THE Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) on Friday dismissed social media claims that there was no winner in the April 7 Grand Lotto 6/55 draw as untrue.
Contrary to rumors circulating in social media, the PCSO said the lone winner was a 59-year-old woman working in Muntinlupa City, Metro manila, who already claimed the jackpot prize.
PCSO General Manager Jose Ferdinand Rojas 2nd said the winner went to their office on Thursday accompanied by her youngest child and presented the winning ticket.
After validating the ticket, the PCSO gave her a check for P249,841,572 an hour later.
“Thus, it is not true that there is no winner. The public may check with the lotto outlet—Triple Lucky Stars—[on] Washington corner Pio del Pilar Streets, Makati City, [Metro Manila], which sold the winning ticket,” it said.
The winner got the winning combination of 39-21-42-28-05-27 from the birth dates and ages of her children and husband. The lucky bettor said she has been playing lotto since 1996.
The PCSO said it has two service providers for lotto operations—the Philippine Gaming and Management Corp. (PGMC) and the Pacific Online System Corp. (POSC).
The PCSO said the PGMC and POSC have separate systems for lotto operations. PGMC uses the International Lottery Totalizator System Inc. while POSC relies on Scientific Games Inc. and Intralot.
Only the PCSO, however, announces the official winning combination and number of winner(s) through its live telecast on PTV-4 daily and its official website.