I read this story in the official website of the PCSO. The story catches my interest to post here at my blog for the reason that the surfers of this site (LynxJuan.Com) will be inspired to support the PCSO projects (LOTTO Games). Not only to give them chances of winning to make their lives in progress but also to be aware how PCSO and the Philippine government help other people who are in need and their proceeds contribute to our economy out of this good project. Here are some of those stories and articles.
A tricycle driver from Iloilo becomes an 18 million-peso millionaire. A jeepney driver from Marikina uses the numbers corresponding to his son’s birthday and takes home the P33 million prize. A devotee of the Black Nazarene in Quiapo captures the P34 million jackpot. Last year, a farmer in Bacolod City wins P50 million, one of the biggest jackpots ever won on a single bet. They are just some of the more than 1,200 instant millionaires generated by the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) after introducing the lotto numbers game in 1995.
Raising funds for charity
As the principal government agency for raising and providing funds for health programs, medical assistance and services, and charities of national character, the PCSO shores up its charity capability through the following revenue sources developed over the years: sweepstakes (1934), lotto (1995), instant sweepstakes 1998, Keno (2006) small-town lottery or STL (2006).
All revenues generated by PCSO are divided into the following: Prize Fund (55%), Charity Fund (30%), and Operating Fund (15%).
The ticket that put food on the table for the likes of 66-year old Manila City Hall vendor Priscilla ‘Manang Ising’ de Guzman has over the years morphed from a game of luck targeting the general population to one periodically dedicated to specific sectors.
Changing times and new technology placed the sweepstakes behind the lotto numbers game, said Atty. Amelia Tansinsin, PCSO OIC-Assistant General Manager for marketing. She adds, however, that the charity agency has learned to devise ways to make the sweepstakes survive through niche marketing.
In 2006, for example, the PNP mounted a successful special sweepstakes draw for law enforcers that generated P12.82M. This enabled the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) and the Legal Services and Enforcement Group (LSEG) to purchase new computers and communication equipment, and law books for their library. Top prize for the special draw was P5 million, while the second and third prizes amounted to P2 million and P1 million, respectively. A portion of the sweepstakes proceeds was likewise given to a model precinct of the PNP. The success of the 2006 PNP special draw encouraged PNP to conduct another special draw in 2007, doubling sales and charity for the institution. This time, the 2nd PNP special draw proceeds enabled PNP to buy other equipments, motorcycles and law books for their library.