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IN THE KNOW: Rizal as ‘lottery addict’



Described as a lottery addict by his Spanish biographer, Dr. Jose Rizal actually won the lottery while he was living in exile in Dapitan in 1892.

Rizal bought a third of Lottery Ticket No. 9736, jointly owning it with Dapitan Gov. Ricardo Carnicero and Francisco Equilor, a Spanish resident in Dipolog.

The ticket hit the second prize of P20,000 in the government-run Manila Lottery.  Rizal’s share amounted to at least P6,000.

Rizal invested a huge part of his winnings in properties in Talisay, Dapitan, where he engaged in the abaca business and ran a school. He also opened a store there.

After Rizal’s execution in 1896, the Spanish government confiscated his Talisay properties and entrusted them to a custodian.

In 1913, the Talisay estate was converted into a park dedicated to the memory of Rizal. A decree converted the park into Rizal Shrine. Another decree classified it as a national shrine. Inquirer Research

Sources: Inquirer Archives; dapitancity.gov.ph; PCSO


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Tags: Dapitan , Jose P. Rizal , Jose Rizal , Lottery , Philippine history


  • Albert Einstien

    BUTI na lang wala pa  casino non….lol

  • wawa2172

    Wow Rizal really is a genius. Not a prominent mathematician or statistician could have won yet in a national lottery. Kahit siguro sa Jueteng ala silang panalo else mayaman na ang mga math teachers natin ngayon. Rizal wisely spent his winning though all his investment which includes properties were confiscated by the Spanish government. It does mean that Rizal is a gambler, what is good with him is that he bets on legally in government controlled lottery and not on the kind like jueteng. 

    • dodong1

      yung iba dyan hindi kailangan ng lottery, power lang ang kailangan at i land grab ang hindi kanila…

      • wawa2172

        You are right parang yung sa Hacienda Luisita na inangkin ng mga Cojuangco of Tarlac ang lupa nang mga mag sasaka. Hindi na mga kastila yon…mga kapamilya ni PNoy yun. At yung iba di naman economically powerful pero grabber din..they are known as squatters or illegal setters at mga botante sila nang mga politico.

      • indiots

        mali ka naman d’yan. binayaran nila yan sa dating may ari ng tabacalera at di biro ang magbayad ng utang ng ipinambili n’yan.

        kung sinangayunan ni magsaysay na mga lopez ang bumili n’yan ewan lang kung nakuha yan ng mga magsasaka.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/SYG36KOOLRY47VA3ICPJJ5CQTQ ADD

         I-land grab ang Cagayan at Aurora!

      • indiots

        ganyan talaga. pagmahirap ang nagoccupy ng isang land, ang tawag squatter, pero pag mayaman land grabber at may karapatang magpatitulo kaya n’yang bayaran ang mga kinauukulan upang maging legal ang pagmamay-ari.

    • indiots

      tama ka. noong nagaaral pa ako paborito ko ang math at ng nagtrabaho na ako subsob pa rin ang ulo ko sa kasusuma…. ng tatayaan he he he kahit talaga math wizard di yayaman dyan kaya hirap na hirap ako sa buhay. kung suma-suma lang ang aasahan wala yan. umasa ka na lang sa swerte.

  • basilionisisa

    isa lang yung tinayaan… lottery addict na? hmm, another sensationalist-heading-grabber writer.

    • dodong1

      oo nga ano?

    • Pitbulldog

      Ano sa tingin mo, mananalo ka ba ng lottery sa isang tayaan lang?  Iba nga dyan 10 years na tumataya, di pa nananalo. 

      • indiots

        pwede ka talagang manalo sa isang tayaan lang… sabi nga beginner’s luck. isa pa 4 digits lang di tulad ngayon ilan?anim mag mula sa 01 hanggang 45? tsk tsk tsk

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/APFAVKKSGAOO5WP3XBYNVQP2BA Manuel

       Kulang lang kasi sinabi nung author, from what I’ve read sa mga memoirs and even sa diaries ni rizal, tumataya talaga siya sa lottery, dito sa pinas and even sa europa

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/276L22SZM5ZUQGV24IL4ZEF6UA Edward

        tama po kau..

  • Komen To

    The basis laid does not justify the title of a lottery addict. Indeed it is sensationalism in journalism. It could have been entitled “Rizal, a wise investor” and focus on his landbanking ability, thus picturing Rizal our hero an intelligent investor, than an addict

  • Borogol

    mukhang nasa lahi na talaga natin ang pala-asa sa lotto…

    hala , sige taya pa ng taya!

  • asenso

    Addict or wise bettor and investor?  Walang enough info sa news item na ito to categorically say that he’s addicted sa lotto.  Mag-ingat naman sana sa pagsusulat at pati na yung editor sa pagbusisi ng mga ipa-publish nilang kuwento.  Kailangan ng mga kabataan natin ng role models. Ang Inquirer ba ay gossip news magazine?  Ayusin nyo ang trabaho nyo please. Napakalaki ng imahe ni Rizal sa ating sambayanan para sirain ng sensationalist titling ng article na ito just to sell a story. 

  • watot

    Nice choice of word, another quiapo diploma of journalsm!

  • Olibo

    This is the dumbest write-up that I have read.



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