By Liza Soriano
MANILA — Senator Koko Pimentel said that the number of winners in lotto of Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) was “strange and unusual.”
Pimentel made the statement after 433 bettors won the P236 million jackpot in PCSO’s Grand lotto.
“Katakataka yung result na yan. Yung 433 ang mananalo, supposed to be ang chances mo diyan is 1 in how many millions. So ibig sabihin, ganun kahirap dapat tamaan yan and then to say na 433 ang tumama, there is something suspicious,” Pimentel said.
“Talagang marami po ang nagtaka, na medyo nagulat because statistically speaking, this is a very rare event. Let us take this opportunity to investigate so that ang purpose natin is to ensure the integrity of our lotto games,” he added.
“We have to look at the entire system of our lotto games. This is a good chance kasi maraming nagtatanong.” he stressed.
Pimentel said he will file a resolution to investigate the matter.
“I will file a resolution, because this is my concern, these lotto games are authorized by the Republic of the Philippines. Therefore, we need to maintain and protect the integrity of these gambling games that we have authorized,” Pimentel said.