Thursday, December 09, 2010

Grandma fails to claim $17-M lottery prize

dzMM reported that an 82-year-old grandmother tried to claim the PhP741,176,323.20 (US$16,970,264.98) Grand Lotto jackpot prize at the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) in Pasay City on Tuesday.
However, the PCSO refused to issue the check to the old woman because she could not produce the winning ticket with the combination numbers bearing 11-16-42-47-31-37.
The unnamed woman said that the winning ticket is in the possession of her grandchild who went in to hiding.
According to the old woman, she told her grandchild to place a five-set bet for the Grand Lotto draw on 28 November.
She added that her grandchild returned to her with four sets of tickets with the bets she made.
She stressed that the winning ticket is with her grandchild.
The PCSO said that even if the old woman's claims were true, they cannot release without the winning ticket.
The sole winner was the biggest in the history of Philippine lottery. The ticket was bought in an outlet in Olongapo City, in the island of Luzon, northern Philippines.
The prize is free of tax and will be given as a single check.
Failure to claim the prize in a year's time, the prize will be diverted to charities.
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