Lotto Winners

MANILA, Philippines --- A crowd of lotto claimants poured yesterday at the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO), led by the two co-winners of Super Lotto 6/49's P57-million jackpot.

The PCSO said winners of major and minor prizes have started coming in the early morning Wednesday to claim their winnings.

In past long weekends, the agency registered from 500 to 600 claimants immediately the following working day.

PCSO General Manager Jose Ferdinand M. Rojas II said claimants started coming in the morning.

"We expect the number to swell in the afternoon until the close of office hours. We expect more or less 600 claimants today," he said.

Rojas said two of the claimants were a single mother, 31, with one child, who is from Antique province, and a new college graduate, 24, of Manila, who shared Super Lotto 6/49's almost R57-million jackpot on Dec. 30.

They hit the 6/49 jackpot, each of them with R20 single bet, using birthdates and death anniversary, and matched the winning numbers of 03-31-24-17-12-47, which offered R56,969,928.

"I have already divided for my parents and siblings my share of R28,484,946. With this money, I will also shoulder the education of my siblings," she told Rojas.

On the other hand, the other winner of 6/49, a bettor since he was in college four years ago wants to buy a house and lot, and also spend for his siblings' education.

Rojas congratulated the winners and wished them well with their huge money. (Edd K. Usman)

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