Friday, December 10, 2010
Filipino lotto winner tells his sad story
THE P741-million Grand Lotto 6/55 jackpot prize has already been claimed Thursday afternoon by a 60-year-old male Balikbayan.
The Balikbayan from New York had also confirmed that he bought the winning ticket at a lotto outlet in Royal Duty Free Mall in Olongapo City.
The lucky bettor was accompanied by his three relatives.
He also requested the agency to divide the prize into two checks.
The winner arrived in the country on November 8 together with his wife and three children to attend a reunion.
On Tuesday, an 82-year-old woman tried to claim the jackpot prize but she failed to present the winning ticket.
She said she asked her grandchild to buy 5 tickets. Her grandchild turned over 4 tickets, but didn't return the one that won the jackpot.
The old woman reportedly asked PCSO not to give the prize to her grandchild, who has not shown up and may have gone into hiding. Well lets wait for this story on how it will end.
A tricycle driver from Tanay, Rizal and a jeepney driver from Taguig got more than P2-million jackpot each for the 6/45 Mega Lotto draws last Dec. 1 draw and the Dec. 4 draw.
This reminds me of my previous article that's says even one bet will do.
The 32-year-old tricycle driver bought only two tickets worth P20 , one with the lucky pick numbers chosen by the computer and the other his own set of numbers.
We all dream of hitting the big one, or wish that we could fall into instant riches by simply choosing the right winning lotto numbers or allowing them to be randomly generated from a computerized lotto machine onto
a little piece of paper,just like the Olongapo lotto jackpot winner.
But it has often been said that we should be very careful about what we wish for as everything comes with a price.
The actual chances of becoming a lotto winner are astronomical to begin with, but when fate intervenes, miraculous things can happen that will forever change a person’s life, for better or worse.
A Lotto winner who won P82 million in 2004 is now experiencing financial troubles.
Christian Tongol from Pampanga won P82 million in the lottery in 2004, but now he sometimes finds himself short on cash.
After winning big, he was able to buy six houses and three vehicles, embark on several business ventures, give his family property, help out people in need, and fund the construction of a barangay church and basketball court.
However, one misfortune after another befell him. Three family members--his father, father in law and sibling--were hospitalized for long periods of time before they passed away. Tongol himself was also involved in an accident.
Now, only a house in Pampanga, a motorcycle, and a fishpond are all that's left of the Tongols' posessions. Sometimes, their earnings are not enough for their daily needs.
Today he confesses there are times he struggles to keep up with his obligations.
Posted by Jake Velez at 10:12 AM