6/45, 6/42 Lotto bets up

Manila, Philippines --- Starting May 17, each bet for Mega Lotto 6/45 and Lotto 6/42 will cost P20, while the minimum guaranteed prize (MGP) will rise to P9 million and P6 million, respectively.

Ticket price for Grand Lotto 6/55 and Super Lotto 6/49 will stay at P20 each.

Grand Lotto and Super Lotto have MGP of P30 million and P16 million each.

PCSO General Manager Jose Ferdinand M. Rojas II made this announcement in an interview yesterday.

He said the purpose was to increase charity funds generated from 6/45 and 6/42 by raising the cost of the ticket cost for every bet from P10 to P20.

The two lotto games before the increase have MGP of P4.5 million (6/45) and P3 million (6/42).

Rojas said every peso of the lotto games' revenue is allocated as such, 55 percent for prize fund; 30 percent to charity fund; and 15 percent going to operating fund of the agency.

''With the increase in ticket price, the PCSO expects more funds for our medical programs and health services for our clients,'' he said.

Meanwhile, the PCSO continued producing lotto millionaires, the latest a winner Saturday of P30 million.

From 1995 to Dec. 2011, the agency's four major lotteries have already made about 1,700 new Filipino millionaires, with about P28 billion in combined jackpot payout.

A Taguig City bettor became the latest lotto millionaire, hitting Grand Lotto 6/55's P30 million jackpot, who guessed correctly the six-number winning combination of 08-37-48-32-15-27.

A PCSO staff said yesterday the P20 winning ticket was bought at a lotto outlet along C5 Highway, Taguig City.

He recalled that 6/55 paid the biggest -- P741.17 million -- in local lotto prize money on Nov. 29, 2010 to a ''balikbayan'' working in the United States.