Ul­tra Lotto jack­pot ex­ceeds P1B; PCSO says even for­eign­ers can win

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MANILA – The jack­pot prize for the Philip­pine Char­ity Sweep­stakes Of­fice (PCSO) Ul­tra Lozo 6/58 has breached P1 bil­lion and con nues to climb as the coun­try’s rich­est loz­ery win­nings ever.

PCSO Gen­eral Man­ager Alexan­der Ba­lu­tan said yes­ter­day there was s ll no win­ner as of the Oc­to­ber 7 (45‐ 21‐02‐30‐07‐10) draw. Up for grabs dur­ing the week­end draw was al­ready an un­prece­dented P954,503,164.

Ba­lu­tan said PCSO is again ex­pec ng long lines of be­zors for the Tues­day evening, Oc­to­ber 9 draw.

But here’s the catch. Ba­lu­tan said even for­eign­ers can bet and win in Philip­pine lozo draws, as long as they are at least aged 18 years old.

“Even for­eign­ers can win the jack­pot prize if they bought a cket as long as they are 18 years old and above, which is the age re­quire­ment, and as long the claimant has the win­ning cket, he or she can take home the jack­pot prize,” he said.

The PCSO chief said he has re­ceived re­ports that many for­eign­ers have been pur­chas­ing lozo ck­ets, en ced by the huge pay­off.

Ul­tra Lozo draws are held Tues­day, Fri­day and Sun­day. To win, a be­zor must se­lect 6 num­bers from 1 to 58 or play Lucky Pick (LP) for a ran­domly gen­er­ated num­bers. Each bet cost P24.00.

When­ever there is no win­ner of a draw, the prize money is rolled over and grows big­ger.

No one has picked the right Ul­tra Lozo com­bina ons in past 110 weeks.

“Itong P1‐bil­lion jack­pot prize ay na­paka-his­toric sa PCSO, la­hat, lalo na ‘yung mga tu­mataya eh ex­cited, ‘di na ma­pakali, at gus­tung-gusto na ta­la­gang man­alo. (This P1‐ bil­lion jack­pot prize is his­toric for PCSO, ev­ery­one is very ex­cited. They all want to win the top prize.) Who­ever wins this prize will be the first‐ever PCSO bil­lion­aire,” Ba­lu­tan said.

Ba­lu­tan said, if he had his way, he wants many peo­ple to share the big jack­pot prize “so many will be­come mil­lion­aires.”

“Sana maram­ing man­alo para dis­trib­uted ‘yung jack­pot prize lalo na itong P1 bi­lyon kasi so­brang laki n’yan, nakakalula! Para marami tay­ong ma­pali­gaya. At ha­bang pa­palaki ng pa­palaki ang jack­pot, lumalaki din ang sales na n sa Ul­tra Lozo. Na­palak­ing tu­long ito sa a ng char­ity fund. Sana may ma­suw­erte­han na ta­laga,” he said.

(I hope many will win to dis­trib­ute the jack­pot prize, spe­cially this P1 bil­lion prize which is so big it makes you dizzy. I hope we can make many peo­ple happy. And as the jack­pot money keeps gešng big­ger, so does our Ul­tra Lozo sales. This will be a big boost to our char­ity fund. I hope some­one get’s lucky soon.)

The big­gest PCSO loz­ery ever claimed by a sin­gle win­ner was the Novem­ber 29, 2010, Grand Lozo 6/55 which saw a “ba­lik­bayan” from Olon­gapo City, bring home the P741‐ mil­lion jack­pot. Ba­lu­tan said the 60‐year‐old Filipino win­ner resided in New York and bought the cket at Royal Duty Free Mall in Su­bic, Olon­gapo. His win­ning com­bina on was 11‐16‐42‐47‐31‐37.

The last win­ners of the Ul­tra Lozo were two be­zors who cor­rectly got the win­ning com­bina on of 15‐31‐28‐ 25‐42‐11 last Fe­bru­ary 16. They shared the cash prize of P331,971,464.

Ba­lu­tan said be­zors should keep their ck­ets with care. Dam­aged win­ning ck­ets will not be hon­ored.

“Re­mem­ber to keep your ck­ets and keep it in a safe place. You might not win the en re six dig­its, but you have a prize if you got the four win­ning com­bina ons cor­rectly,” he said.

Ac­cord­ing to the Ul­tra Lozo rules on the PCSO web­site: be­zors who get 5 of the 6 win­ning num­bers may win at least P280,000; 4 cor­rect num­bers may win up to P3,800.

The ac­tual con­sola on cash prizes “are de­ter­mined based on the to­tal sales gen­er­ated and the num­ber of win­ners on the par cu­lar draw.”

Jack­pot win­ners should bring two valid iden fica on cards, and present the win­ning

cket to the prize claim sec on of the ac­coun ng and bud­get depart­ment at PCSO head­quar­ters in Man­daluy­ong City.

A8er val­ida on, the trea­sury depart­ment, will turnover check in­dica ng the amount won with the win­ner’s name.

Win­ners can en­cash the check at the Land­bank of the Philip­pines or open a bank ac­count for safe­keep­ing.

Of course, Ba­lu­tan said all loz­eries are games of chance. How­ever, there is one thing cer­tain the win­ner of the bil­lion‐peso Ul­tra Lozo jack­pot will pay a 20 per­cent tax due to the gov­ern­ment and the amount will be au­toma cally de­ducted. That’s man­dated by TRAIN law.

(Ian Paul Cordero photo)

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