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(SDN) — In this time of scarcity brought on by the coronavirus pandemic, every little help is welcome.
What if the help comes in the millions of pesos. Obviously, that’s one for the books.
One for the books it is.
Or, more like shooting for the Moon.
Or one for Ripley’s Believe It or Not.
Believe! Some guys are lucky; some are ultra-lucky. Kainggit, di ba!
Either way you have it here’s one inspiring narrative in this time of the pandemic.
On Thursday evening (April 22, 2021), the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) yielded another instant millionaire, said PCSO OIC Corporate and Planning Manager Agnes Salgarino Ibera.
The new multimillionaire per information from her is a lucky punter who purchased a Super Lotto 6/49 ticket in Lucban, Quezon province.
It turned out the bet matched the winning combination of 6/49 — 12-05-30-10-28-27 — which offered a jackpot prize totalling Php24,438,458.20. Solo winner.
Meanwhile, 28 tickets matched five of the winning numbers worth Php50,000 for each ticket holder; 904 tickets have four numbers correct and worth Php1,200 each; Php50 each go to 9,946 with three correct numbers.
Still no PCSO draws, selling of tickets in NCR+ under MECQ
With the 6/49 jackpot won, Super Lotto will revert to its minimum starting prize of Php15.8 million.
On the other hand, Lotto 6/42 in the same draw date did not produce a winner of its Php81.65 million (12-24-39-17-21-19) jackpot.
But 23 bets have a near miss, five correct numbers, worth Php24,000 each ticket holder.
As this developed, Ibera said places under the Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ) such as the National Capital Region (NCR)+ still do not have PCSO draws for its lotteries, including the popular lotto games until April 30.
In another development, the charity agency revealed that as of April 21, 2021, its Medical Access Program (MAP) has already disbursed a total of Php7,458,576.56 for 1,058 individuals.
The MAP assistance is broken down as follows:
- National Capital Region — Php1,880,400 (189 persons)
- Northern and Central Luzon — Php1,838,017 (273)
- Southern Tagalog and Bicol Region — Php1,417,941.74 (247)
- Visayas — Php1,316,452.76 (201)
- Mindanao — Php1,005,765.06 (148)
It should be noted the PCSO derives assistance from the revenue earned by the lotto games and its other gaming products.
For every peso of revenue this is allocated to wit: Prize Fund, 55 percent; Charity Fund, 30 percent; and Operating Fund, 15 percent.
The PCSO is the government’s main revenue producing agency for assistance to poor Filipinos. (✓)