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Lotto jackpot winner keeps it a secret for 10 months

Aug 30, 2019 - 3:08 PM

A Vietnamese refugee who bet on the same numbers in the Canada lottery for 36 years, finally wins the jackpot, but tells no one about it until he claims his winnings 10 months later

Duterte lifts ban on small town lottery but with conditions

Aug 22, 2019 - 10:05 PM

The President's order will be effective once the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office releases the new implementing rules and regulations of small town lottery

STL BAN TO BE LIFTED. A huge streamer of presidents order is seen outside of the PCSO Main Office at Saw Bldg. in Mandaluyong City on Monday. Justice Secretary Menardo Gueverra said the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) will look into the alleged irregularities in the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO), after President Rodrigo Duterte's verbal order late Friday evening. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Duterte gets back at Gordon over ex-military appointees: ‘Mind your big belly’

Aug 01, 2019 - 10:22 PM

‘Why do you criticize me? It's my prerogative. It is not prohibited by law,’ President Rodrigo Duterte tells Senator Richard Gordon

PREROGATIVE. In this file photo, President Rodrigo Duterte salutes the reception party upon his arrival at the Jolo Airport before heading to Camp Bud Datu in Indanan, Sulu on July 15, 2019. Malacañang photo

PCSO is missing P6B from STLs, and Supreme Court may step in

Jul 31, 2019 - 4:58 PM

A 2018 PCSO audit report says 57 STL agents and 45 authorized agent corporations did not remit revenues to the agency for 2017 and 2018, resulting in shortfalls

SHUT DOWN. Members of the Philippine National Police, including NCR top cop Guillermo Eleazar (right most) immediately close PCSO establishments following President Duterte's order. NCRPO photo

COA flags PCSO for waiving P1.43-B claim from small town lottery operators

Jul 11, 2019 - 1:45 PM

'The Board of Directors of the PCSO has no authority to condone or waive valid claims by the PCSO,' says the Commission on Audit

NBA draft lottery: Pelicans land No. 1 overall pick

May 15, 2019 - 9:54 AM

The Pelicans get a shot at picking Duke University superstar Zion Williamson in the June 20 league draft

FRESHMAN SENSATION. Duke University star Zion Williamson is widely predicted to be picked first in the NBA Draft. Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images/AFP

One winner in record $1.6 billion US lotto jackpot

Oct 24, 2018 - 6:11 PM

A single ticket holder from South Carolina wins the mind-blowing $1.6 billion Mega Millions lottery jackpot

MIND-BLOWING. Mega Millions lottery tickets sit inside a convenience store in Lower Manhattan, October 23, 2018 in New York City. Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP

Supreme Court: PCSO free to bid out online lottery

Oct 03, 2018 - 3:07 PM

The High Court junks the claim of of a private gaming company that it has exclusive contractual rights over the government project

ONLINE LOTTERY. The Supreme Court grants the PCSO's petition to bid out its nationwide online lottery system.

LOOK: Who wore his lucky undies in the 2018 NBA Draft Lottery?

May 16, 2018 - 12:41 PM

Check out the order and reactions during the lottery in Chicago

LUCKY CHARM. Phoenix rookie Josh Jackson, who represented the Suns in the NBA Draft Lottery, brings good fortune to the squad. Photo by

Senate to invite Bong Pineda to probe into small town lottery anomalies

Feb 12, 2018 - 6:55 PM

'It only shows na totoo nga na si Bong Pineda nag-ooperate sa Camarines Sur. Not only there but in areas na nakalista,' says Senator Panfilo Lacson

Senate Hearing PCSO on February 12. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Duterte says he tapped Atong Ang to help PCSO

Jan 24, 2018 - 9:38 PM

The President backs up the gaming tycoon's claim that he was asked to help the PCSO combat illegal gambling

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers a speech during the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) 2018 Kick Off: Game On! All in For National Building at the Manila Hotel in Manila on January 11, 2018. TOTO LOZANO

NBA reforms draft lottery to discourage tanking

Sep 29, 2017 - 1:05 PM

NBA commissioner Adam Silver was also given the power to slap teams with a hefty fine for sitting healthy players.

CHANGING THE ODDS. The Philadelphia 76ers have rebuilt through the draft lottery. Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images/AFP

Celtics get top draft pick, Lakers second

May 17, 2017 - 4:46 PM

The Celtics earn the top spot in the draft lottery 4 years after their decision to trade Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett to the Brooklyn Nets in a blockbuster deal that enabled multiple first round picks to go to Boston

TOP PICK. The Boston Celtics get to pick first in the NBA Draft this year. Photo by Elsa/Getty Images/AFP

Aguirre asks BIR to probe Atong Ang for 'possible' tax evasion

May 03, 2017 - 10:11 AM

UPDATED Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II makes the request after he ordered an investigation into the gaming tycoon s allegations against him and National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr

Aguirre orders NBI: Probe Atong Ang's allegations against me

May 02, 2017 - 6:09 PM

Department Order 267 directs the NBI to conduct investigation and case build up over the accusations of the gaming tycoon against the justice chief and National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr

CROSSING PATHS. Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II cross paths once again with gambling operator Charlie "Atong" Ang in the issue of illegal gambling.

Alvarez to PCSO: Stop small town lottery or face Ombudsman complaint

Feb 13, 2017 - 6:00 PM

Alam nyo wag na tayong magbolahan Naghahanap lang kayo ng justification para sa jueteng Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez tells the chairperson of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office during a House probe

NO TO STL. Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez (middle) takes to House games and amusement panel chairperson Gus Tambunting (right) during the committee's probe into illegal gambling on February 13. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Gov't shortchanged? PCSO imposes up to P300M monthly bond on STL operators

Jan 17, 2017 - 3:31 PM

The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office starts collecting bonds February 1

Gov't to look into small town lottery operations

Jan 15, 2017 - 8:10 PM

Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II says President Rodrigo Duterte ordered an investigation because billions of pesos are lost due to these operations

What's it like to win Spain's bountiful Christmas lottery?

