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.
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.