PCSO: “Since this is a game of chance, there is no right, there is no wrong, alam niyo ‘yun. In this case nga, tinamaan nila ‘yun.”
PCSO — The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office recently spoke about the incidence of having 433 jackpot winners of its 6/55 Grand Lotto draw last October 1, 2022.
To recall, PCSO announced last October 1 that 433 lottery bettors with the same winning combination of 09-45-36-27-18-54 will split the total jackpot prize of PHP 236 million. Each lottery bettor is expected to receive at least PHP 500,000 gross for the winnings, subject to taxes.
In a press conference last October 2, PCSO General Manager Melquiades Robles said that the incidence of having 433 winners of its October 1 lotto draw was a “natural occurrence”, adding that there were no irregularities.
“Maraming tumataya ng alagang numero, loyalty-based,” Robles said. “It’s not only good to be loyal to your wives and husbands, it’s also good to be loyal to your numbers.”
Based on a report, PCSO officials stood by the integrity of the pre-draw procedures conducted in the presence of observers — including draw ball case selection, machine inspections, and weighing and loading of official draw balls.
Robles also assured the public that PCSO is “honest about its responsibility and mandate to conduct games that are trustworthy, have integrity, utmost sincerity, and transparency”.
Meanwhile, two senators called for an investigation into the Grand Lotto results last October 1.
Senate Minority Leader Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III said on Sunday that he is considering filing a resolution to “audit and investigate” PCSO’s gaming activities. Senator Risa Hontiveros said that she supported Senator Pimentel’s move to investigate the “extraordinary” 6/55 Grand Lotto results.
“While we recognize that people tend to bet in patterns, we also want to make sure the system is secure, free from glitches, and trustworthy,” Senator Hontiveros said.