'HINDI LOTTO-NG MAKAW' | PCSO chief confronts FB post on P249M, probe on
By: Ernie Reyes, InterAksyon.com
April 11, 2014 6:28 PM
The FB post that started it all.
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d won the P249-million jackpot prize in the lotto draw Monday night (April 7), contrary to misleading posts on social media hinting that there was no winner and the draw results were rigged, the general manager of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office stressed on Friday.
Nonetheless, PCSO Chair Margie Juico sought a full report of the matter from agency officials, while assuring the public that every draw is attended with complete transparency and integrity. She said any incident that tends to erode public trust in the system should be confronted, as the primary state fund-raiser for charities has a very vital mission.
Atty. Jose Ferdinand Rojas, the agency's GM, said in an interview with Radyo ng Bayan there was apparent malice in posting on FaceBook an internal ticket sales report showing “no winner” because the report came only from Pacific Online System Corporation (POSC), a PCSO’s service provider for the Visayas-Mindanao area, omitting the ticket sales report from the service provider from Luzon, which showed a winner.
“The said POSC lotto terminal generated the said ticket report which indicates that there was no jackpot winner in the April 7, 2014 Grand Lotto 6-55 draw, as far as their lotto terminals are concerned, because the winning jackpot ticket was not bought from any of their lotto terminals but from one of the lotto terminals of the Philippine Gaming and Management Corporation (PGMC), the other system provider of the PCSO,” Rojas said in an official statement posted on PCSO website.
Moreover, Rojas noted, the “said POSC ticket report also indicated that there were only two (2) winners of the second prize, per its lotto terminals, when in fact, after the consolidation of all POSC and PGMC total number of winners, there were actually twenty-five (25) second prize winners.”
Rojas explained: “The determination of whether or not there is/are jackpot winner(s) in any lotto draw comes after all the ticket entries from all the lotto terminals of the POSC and PGMC are consolidated and processed in the main computer center of the PCSO,” GM Rojas further clarified.
‘Filipino Patriotism’ FB account
The FB post that stirred a hornet's nest
On April 9, “Filipino Patriotism” asked Rojas, in a Facebook account, to explain why there was a winner on the 6/55 Jackpot last April 7, 2014 from Makati with a pot money of P249,841,572 and 25 winners who correctly guessed the first five number of the winning combination with a prize of P169, 410 each.
The account holder claimed a hard copy was obtained from a reliable source saying there was no winner, and only 2 bettors successfully guessed the first five number of the winning combination.
“Pero sa hard copy na ibinigay sa amin ng isang reliable source ay walang nanalo ng jackpot? At maging ang sinasabing 25 naman sa premyong P169,410 ay 2 lang ang nanalo base sa hard copy ng results ng 6/55?,” Filipino Patriotism said in its FB account.
It was administered by a certain #adminAKOPINOY.
As of this writing, the post generated about 5,999 shares with 760 likes and 435 comments.
FB post told only half the story
In a separate interview on Radyo ng Bayan, Rojas said the contents of the report from Pacific Online as posted on FB is “correct,” but lamented that posting it there, with an apparent intent to maliciously create the impression that the results were rigged, had done the public and the PCSO’s charities a disservice because it erodes public trust in the lotto.
He said the PGMC’s ticket sales report, which was not posted on FB, shows clearly there was a winner from Muntinlupa, who bought her ticket on Washington St., Barangay Pio del Pilar in Makati.
The ticket sales report is an internal document, and Rojas said whoever posted it on FB clearly had some design to sow intrigue. “Not that we’re hiding any document; it’s an internal document but we have nothing to hide because our operations are transparent and aboveboard,” Rojas explained, speaking in Filipino.
Juico seeks full report
Meanwhile, PCSO Chairperson Margarita Juico instructed the Gaming Sector to submit a complete report on the matter with all pertinent documents to prove that indeed there was one winner of the P249-million jackpot prize, after having been informed about the posting of a newsfeed from a group that calls itself “Filipino Patriotism” that there was reportedly no winner in the Grand Lotto 6-55 draw last Monday.
The official results of the draw, as announced by PCSO.
Juico gave reporters a copy of the cotejo containing the official draw results of all the PCSO games drawn on April 07, 2014 which include the Grand Lotto 6-55 Winning Numbers- 39-21-42-28-05-27; the jackpot prize- P249,841,572.00, and the number of winners, as follows: one (1) jackpot winner; twenty-five (25) second prize winners, two thousand seven hundred (2,700) third prize winners, and fifty-nine thousand and one (59,001) fourth prize winners. The cotejo was signed as prepared by Noelito A. Perales, checked by Ma. Caridad Pamparo of the Accounting and Budget Department and witnessed by Mary Joy Acabado, Commission on Audit Representative.
The PCSO Chairperson also handed reporters a copy of the official Declaration of Grand Lotto 6-55 Winning Numbers: 39-21-42-28-05-27 for the 614th Grand Lotto 6-55 Draw held on the 7th of April 2014, duly certified and signed by Manolo Mercedes, Chairman, Panel of Judges, Benalyn Denusta, Rey Ricabar, Nenita Labasano, Manuel Victorio, Members, Panel of Judges, Eugene V. Muyot, PCSO Draw Coordinator, Roger C. Ramirez, GPDMS Representative, Milagros D. Paner, Accounting and Budget Representative, and Cynthia M. Evasco, Commission on Audit Representative.
“To maintain and protect the integrity and transparency of our gaming operations,” Juico emphasized that “all the processes in every lotto activity are fully documented at the Remote Access Management Terminal (RAMT) at the Main Computer Center and are witnessed and certified correct by all the representatives and draw participants from the Commission on Audit (COA), Accounting and Budget Department, Internal Audit Services, Gaming, Product Development & Marketing Sector, Branch Operations and members of the PCSO draw team,” Juico said.
She hastened to add that “the conduct of every lotto draw, televised from start to finish, is also witnessed by representatives of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), the Office of Government Corporate Counsel (OGCC) and five (5) members of the panel of judges, all of whom are outsiders, not PCSO employees.”
“Since the start of lotto operations 19 years ago, PCSO has adopted the policy of non-disclosure of the identity of jackpot winners so as to ensure their safety and security, unless so ordered by a competent court. This policy still stands,” Juico said.
Palace: PCSO ensuring fair and honest lotto draws
Meanwhile, Malacanang said that despite allegations that the lottery draw last Monday was rigged, the PCSO was doing its best to ensure fair and honest lotto draws.
Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) secretary Herminio Coloma Jr., in a Palace media briefing, raised the issue after PCSO declared its lotto winner took home her cash prize of P249.8 million.
Coloma said that the PCSO should maintain the integrity of its lotto draws because millions of Filipinos participated in it.
“‘...Yan ang pinagsisikapang matamo sa bawat pagkakataon ng Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office. Kaya nga aired live or televised live ‘yung proseso,” the PCOO chief said.
“Pinapakita talaga ‘yung prosesong ito at nag-i-involve ng mga mamamayan, hindi lamang mga opisyal, mga mamamayan, mga punong barangay, mga mamamayan ng iba’t ibang lugar para firsthand ay maobserbahan nila ‘yung proseso,” he added.
The PCOO chief also said that since there were public complaints raised on the integrity of PCSO’s recent draw, verification will be needed.
“Kailangan lang nating beripikahin ‘yang impormasyon na ‘yan at ipararating ko sa kanila para mabigyan tayo ng (kaukulang) paliwanag,” Coloma said.
He also clarified that the President’s Social Fund did not acquire funds from PCSO but from Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR). With a report from Philippines News Agency