • PuncanMind

    150k for the second prize? That is very small. PCSO should distribute wealth down to at least 3rd prize winner. This way many people will have more chance of becoming wealthy and more people would bet in lotto instead of jueteng

    • tuldok

      Precisely.  I have always thought of a great idea to distribute wealth and not make one soul P100M or more richer.   If I have the power, whenever Lotto Jackpots reach a certain big amount, like P100M-P300M, I would direct the PCSO to draw 12-20 numbers instead of only 6 so that more people will win.  The more numbers are drawn, the greater chances of bettors hitting the jackpot or the next big consolation prizes.  It would be nice to know that say, 20 or more people win P5M each, which is already a life-changer for many Filipinos, than one person winning the whole hundreds of millions jackpot.

      I don’t buy the idea that ONLY when the jackpots are so ridiculously high, people start to line up at the Lotto outlets.  I think more people will play Lotto if they know that their chances of cashing in is greater than the odds the system is offering right now, which is, to say the least, you are more probable to be hit by lightning than winning these Lotto jackpots.

  • fightforphilippines

    it is very seldom that we may have a legitimate lotto winner because most of the wins are syndicated. lotto 6 numbers games can not be won daily. it is statistically improbable. PCSO has said it that the odds are as high as 1 in 500 million, during that time that the 655 prize went up to 700 million and won by an OFW. the COA must and should deeply look into the winning circle names, 99 percent of winners may surely be coming from syndicates or relatives of PCSO insiders. if you look at the wins, sometimes in one day, you have 2 winners, one each from the 2 daily draw- 6 numbers game, that is impossible but happening without government doubting the legitimacy of the wins. i have said it many times already and i will not stop saying it, the lotto machine is like a cash generator or full of Gold bullions inside. it must be guarded 24 hours a day like Fort Knox and not only during actual lotto draws because PCSO insiders or syndicated riggers can run it when it is out of COA view and take note of the winning numbers, reset its system clock to the time before the syndicate ran it and presto, it will generate the same winning numbers in  the actual draw times and dates. that is why they can win daily or they can win both 2 draws a day. nowhere in the world can you see daily winners only in the Philippines and the government is not even lifting a finger to investigate. with millions of lotto bettors, i can bet that if Mon Tulfo will look into this mother of all deception and kill it and put them involved  to perpetuity in  PRISON as this involves trillion pesos, not billions depend on when the syndicate has started to deceive the Filipino People, Mon can win any elective post without even campaigning.
    the PCSO must be overhauled top down, including those who are maintaining the lotto machine. there is a high probability of connivance. only a schemer or a member of the syndicate will believe that daily winners in lotto are legitimate.

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