MANILA – There will be no selling of tickets and lotto draws for lotto games on Christmas day and New Year, the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) announced Wednesday.
“December 25, Friday Christmas day and January 1, 2021 Friday New Year’s day no selling/ no draw,” a PCSO advisory read.
PCSO general manager Royina Garma said the lotto draws for December 24 and 31 would be held earlier at 11 a.m. for the morning draw, including 3d and 2d lotto, 4 p.m., for afternoon draw for 3d and 2d lotto and 9 p.m. evening draw for 3d and 2d lotto respectively.
The selling period is from 7 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. for the morning draw; 11:35 a.m.-12:15 p.m.; for the afternoon draw and 7 a.m-1:30 p.m. for the evening draw.
Keno has a selling period from 7 a.m.-1:55 p.m.
Garma said this is to allow PCSO personnel and patrons to spend the holidays with their families.
Meanwhile, the regular selling and draw will remain on December 26 to 30 and January 2, 2021 onwards.
Garma urged the public to patronize PCSO games to generate more funds to be used to assist Filipinos.
The PCSO serves as the principal government agency for raising and providing funds for health programs, medical assistance and services, and charities of national character.
One of its key programs is the medical access program, which is designed to augment the medical needs of Filipinos nationwide, particularly hospital confinement, chemotherapy, dialysis, and post-transplant medicines.
The program is funded by revenues from PCSO games nationwide. (PNA)