PCSO belies rumor 6/55 Grand Lotto was rigged
MANILA - Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) General Manager Jose Ferdinand Rojas II belied rumors that there was no real winner of the P249 million jackpot prize for the 6/55 Grand Lotto draw last April 7.
The total jackpot prize of P249,841,572 was claimed on Thursday by a 59-year-old woman, who has three children. Her husband is an overseas Filipino worker (OFW).
Rojas said the woman works in the administrative department of a private company, and lives in Muntinlupa.
She had been betting on the winning numbers for 5 to 7 years, he said. The winning numbers are: 39-21-42-28-05-27.
PCSO 6/55 Grand Lotto Result for April 7 2014
The ticket was bought from the lottery outlet in Washington Street corner Pio del Pilar in Makati.
The winner asked her staff to buy the ticket. It was the sole ticket that she bought on that day.
According to Rojas, the winner told him her husband still does not know that she won. She plans to use the jackpot to build their house, start a business and surprise her husband.
Rojas said the numbers were "parang b'day numbers."
Rojas said the lotto ticket report posted on Facebook was the result for the Visayas and Mindanao area. The winner is from Luzon.
He explained that the PCSO has separate system providers for Luzon and Visayas-Mindanao -- Pacific Online Services Corporation for Visayas and Mindanao, and Philippine Gaming Management Corporation for Luzon.
Rojas said he hopes people should clarify things with PCSO first before posting allegations and speculations.
An estimate of more than a million lotto tickets are sold nationwide everyday.
Meanwhile, the Palace said the integrity of lotto draws must be preserved.
"Sang-ayon ako...na kinakailangang mapanatili ang integridad ng lotto draws dahil milyun-milyong mga mamamayan ang lumalahok diyan at kailangang tiyakin sa kanila na patas at makatotohanan ang buong proseso at 'yan ang pinagsisikapang matamo sa bawat pagkakataon ng Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office kaya nga aired live or televised live ang proseso," Communications Secretary Sonny Coloma said.
"Pinapakita talaga ang prosesong ito at nagi-involve ng mga mamamayan, hindi lamang ng mga opisyal... mga punong barangay, mga mamamayan ng iba't ibang lugar para first-hand maobserbahan nila ang proseso," he added. -- With report from Willard Cheng, ABS-CBN News