State-run Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) saw higher sales in the first two months of 2018.
In a statement, the PCSO said sales in January to Februay reached P5.384 billion, up 2.81 percent from the P5.337 billion recorded in the same period last year.
“Of all number games, Ultra Lotto 6/58 had the highest reported sales at P861,377,840 with 83.91 percent increase; followed by Super Lotto at P454,712,080 sales with 25.78 percent increase in two months,” PCSO general manager Alexander Balutan said.
Grand Lotto also increased by 2.92 percent to P401.67 million sales. Meanwhile, Lotto 6/42 and Mega Lotto posted P388.66 million and P428.7 million sales in the period.
“All our funds come from gaming. We rely on the betting public to raise our revenues by playing more lottery games, especially STL (Small Town Lottery). We don’t have appropriations from the government. That’s why we are urging the local government units/offices to support STL. We can only give what we have,” Balutan said.
Under the PCSO Charter or Republic Act No. 1169, the agency needs to provide and raise funds for the government’s health programs, medical assistance and services, and charities of national character. The PCSO said it was able to deliver this order through its games, such as Lotto, Keno, STL, and Sweepstakes.
“Our STL continues to raise more funds for President Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s free medicines and financial assistance to medical patients in the country, amid the vilification campaign being waged in the media by vested-interest individuals to destroy the lottery game in particular and PCSO in general,” Balutan said.