Jobless man facing eviction wins P45-M lotto jackpot


Once in danger of losing his house because he had no money to pay his debts, this former pipe line worker at the defunct National Waterworks and Sewerage Authority (Nawasa) ultimately had the last laugh.

At one point, during a court hearing, a government lawyer mockingly told him that the only way he and his family could avoid eviction from their Caloocan City house and pay their debts—amounting to P300,000 at the time—was for him to win the lotto.

He did just that.

On Tuesday, he took home P45,049,768.20 for winning the jackpot in the  Megalotto 6/45 draw held on April 29.

The lone winner placed bets worth P30 and used the birth date of a grandchild and the “random pick” system to get the winning combination of 34-37-17-09-14-21.


Father of 3

For security reasons, the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO), which runs the lotto games, does not reveal the identities of the winners. A PCSO statement simply described him as 56 years old and married, with three children.

A bettor since 1995, the winner told PCSO General Manager Jose Ferdinand Rojas II that he wanted to redeem his house from the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) and share his winnings with his three children.

PCSO media officer Joseph Muego told the Inquirer that unlike some other lotto winners, who were speechless and nervous when they collected their winnings, the latest winner “looked relax” when he came to claim his millions with his wife.

“He often places bets and has won in the 5-digit lottery,” Muego said. “It seemed he felt he was really going to win.”

His only hope

The winner was one of thousands of employees of the former Nawasa who were forced to resign when the water firm was privatized in 1997.

Being jobless for a long time, he eventually used up the lump-sum payment he got from Nawasa. Later, he received a notice of eviction from the GSIS after failing for years to pay his house-and-lot loan.

In a court hearing, the lawyer representing the GSIS told him jestingly: “You won’t be able to pay your debts unless you win in the lotto.”

“What the lawyer said gave me an idea. Every day I kept a portion of what I earned doing odd jobs and I would bet on the lotto,” Rojas quoted the lucky bettor as saying.

The PCSO said the lucky bettor planned to redeem his house and lot from the GSIS, build apartments for rent, invest in the transportation business and share his winnings with his children.

The Grand Lotto 6/55 has produced the biggest ever jackpot in the history of Philippine lottery—P741 million, won by a single bettor from Luzon in November 2010. The Grand Lotto also produced the highest jackpot this year—P132 million, which a lone bettor won in April. With a report from Niña Calleja and Inquirer Archives

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  • Lapu Lapu

    Congratulations lucky man! Your investment plans are good.

    You knew you would win. You kept the faith. Faith in God is what you need for the breakthrough.

  • CmdrAdobo

    a year later. back to zero. he will lost all his money. typical lotto winners.

    • Bessie

      napaka-negative mo naman! just be happy for him kahit di mi siya kilala.

      • CmdrAdobo

        it’s my way of warning him.

      • andresa igbac

        as if naman mababasa ka nya rito. hihihi.

      • CmdrAdobo

        palusot lang ;)

    • riccisan

      tumaya ka na lang kaysa mag troll ka sa inggit

      • CmdrAdobo

        nope. im not a person who depends on luck.

      • riccisan

        ok. but you’re a troll and keep on trollin. welcome to the internet.hope u can get a life.dumbass.

      • CmdrAdobo

        Im not torlling. They are words of wisdom.

    • askal2u

      inggitero mo nama commander bagoong, siguro yan laman ng utak mo

      • CmdrAdobo

        di naman. i have enough wealth and financial wisdom. im doing okay. not as many as that money but in the long run, ill have more than him.

      • andresa igbac

        and your wealth has made you a negative person. sad.

      • CmdrAdobo

        It’s not negative. It’s reality.

        I havent known a person who won lotto and remained rich in 5 yrs.

        I know a lot of news winning lotto then becomes -$ in few years.

        Truth is, you are poor and broke because you just born poor even if you won lotto many times.

      • nano

        I give you some points , I know lotto millionares after many years balik hirap naman . hindi nila alam paano paggamit at pag-invest . Pero karamihan ng lotto millioners live a good life of their win .

    • raptor_d_lonewolf

      inggit ka noh……….kasi nde ka binalatuhan!!!!

