EIGHTEEN lucky bettors became instant millionaires in the first quarter of 2018 total winnings of P872,384,484 Lotto jackpots, according to Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO).
PCSO General Manager Alexander Balutan said the winners, whose names were withheld for security purposes, came from Batangas City, Leyte, Laguna, Isabela, Las Piñas and Cavite City,” Balutan revealed.
Records from the PCSO’s Product Research and Development Division of the Gaming Sector indicated that for January, Lotto had six lucky millionaires.
There are two winners for Lotto 6/42 worth P24.8 million and P7.89 million; one winner for Grand Lotto 6/55 worth P29.7 million; one winner for Mega Lotto 6/45 worth P9.59 million; and two winners for Ultra Lotto 6/58 but they have to split the P331.97 million into two.
In February, Lotto had five winners. One winner for Mega Lotto 6/45 worth P45.39 million; another for Lotto 6/42 worth P49.6 million; two for Ultra Lotto 6/58 worth P331.97; and another for Grand Lotto 6/55 worth P64.3 million.
The winners came from Batangas, Cavite, Bulacan, Laguna, and Manila.
In March, Lotto had five winners. One for 6/42 worth P26 million; one for Mega Lotto 6/45 worth P42 million; one for Lotto 6/42 worth P10.2 million; one for Super Lotto 6/49 worth P104.2 million; and a sole winner for Lotto 6/42 worth P12.4 million.
The winners came from Oriental Mindoro, Laguna, Cebu City, Manila, Batangas, and Cainta,
“As of April 4, we have two winners of Mega Lotto 6/45 worth P35.9 million who came from Cainta, Rizal and St. Francis Square Mall,” Balutan said.
PCSO charter mandates that 55 percent of its revenues should be allocated for prizes, 15 percent for operational expenses, and 30 percent for its “charity fund.”
Last January, PCSO implemented the 20-percent tax on lottery winnings worth P10,000 or more as stipulated in the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) law.