If you are lucky, you are lucky
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By EDD K. USMAN
(SDN) — Some guys are lucky. Others are very lucky.
One very lucky bettor joined last night the unofficial Lotto Millionaires’ Club of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO).
The lucky punter won a total of Php246, 085,102 in PCSO’s February 12, 2021, draw of Ultra Lotto 6/58, said Officer-in-Charge (OIC) Department Manager Agnes Salgarino Ibera, head of the charity agency’s Corporate Planning Department.
She said the winner bought the lucky ticket at a lotto outlet in Banga, Aklan.
The winner’s numbers bet matched the winning combination — 24-09-32-41-29-22 — of 6/58 that carried the whopping Jackpot.
PCSO’s new millionaire is the fourth to win a major jackpot of the lotto games for 2021 based on a tally from the charity agency.
Five major lotteries the PCSO is running are Ultra Lotto, Grand Lotto 6/55, Super Lotto 6/49, Mega Lotto 6/45, and Lotto 6/42.
Altogether the five lotteries have already produced more than 2,000 millionaires’ from over fours years back. No updates yet on how many are the current members of the Lotto Millionaires’ Club.
Other interesting item from that period showed that more than 90 percent of winners used birthdays and family anniversaries for their winning numbers.
A big majority of winning numbers are what Filipinos’ dubbed “alaga” (maintained numbers). But there are Lucky Pick bets that also won jackpots.
A “Lucky Pick” bet is randomly chosen by the lotto betting machine/computer.
The biggest example of a bettor winning through Lucky Pick mode was the 60-year-old Filipino-American who won 6/55’s Php741 million jackpot on November 29, 2010.
He was an engineer working as building administrator in New York City, United States. He came home for a vacation; one of his nephew’s convinced him to make a bet at a lotto betting station at the Royal Duty Free Shopping Center, Subic Bay Freeport, Zambales.
So he placed a bet for five Lucky Pick combinations for a total of Php100. His second bet won the jackpot, which was the PCSO’s biggest then.
Some observers commented that one sad note about the winner of the Php741 million jackpot of Grand Lotto was that he brought his winnings to the United States and paid over Php200 million in tax to the American government. That’s after he told the PCSO he will not be going back to the U.S. and retire in the Philippines.
He could have given the tax to his relatives in the Philippines, they observers said. In the U.S. winnings from lotteries and gambling are assessed at least a 30 percent tax.
The rest is history as they say. (✓)