PCSO considers putting lotto online

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THE Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) is mulling the use of the Internet to further expand its lotto operation by making the games more accessible to the public.

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PCSO general manager Jose Ferdinand Rojas 2nd said the idea was picked up by the office during the three-day Asia-Pacific Lottery Association (APLA)/World Lottery Association (WLA) Joint Business Seminar held in the country.

Rojas said the PCSO has been expanding its lottery operation to get more support from the public and raise more funds for charity.

Coming up with a system that would allow the public to play lotto online is not any more difficult, he said.

“There are many changes that can be expected in the coming years and even months, and this is the result of the international assembly which was hosted by the PCSO,” Rojas added.

The PCSO general manager added that technological innovation in the lottery systems in other countries can be adopted by the country to make our lottery games more attractive to the people.

The 2014 APLA/WLA joint business seminar opened April 28 and ended Thursday evening in closing ceremonies in the historic walled city of Intramuros in Manila.

PCSO Chairman Margie Juico, Rojas and 175 delegates from 22 countries attended the culmination which was hosted by the APLA.

“It’s our first time to host such a seminar and it’s a milestone for the PCSO. We made history and I think this won’t be the last,” Rojas said.

The event also helped promote the Philippines as a major convention or seminar destination in the Asia-Pacific.

Tan Soo Nan, APLA chairman and chief executive officer of Singapore Pools (Private) Limited, commended the PCSO for hosting a well-organized event and even described his stay in the country as very “marvelous.”

PCSO chair Juico, in an earlier interview, said the international seminar not only gave the PCSO new ideas from other countries but also showed the foreign delegates that the Philippines is a safe place to visit.

“Everyone wants to see the Philippines and witness personally the changes introduced by our President, [Benigno Aquino 3rd],” Juico added.

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