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PUV driver claims P9.2 million lotto prize

Rainier Allan Ronda - The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines — After regularly placing bets for 25 years, a 61-year-old public utility driver claimed on Aug. 3 his half of the P23.06-million prize of the 6/42 Regular Lotto’s July 23 draw, an official said yesterday.

Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) general manager Melquiades Robles said he handed the driver a Land Bank check for his share of the jackpot, minus the 20 percent tax under the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion Law. The driver received approximately P9.2 million.

The winner, a father of two, said the numbers he chose, 17-11-23-21-05-25, were derived from the birthdates of his family members.

He said he diligently “invested” in lotto games for the past 25 years and won small prizes for guessing three or four digits of the six-digit winning combination.

“I won’t put the brakes on my driving because money runs out so fast,” he told the PCSO in Filipino, adding that he would save the money for his family’s future.

The other winner, a bettor in Marikina, has yet to claim the other half of the jackpot.

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