TOMORROW, the nation will mark the 153rd birth anniversary of one of our national heroes, Dr. Jose Rizal. One of the popular stories about him is about winning a lottery during his exile in Dapitan in 1892. Today, our lottery is under the auspices of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) since March 1995, the mid-point of the presidency of Fidel V. Ramos. Currently, the Lotto Draw provides nine games not eight, as in the entry of Wikipedia due to the omission and lack of recognition of Bingo Milyonaryo, which in this blog will discuss later.
To join in the Lotto loco, you must be 18 or older. After trooping on to the nearest lotto outlet, get a paper card of your chosen lotto game, mark a vertical line of chosen numbers, fall in line, wait for the card to be scanned so that the ticket can be printed, pay and wait for the draw at 9:00 p.m. on PTV 4. Simple as that, right?
Wait, before we untangle the points, let us discuss the Bingo Milyonaryo Game and its statistics of winning.
Getting to know Bingo Milyonaryo
A lot of you would say this: The Bingo Milyonaryo is an unheard-of and an unpopular game. This statement is painstakingly the truth because the masa are kabisado (familiar) when it comes to cardboard-paper-based lotto games. Thus, the games results are never published in any newspaper except the Philippine Daily Inquirer.
Bingo Milyonaryo is drawn since May 30, 2013 and the game works only through an app, LottoCell, with Globe GCash. The bet cost PHP 5. How it is played? The BM is five-games-in-one game, ranging from Bingo 3, 4, 5, 6 and Bingo 2. The draw involves of six blowing machines (known in PCSO as “Mega Gems”) and depending on what game you played within a game, if you get the numbers in “exact order,” you get a corresponding prize.
Did you know that the odds of winning Bingo 6 is 15,210,000 to 1, which is more difficult to win than Lotto 6/42 (5,245,786 to 1), Mega Lotto 6/45 (8,145,060 to 1) and Super Lotto 6/49 (13,983,816 to 1) games?
5 FACTS PCSO DON’T WANT YOU TO KNOW
Now that we untangled the Bingo Milyonaryo’s game-play complexity, the blog will now point the facts and flaws they don’t want you to know.
1. About 30% of what you bet will go to charity. This percentage is based according to the Section 6, subsection B of Republic Act 1169 where our national lottery is used for the sake of charity.
2. The Lotto Draw airs 359 days a year (360 for a leap year). There are six days where Lotto Draws aren’t played, sold and drawn: New Year’s Day (January 1), Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Black Saturday, Easter Sunday and Christmas Day (December 25). Two days of the remaining Lotto Draws are drawn at an earlier time, at 2:30 p.m., on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve (December 24 and 31) due to PCSO employees’ convenience to celebrate the holiday season.
3. Our major Lotto jackpot prizes are more exact in figure than the UK’s National Lottery. This is the most meticulous and distinguish feature, the estimated jackpot prize of major lotto draws are shown days before the draw giving an impression of PCSO patrons. Sometimes, the numbers may be up or down depending on the sale until the 9:00 habit comes. The host of the draw gets an actual figure, including 20-centavo increments, on major lotto games before the combinations.
4. The major lotto draws do not sort their combinations in major draws in ascending order. The announcer would announced the numbers as it was drawn by the machine “which can come in any order” but we know better.
Compare the major number lotto draw of the United Kingdom.
Why do they have to sort it in ascending order after six numbers are achieved since inception in November 1994? This protocol has to be done because the tickets are printed in the said order (i.e. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5…). Sorting the numbers in the ascending order will not affect the result and will lessen the confusion of finding the numbers. Pray tell, but what if our children would count to 50 like this 1, 45, 32, 8, 17… weird for a parent, isn’t it?
The following day on the newspapers, (tabloids and broadsheets) published the results as it was drawn (labeled as “in any order”) including the major draws but CHEERS to the Philippine Daily Inquirer and the Manila Times for sorting the major lotto games in counting order for the sake of flow and continuity.
5. The excitement of daily Lotto Draws is anti-climatic. Originally, our lotto draws begin from the games with the easiest chances of winning to the difficult. Due to the investment of PCSO’s Main Data Center where the major lotto draws’ winner is found in a matter of minutes and announced if there is a winner or none before the end of the daily ritual on TV, the draws begin the opposite way (i.e. from major number down to minor digit games.)
If you win in your chosen Lotto draws, please invest carefully on your winnings like our late national hero did and not the likes of Pepito Manaloto.
One final note: If our own PCSO would’ve learned from the United Kingdom’s National Lottery, then the service of State lottery would make the Lotto fever efficient, effective and better.
Quote for the day:
“Each one writes history according to his convenience.”
~Dr. Jose Rizal (1861-1896)
Happy birthday, Kuya Pepe!
[Photo courtesy of Manila Bulletin and Wikimedia Commons, YouTube video courtesy of the National Lottery (UK), Infographics created by Author-Admin and References from PCSO, Wikipedia and Quinto Philosophy]