One of two lotto winners borrowed money to claim PHP472 million prize

Started from the bottom now we’re here.

We all need a little help from our friends sometimes, like one of the two lotto winners who on Tuesday had to borrow money from a friend just to claim part of the record-breaking jackpot prize he won.

The man was one of Sunday’s two winners of the PHP1,180,622,508 (US$21.7million) jackpot prize for the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office’s (PCSO) Ultra Lotto 6/58 draw.

According to PCSO Assistant General Manager for Gaming Arnel Casas, the man, who came from Samar, claimed his prize at the PCSO main office in Pasay City on Tuesday, ABS-CBN News reported today.

It’s over a 17-hour trip via bus from Samar to Metro Manila and could cost around PHP1,500 (US$27.85).

The winners’ identities are being kept secret because the PCSO wants to protect their safety. However, Casas told radio station DZMM today that the Samar winner is a middle-aged man with a family who came to the office with a companion. They both borrowed money to get to Manila.

The other winner, who lives in Albay province, has not yet claimed the prize but still has 360 days left to do so. In case that person doesn’t claim it, the money will go to a charity fund, Casas said.

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They both guessed the right combination of 40-50-37-25-01-45, which is why they’ll each take home half of the prize. A winning bettor’s prize is subject to a 20 percent tax, which is why they’ll only bring home PHP472million (US$8.7million).

Safe to say the winner who has claimed his price won’t have to worry about the commute back home anymore.

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