'Winning lotto ticket' burned by flat iron

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 11 2014 12:22 AM | Updated as of Oct 14 2014 02:56 AM


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MANILA -- A former overseas Filipino worker (OFW) failed to claim his P12-million lottery prize after his daughter used a flat iron to smooth out the crumpled ticket.

Antonio Failon Mendoza of Calaca, Batangas claims that he won P12 million in the October 2 draw.

He was supposed to go to the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) to claim his prize when his grandchild got hold of his ticket and crumpled it.

"Sinabihan ako ng bayaw ko na sensitive na daw ang PCSO, babasahin daw ng machine ['yung ticket]," Mendoza said in an interview on radio dzMM.

Out of fear that they would not be able to claim the ticket, his daughter decided to iron out the ticket.

However, a big part of the ticket got burned, making it useless and impossible to read.

According to the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO), they follow specific guidelines in claiming prizes, which includes a "no ticket, no payment" policy. The ticket should also be readable.

PCSO General Manager Jose Ferdinand Rojas II said they imposed stricter guidelines to discourage fake claimants from trooping to their office.

Meanwhile, the outlet where Mendoza bought the ticket confirmed that a certain ticket with the winning combination was bought from them.

PCSO is also looking at other possible ways that Mendoza can claim his prize. - with a report from Anthony Taberna, ABS-CBN News