MANILA, Philippines ? Archbishop Emeritus Oscar Cruz warned the winner of the P741 million Grand Lotto jackpot that the country wasn?t the ?safest place to be in? now.
This was what Cruz told Radyo Inquirer in an interview Tuesday when asked what he would tell the lucky bettor from Luzon who bagged the prize on the winning combination 11-16-42-47-31-37.
At the same time, Cruz, in Filipino, stopped short of admonishing the winner by telling him how his gambling had paid off.
?Nanalo ka. Ilang milyong Pilipino naman ang kinuhanan mo ng pera [Yes you won. But how much money have you taken from millions of Filipinos],? said Cruz.
When asked to comment on Presidential Spokesman Edwin Lacierda?s statement that the winner should ?thank God and share the money with others,? Cuz said, ?Di niya alam ang sinasabi niya [He doesn?t know what he?s saying].?
The jackpot at P741 million was the biggest in the country?s history.
Liza Gabuyo, PCSO assistant general manager, said the bettor picked the combination, standing to win the pot tax free.
It took 86 draws before a bettor won the jackpot.
The previous biggest jackpot was posted in February 2009, when the pot for the 6/49 Super Lotto game reached P347 million. Two lucky bettors picked the same combination to split the top prize.