Christmas came early for a Cavite resident who became an instant millionaire after hitting the PHP147.3 million jackpot of the Oct. 15 Super Lotto 6/49 draw. In a statement on Friday, the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) said the 46-year-old bettor claimed his prize at the agency's main office in Mandaluyong City on Oct. 17. 'Hindi ko alam na ako yung nanalo kaya inulit kung tinitingnan results ng draw sa Facebook (I didn't know that I was the winner so I again checked the draw results on Facebook),' the winner said. He disclosed that his winning combination was a Lucky Pick or a system-generated selection from his previous bets. Before winning the jackpot prize, the winner said he had already won three digits in Super Lotto 6/49. The bettor said he would use the money for the construction of his family's "dream house." 'Ang unang priority ko nito ay ang pamilya ko at maipagawa ko ang bahay namin sa probinsya namin (My first priority is my family and to be able to build our house in our province),' he added. To avoid forfeiture of winnings, winners have one year from the date of the draw to claim the prize as specified in Republic Act 1169, otherwise known as the PCSO Charter. The PCSO reminded the public that all Lotto jackpot prizes must be claimed at its main office along Shaw Boulevard in Mandaluyong City. To claim the prize, the winner must write his/her name on and sign the back of the winning ticket, and present two government-issued IDs. The public is encouraged to keep on patronizing the products of PCSO as a large chunk of its revenues goes to charity programs.
Source: Philippines News Agency