Lone bettor bags P9M jackpot prize using numbers inherited from dead aunt
A woman’s decision to keep her promise to her dying aunt paid off after two years when she bagged the jackpot in the 6/45 Mega Lotto draw.
A sales clerk from Laguna province became the latest resident on millionaires’ row after she single-handedly won the P9-million top prize in the July 27 raffle.
When she claimed her prize at the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) in Mandaluyong on Friday, the lucky bettor told PCSO General Manager Jose Ferdinand Rojas II that she inherited the winning number combination from her aunt who died two years ago.
“One time when I visited her [in the hospital], she asked me to continue placing bets on her numbers. She told me it might bring me luck,” Rojas quoted the winner as saying.
The lucky number combination in the July 27 lotto draw was 01-02-05-06-10-20. Rojas said the bettor bought only one ticket.
The winner who works in an “ukay-ukay” (second-hand clothes) shop said that since her aunt succumbed to colon cancer, she had been keeping her promise to her.
Rojas said the bettor, the sixth in a brood of 10, plans to share part of her prize with her siblings while saving the rest for her children’s future. She and her husband also intend to use some of her winnings to put up their own ukay-ukay store.
And since she owes her good fortune to her aunt, she told Rojas that she would also give away some of the money to her late aunt’s children.
Meanwhile, Rojas said they were glad that another family’s life would be changed because of the lotto draw. He called on the public to continue supporting the agency’s games so that the PCSO would be able to help more Filipinos.
Of the revenues generated by the PCSO, 55 percent goes to its prize fund, 30 percent to its charity fund and 15 percent to its operations.
Recently, the PCSO approved the allocation of P110.4 million in financial assistance to 52 hospitals nationwide under its Endowment Fund program. The agency said in a statement that the fund would be “used for the care of patients who qualify for financial subsidies.”
The hospitals, 14 of which are under the Department of Health, would each receive subsidies ranging from P200,000 to P5 million, depending on their bed capacity and the type of services offered.
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