Illiterate tanod from slums wins P356-M grand lotto prize

An illiterate barangay tanod who sidelines as a carpenter became a millionaire overnight when he won the P356.5-M Grand Lotto prize yesterday, June 3, reports ABS-CBN News.


The 60-year-old winner, unnamed for security reasons, hails from the slums of Las Pinas and has six children. An aide from the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO), who handles the lottery, also revealed that the winner had recently received financial aid.


PCSO general manager Jose Ferdinand Rojas II said that winner sought the agency's help last month and got P30,000 in medical assistance for his daughter's hospitalization, according to an Inquirer report. Neither the winner nor any of his six children finished school.


With his winnings, the winner intends to build a house, start a business and share his blessings with his family members in Bicol. In the Inquirer report, PCSO media officer Joseph Muego even heard him say, "Now, I don't even know how to count my blessings."


The winning lottery combination was 5-9-19-26-30-45. The PCSO aide said that the tanod had beat odds in one in 29 million.


For more on this story, log on to ABS-CBN News and the Philippine Daily Inquirer.

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