      • CmdrAdobo

        im not someone who waits for balato. kakahiya naman nyan.

  • novaliches

    PDI, matagal na pong wala ang nawasa noong pang 1970’s yata, baka sa MWSS or metropolitan waterworks sewerage system siya nagtrabaho.

  • gaudiponce

    im happy for you. God blesses you with His Mercy. take care of His blessings to you. spend your money wisely.

  • novaliches

    be wise with your new found wealth.

  • Almighty Creator

    life has it’s funny way of bailing us out. good job!

  • Barak_O

    he should buy the lawyer and burn him

  • Teresita Sy

    Finally, some good news! Enjoy and spend wisely

  • JOHNCeneza

    I think 15M is enough for the GSIS loan and the apartment. Place 30M in a stable bank and just use the monthly interest for expenses and save, save, save. Let the money work.

  • R J

    I am so happy to hear many positive replys today :-), congrats to you winner!

  • siegfeil

    Congrats to you, just a reminder use this extra ordinary grace from God to make good deeds not only to yourself and family but to other people deserving help.

  • Fancy Tan

    Thats the fruit of not giving up, God is good !!!!!

  • releiver

    I’m so happy for you winner…spend wisely….”The winner was one of thousands of employees of the former Nawasa who were forced to resign when the water firm was privatized in 1997.” E2 ang mga ginawa ng mga pumalit kay Pres Marcos pahirapan at mawlang ng trabaho ang mga tao…Example din dyan ang NDC-National Steel Corporation marami ang na dis-placed na mga workers after e-privatized…Noon panahon ni Pres Marcos marami sa mga kababayan natin ay may trabaho dito sa sariling bansa natin…kaya spend wisely lalo na sa ibibigay mo sa anak mo kasi sa kasalukuyang pamahalaan mahirap ang mawalan ng trabaho…

    • andresa igbac

      nung panahon ni marcos, ilan lang ba ang pilpino?

  • Lamiyth Alim

    Congratulations for having successfully won the 6/45 Mega Lotto, to once and for all solved his problem with the GSIS.

  • Albert Einstien

    this is GOOD NEWS sana lahat ng MAHIHIRAP TUMAMA sa LOTTO jackpot…….wala naman silbi ang gobyerno pabigat lang….nasa news 11.1 MILLION na naman ang WALANG TRABAHO.. sa panahon ni NGOY2 ……sana tumama mga mahihirap sa lotto para hayahay… : > )

  • GungGung

    This portion is brought to you by PCSO – Tumaya ng lotto, kahit ‘di lahat mananalo.

  • raptor_d_lonewolf

    congrats kabayan….and spend wisely!!!!!

  • klepto

    Tell GSIS to shove the house & lot up it’s A S S?
    Buy a farm somewhere away from the city and have a good life.
    BTW, don’t pay your tax, it will just go to the politician’s pockets.!!

  • klepto

    Just a tip. Go to any BPI branch, open an account, and invest some in ALFM Growth fund, ie 10Million :)

  • WeAry_Bat

    hehehe belaat…

  • Mux

    Cobgratulations! Don’t spend all your money at once. Invest wisely.

  • nano

    I hope the money doesnt change your character . Use your money properly to live a decent life .

  • $8278216

    Payong kapatid lamang at huwag masilaw at magpadala sa biglang karang yaan. Maging simple at huwag lumimot lumingon sa nakaraang buhay.

  • koolkid_inthehouse

    You know what will I do? I will bring brand new P300K to the lawyer and slap him until he sees some stars. What a donkey comment to a person already suffered from unemployment in this corrupt country.

  • AkoayPinoy

    My friend stay away from the bar/nightclub sa Roxas Blvd Pasay City at siguradong roromansahin ka ng mga girls hanggang sa magkandululing ka sa sarap pero ubos ang pera mo, batang Pasay tayo kaibigan.

  • TulisangDagat

    sana nga totoo kang tumama ng milyon eh ang iba diyan hindi nataya tumatama rin marami diyan ang iba naka uniporme pa walang patawad……

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