By Christopher Lloyd Caliwan

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MANILA – The start of the new year spelled good fortune for three bettors from Laguna, Bulacan and Metro Manila who would split the PHP108 million jackpot from Tuesday night’s Lotto 6/42 draw.

In an advisory Wednesday, the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) said the winning combination 04-22-07-10-29-14 carried a total jackpot prize of PHP108,072,834.

The three tickets were bought on JP Rizal St., Pila, Laguna; Pineda St., San Miguel, Bulacan; and Yangco St. Tondo, Manila.

Winners have one year from the date of the draw to claim the prize, as specified in Republic Act 1169, the law on PCSO lotteries.

All jackpot prizes must be claimed at the PCSO main office on Shaw Boulevard, Mandaluyong City. Lotto winnings of more than PHP10,000 are subject to 20 percent tax under the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion law.

Meanwhile, 173 other bettors won PHP24,000 each for guessing five out of the six winning numbers; 5,784 bettors will get PHP800 each for four correct digits; and 69,003 will settle for PHP20 each for three correct digits.

The 6/42 Lotto is drawn every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.

PCSO general manager Melquiades Robles urged the public to support the agency’s gaming products to raise additional revenue for health initiatives, medical services, and other national charities.

Through its mandatory contributions, the PCSO not only helps individuals in need of medical assistance but also provides funds to government institutions. (PNA)