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One of 433 jackpot winners says he bet on combination for 10 years, another tells of disappointment

Some of the 433 winners of the Grand Lotto 6/55 jackpot on Saturday waited for their turn to get checks for their share of the over P236-million prize at the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office on  Monday.

According to Maki Pulido's report on "24 Oras", one of the winning bettors had been betting on the 09-18-27-36-45-54 combination for already ten years.

"Ay, natulala kami lahat, ma'am," Ros said of the time his family learned that the combination had hit the jackpot. "Imposible talaga 'yang number na 'yan, e. Precise talaga."

(We were shocked. That number was really impossible. It's really precise.)

Alfredo, on the other hand, had been playing lotto since the ‘90s.

“'Kala ko nga kahapon, eh. Muntik na akong himatayin, eh. Kasi nakita ko anim lumabas lahat. Ay, noong sabihin ng teller, nanghinayang ako. Okay na rin kesa wala,” he said.

(I thought I won bog. I almost fainted yesterday when I saw the six numbers but when the teller said [433 won], I was disappointed. But it’s okay. It's better than nothing.)

The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PSCO) announced that 433 bettors got the winning combination of 09-45-36-27-18-54 for the 6/55 lottery.

They will share the P236,091,188.40 jackpot and will each receive P436,196.19 after tax.

PCSO General Manager Mel Robles said it was the first time the agency recorded many winners at once.

Robles indicated that many bettors had been betting the same number combination for a good period of time.

He said their locations were also far from each other.

The record showed 152 winners came from Metro Manila. It was followed by Rizal and Laguna.

“This is a game of chance, eh. In the world of chance, there's no logic. The only Science here is your odds,” Robles said.

PCSO said the lotto results were transparent, saying the draw was televised and was under the supervision of an auditor.

While the chance of having that many winners was one in one followed by 1,200 zeroes, UP Professor Guido David said it was still not “impossible”.

“You know, the chances of this happening, hindi lang lifetime eh, hindi lang blue moon eh, parang talaga… Wala man siya once sa buong history ng universe,” David said.

(The chances of this happening are not only once in a lifetime or once in a blue moon… It seems that it would not even happen one in the entire history of the universe.)

David’s remarks were echoed by mathematician and UP Professor Jomar Rabajante.

“Posible talagang maraming tao. Nagkataon na talagang ‘yun ‘yung inaalagaan nila o ‘yun ‘yung pinipili nila kasi Lucky Nine tapos nagkataon, sinuwerte lang talaga na ‘yun ‘yung lumabas na kombinasyon,” Rabajante said.

(It is possible that many bettors were loyal to the number because of the Lucky Nine and then they got lucky.) —Sundy Locus/NB, GMA News

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