Lottery is more fun in PH – Juico

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Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) Chairperson Margarita Juico on Tuesday said lottery is more fun in the Philippines because the agency keeps on looking for new ways to improve the system and make lottery and sweepstakes more accessible to the public.

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Juico made the statement during the joint Asia Pacific Lottery Association and World Lottery Association (APLA/WLA) seminar being held at The Sofitel Philippine Plaza Hotel in Pasay City.

In her speech, Juico acknowledged the challenges being faced by the lottery sector and the importance of international gatherings not only in promoting closer relations among stakeholders but also in providing opportunity to exchange insight on how best to approach the challenges.

It is the first time that the Philippines hosted the APLA/WLA seminar since the PCSO introduced the lottery game in 1995 and Juico noted that the decision of the international lottery associations to hold the seminar in the country is an indication that they believe on the manner PCSO is running the country’s lottery.

“I’m very proud that all of them [participants]seem to be very satisfied with how we conducted ourselves, how we organized this event,” Juico said in an interview Tuesday.

She said the conference will help the PCSO get new insights about lottery games which it can apply to the Philippine lottery system to further promote the game to the public.

“We are trying to be very dynamic that whatever we learn we apply it here in the and we will not stop at improving what we have,” she added.

PCSO General Manager Jose Ferdinand Rojas 2nd, noted that the reason why Juico said lottery is more fun in the country is because the Philippines has the most types of lottery games in the world.

Rojas said that unlike in other countries where lotto games are limited, the Philippines provided lotto players different types of lottery games from Grand Lotto (6/55) with a guaranteed minimum jackpot of P16 million to the easy-two lottery game where players only has to choose two numbers.

He said these games not only to give the public opportunity to become millionaires but also help fight illegal gambling while raising funds for charity.

“The public could expect more improvement on the lottery games in the coming years, including the possibility of making lotto available to the internet,” Rojas said.

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