(SDN) — September is a lucky time for bettors of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO).
For the second time this month, the PCSO has produced another instant millionaire, a dreamer in Cagayan de Oro City, Misamis Oriental, who on Wednesday (September 29) won Mega Lotto 6/45’s Php54.99-million jackpot.
PCSO Corporate Planning Department of Manager Agnes Salgarino Ibera relayed this information to the news media, saying the lucky ticket was traced to a lotto outlet in the Mindanao city.
She said 6/45’s draw on the evening of Wednesday produced the winning combination of 14-11-03-07-10-30 carrying the nearly Php60-million prize.
A total of 115 tickets got five of the winning numbers, entitling each one with a consolation prize of Php32,000; 3,337 will get Php1,000 each for four correct numbers.
Meanwhile, for the next draw on Friday (October 1, 2021), Ultra Lotto 6/58 will a have a projected jackpot worth around Php148 million. No one got the jackpot in the last draw on Thursday (September 30).
Every peso of revenue from PCSO gaming products such as the lotto games and many others is apportioned for the Prize Fund (55 centavos); the Charity Fund (30 centavos); and the Operating Fund (15 centavos).
It means that the bet money spent by bettors for the PCSO games are going back to poor Filipinos in the form of health and medical assistance.
Like this month of September, Ibera said the PCSO disbursed its Medical Access Program or MAP and sent to beneficiaries a total of Php202,299,298.63 for 24,360 individuals.
The National Capital Region or NCR had Php41 million for 4,335 beneficiaries; Northern and Central Luzon, Php52.2 million for 3,439 persons; Southern Tagalog and Bicol Region, Php43.85 million, 5,756; Visayas, Php35.21 million, 5,367; and Mindanao, Php29.91 million, 5,463.
With the coronavirus pandemic now on its second year and still no end in sight, deaths piling up, hospitalization up to the brim, infections not letting up, the PCSO has been a constant ally for the poor Filipinos who have nowhere to turn to. (✓)