Lotto winner who won P82 million in 2004 now experiencing financial troubles

24 Oras video: Past lotto winner now claims financial difficulty

Christian Tongol from Pampanga won P82 million in the lottery in 2004, but now he sometimes finds himself short on cash, reports 24 Oras.

After winning big, he was able to buy six houses and three vehicles, embark on several business ventures, give his family property, help out people in need, and fund the construction of a barangay church and basketball court. However, one misfortune after another befell him. Three family members--his father, and wife Gretchen’s father and sibling--were hospitalized for long periods of time before they passed away. Tongol himself was also involved in an accident.

Now, only a house in Pampanga, a motorcycle, and a fishpond are all that’s left of the Tongols’ posessions. Sometimes, their earnings are not enough for their daily needs, they told 24 Oras.

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