House resolution filed to probe PCSO lotto draw with 433 jackpot winners

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 4) — A resolution seeking to investigate the recent Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) lotto results with 433 winners has been filed in the House of Representatives, citing the need to "protect and ensure the integrity" of the draw.

House Minority Leader and 4Ps Party-list Rep. Marcelino “Nonoy” Libanan on Tuesday filed House Resolution No. 463, enabling the inquiry into the 6/55 lotto draw conducted by the state-run PCSO on Oct. 1.

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“There is an urgent need for Congress to protect and ensure the integrity of the PCSO’s lotto operations considering their contributions to government coffers and to the economy,” Libanan cited in the resolution.

According to Libanan, lotto proceedings also help finance public health programs, as well as medical assistance and services to indigents, among other charities.

“We also have to safeguard the hopes and dreams of millions of Filipinos that patronize the lotto draws every day,” Libanan said in the resolution.

OCTA Research fellow and mathematician Guido David earlier said the draw was highly unusual, with the probability of having more than 400 winners in the 6/55 lottery is about one out of a number "followed by more than one thousand zeros." 

The PCSO defended the results, saying the event was a “natural occurrence” and that it is normal for many players to bet on the same set of “lucky” numbers.

The agency also said interviews of those who won should be enough to convince critics there was nothing anomalous about the draw.