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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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