MANILA – Three bettors bagged the jackpot prizes in two separate lotto draws on Monday, the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) said Tuesday.

In an advisory, the PCSO said a bettor guessed the winning combination 09-08-05-01-30-52 during the Grand Lotto 6/55 draw with a total prize of PHP75,248,476.

The ticket was purchased in Novaliches, Quezon City.

A total of 34 other bettors who guessed five out of the six winning combinations won PHP100,000 each, the PCSO said.

About 1,764 bettors got PHP1,500 each for getting four of the winning combinations while 29,952 bettors won PHP60 each for guessing three right combinations.

The Grand Lotto is drawn every Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday.

Meanwhile, two bettors from San Pablo, Laguna guessed the winning combination 25-04-11-35-15-09 in the Mega Lotto 6/45 draw. They will split the total prize of PHP11,631,365.

A total of 57 bettors won PHP32,000 each for guessing five out of the six winning digits; 2,190 will get PHP1,000 each for four correct digits, and 28,174 will settle for PHP30 each for three digits.

The Mega Lotto 6/45 is drawn on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday

To claim the check, the bettor must go to PCSO's main office in Mandaluyong City and present the winning ticket and two ID cards.

As provided in the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion law, lotto winnings of more than PHP10,000 shall be subject to a 20-percent final tax.

Unclaimed prizes within a year shall be forfeited.

Meanwhile, two bettors who bagged the jackpots of two separate draws claimed their prizes recently at the PCSO main office.

In a statement on Tuesday, the PCSO said a retired seaman from Negros Occidental and one of the two lucky winners of the MegaLotto 6/45 drawn on Feb. 1, claimed half of the PHP73.4 million jackpot prize he won with his winning combination 37–29–42–21–27–05.

The winner, an avid patron of lotto games since 2003, said he got the winning combination from a bingo draw.

“Twenty years na akong tumataya ng lotto. Yung number na lumabas ay dalawang taon ko ng alaga. Naisipan ko po dati na kunin ang mga numbers sa bingo. Ang ginawa ko po ay inilagay ko po sa isang bote yung number 1 to 45 saka po ako kumuha ng anim na numero at yun po ang palagi kung tinatayaan na sa lotto. Salamat naman sa Diyos at natsambahan ko din (I've been betting in the lotto for 20 years. I betted the same numbers two years ago. I've thought about getting the numbers from Bingo before. What I did was that I put the numbers 1 to 45 in a bottle, then I took six numbers and that's what I always get when betting on the lottery. Thanks be to God and I was able to get the lucky numbers),” he said.

He plans to put up his own business in Negros Occidental and save part of his winnings in a bank for the future of his family,

A 62-year-old retired government employee from the province of Isabela claimed the jackpot prize of PHP5.9 million he won from the Lotto 6/42 drawn on Feb. 2.

The winner bought his ticket in a lotto outlet in Tumauini, Isabela, and picked his winning number combination 02–27–16–29–04–19 from the birthdates of his parents and children.

Yung napanalunan ko ay para sa pag-aaral ng mga anak ko para maging maganda din ang future nila. Gusto ko din po mag-try ng business na may kinalaman sa farming kasi yun po ang hilig ko at malakas na negosyo sa probinsya po namin (What I won is for my children's education so that they will have better future. I also want to try a business related to farming because that is my passion and it is a strong business in our province).”

He also praised PCSO for its charity programs.

Pamilyar po ako sa mga programa ng PCSO kaya nagpapasalamat po ako dahil napakadami ng mga natutulungan ng inyong ahensiya lalo na yung mga may sakit ng cancer pati yung mga dialysis patients. Mabuhay po ang PCSO (I am familiar with the programs of PCSO, so I am grateful because your agency helps so many people, especially those with cancer and dialysis patients. Long live PCSO).”

The winners both appealed to the public to continue patronizing PCSO games.

Lotto results and other details of the PCSO games, products and services can be viewed on the PCSO Official Website, PCSO FB Page and PCSO GOV Channel on YouTube.

The PCSO is urging the public to patronize its games to generate more funds for health programs, medical assistance and services, and charities. (PNA)