Ex-lotto millionaire loses it all to vices

By Aleta Nieva-Nishimori, ABS-CBNnews.com

Posted at Sep 13 2012 01:19 PM | Updated as of Sep 13 2012 11:21 PM

MANILA – A former lotto millionaire has one advice to new winners: they should manage their money well or else, they'll end up like him--empty-handed.

“Wag nila akong parisan. Wag nila akong tularan dahil mauuwi din sa wala. Ingatan nila [ang pera] at palaguin,” Jonie Reyes told dzMM on Thursday.

Reyes won P14 million in the 6/42 jackpot draw in 2008.

“Naubos po. Nawala po. Sa madaling salita po, nawaldas ko. Nagpakasarap ako. Akala ko hindi mauubos,” Reyes said.

He said people close to him, like his family and friends, also benefited from his winnings.

“Sabi ko nga, kung hindi ako dinapuan ng swerte pare-pareho kaming wala,” Reyes said.

He said he was able to buy a house and cars and provided each of his six siblings with P50,000 cash.

“Pero naubos po lahat sa kalokohan ko,” he said. “Araw-araw po akong nagsasabong noon."

Life goes on for the former millionaire who is back to being an employee.

“Tuloy po ang buhay, pumapasok po sa trabaho araw-araw,” he said.

He is also thankful for the help that his family has been giving him.

“Isang pamangkin ko, nabigyan ko ng sasakyan. Nakikisakay ako sa kanya ngayon. Sa awa ng Diyos, natutulungan po ako ng ilang malapit na kamaganak din. Nabibigyan, naabot-abutan,” said Reyes.

But becoming poor is not a big issue for him. “Laki akong mahirap, sanay akong mahirap. Hindi po ako laking mayaman kaya sanay akong wala,” he said.

If luck once again knocks on his door, Reyes promises to spend his money wisely this time.

“Kung mabibigyan ng ikalawang pagkakataon, akin pong iingatan at palalaguin para marami akong matulungan ulit na kamaganak,” said Reyes.

In the end, Reyes still places his bet on the lottery, hoping to win again.

“Kasi ang kasabihan po na ang umaayaw, di nagwawagi. Ang nagwawagi, di umaayaw kaya taya po ng taya para manalo ulit,” he said.

Two people split the P300 million 6/55 lotto pot on Wednesday.