Senators Enrile, Sotto, Escudero, House Speaker Belmonte open to limiting lotto jackpot to P500M

Unang Hirit report on limiting the lotto jackpot prize to P500 million

Senators Juan Ponce Enrile, Tito Sotto and Francis Escudero are open to limiting the elusive 6/55 Grand Lotto prize to P500 million, reports GMANews.tv. Earlier this week, the over P630 million jackpot prompted Eastern Samar Rep. Ben Evardone to file a resolution seeking to limit it to half a billion. He also proposed to donate the loot to charity if nobody guesses the winning combination.

In a GMANews.tv report, Enrile said it is "okay" to limit the prize but only after somebody has already won. Sotto said the decision is up to the Philippine Charity Sweepstake Office (PCSO). Escudero likewise said it depends on the PCSO but added that the extra amount should go to charity.

House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte, Jr. also backed Evardone’s resolution, according to ABS-CBNNews.com. Saying a P500 million prize is already "life altering," Belmonte said the excess amount could be used for the next draw.

Meanwhile, some lawmakers opposed Evardone’s proposal. "The more, the merrier," Senate Pro Tempore Jinggoy Estrada told GMANews.tv. "It’s a game of chance. But I hope the poor people win."

Quezon Rep. Danilo Suarez told ABS-CBNNews.com "the higher, the better" because a portion of every lotto ticket bought goes to charity. Zambales Rep. Mitos Magsaysay said, "It’s discriminating to put a limit to the prize. It is a legal game of chance."

For more on this story, log on to GMANews.tv and ABS-CBNNews.com.

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