Dec 18, 2016 - 8:31 PM

Unlike other big lotteries that generate just a few big winners Spain s Christmas lottery aims to share the wealth with thousands of numbers getting a prize

People queue to buy Christmas lottery outside the popular lottery outlet 'Dona Manolita' on December 14, 2016 in central Madrid. Surprisingly, in 2014, almost 80% of the Spanish Christmas lottery's "El Gordo" prize was sold in the Madrid neighborhood of Almagro, where at present a good part of the lucky ones continues in the same work. The older ones advanced retirement, some opened a new business, and a boy, addicted to the soccer pools, bet everything and lost. / AFP PHOTO / JAVIER SORIANO

PhilWeb plans to revive mobile lotto gaming

Aug 24, 2016 - 8:10 PM

After not renewing PhilWeb s online gaming license PAGCOR will look into the firm s mobile lottery proposal and review its terms

FIGHT VS ONLINE GAMING. The fight against online gaming comes after President Duterte publicly named Ongpin (L) as one of the oligarchs he wants to destroy. Domingo's photo (R) from PAGCOR website

Pagcor says proposal to merge with PCSO ‘difficult’

Aug 23, 2016 - 10:29 PM

A congressman points out during the budget briefing that the PCSO s main source of revenue is gaming which is under the jurisdiction of Pagcor

MERGER? Both PAGCOR and the PCSO generate funds for the Philippine government through the gaming industry. File photo of casino by Rappler

PCSO mulls small town lottery expansion to boost funds

Aug 23, 2016 - 2:27 PM

There is an acceptable fact that gambling is a way of life ‘Di natin maaalis ito so pagkakitaan na lang says Quezon Representative Danilo Suarez who has proposed the expanded implementation of the Small Town Lottery

MONEY TALK. PSCO vice chairperson and general manager Jose Ferdinand Rojas II (2nd from right) faces the House Committee on Appropriations on August 23. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Lawmaker wants DSWD to use unclaimed lotto prizes

Aug 06, 2016 - 1:38 PM

At present unclaimed lotto prizes go to the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office PCSO charity fund providing medical assistance to poor patients

BETTER USE OF FUNDS? A version of HB Number 5257 was first filed in December 2014, but it was not passed into law.

Did Mutombo know the NBA Draft Lottery results before it happened?

May 18, 2016 - 11:21 AM

Philadelphia won the top pick for the 2016 NBA Draft something one of the team s former big men seemed to know beforehand

76ers handed number 1 NBA draft pick

May 18, 2016 - 11:04 AM

The 76ers get a vital boost as they attempt to rebuild after yet another disastrous season

3 winners hit $1.6B US lottery jackpot

Jan 14, 2016 - 12:53 PM

UPDATED Lottery fever grips the country with people frantically checking their 2 slips to see if they had won the world record lottery

RECORD JACKPOT. A sign showing the jackpot for the multi-state Powerball lottery jackpot in Brooklyn, New York, USA, January 13, 2016. Andrew Gombert/EPA

Filipino maid in Singapore accused of stealing winning lottery ticket

Aug 16, 2015 - 11:58 AM

The domestic helper only identified as 44 year old Len says police haven t told her who is accusing her of stealing the ticket

Winners and losers of the NBA Draft Lottery

May 21, 2015 - 1:50 PM

A season of hoping and in some cases tanking came down to one lottery drawing as teams hoped to get in position to land a prized rookie

LOTTERY PRIZE. Jahlil Okafor of the NCAA champion Duke Blue Devils is one of the top two prizes that NBA lottery teams were hoping to land. Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images/AFP

Timberwolves snag first overall NBA draft pick, Lakers second

May 20, 2015 - 9:57 AM

Timberwolves get number one Lakers number two and the 76ers get to pick third in the upcoming 2015 NBA Draft

The Minnesota Timberwolves will have the first overall pick at the 2015 NBA Draft. Photo from Minnesota Timberwolves' Official Twitter account

Spain's 'Fat One' lottery pays out EU 2.2. billion

Dec 22, 2014 - 10:07 PM

Unlike other big lotteries that generate just a few big winners Spain s Christmas lottery aims to share the wealth with thousands of numbers getting a prize

People queue outside the famous lottery office Dona Manolita to buy a "Fat One" (el Gordo), a special ticket in the Christmas national lottery, in the centre of Madrid on December 16, 2014.AFP PHOTO / DANI POZO

Why the proposal for NBA Lottery reform was turned down

Oct 29, 2014 - 11:52 AM

Many expected the league to adapt new regulations to the draft lottery to discourage tanking Read why it didn t pass and what it means for the NBA

LOTTERY TICKET. Andrew Wiggins (R) was selected number one overall by the Cleveland Cavaliers despite the team having low odds of winning the top pick. File photo by Jason Szenes/EPA

Tankers beware, NBA Draft lottery changes are coming

Oct 06, 2014 - 4:43 PM

Changes to the way the NBA Draft Lottery is handled will discourage teams from tanking or losing purposely to gain higher draft picks

University of Kansas star Joel Embiid was the Philadelphia 76ers' reward for another season of bad losses. Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images/AFP

Commissioner Salud says draft lottery was an 'honest draw'

Jul 04, 2014 - 3:50 PM

It may have appeared unrefined but it was an honest draw

HONEST DRAW. PBA Commissioner Chito Salud apologizes for the 'crude' draft lottery but insists it's an honest process. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Guiao asks for investigation on 'suspicious' PBA Draft lottery

Jul 04, 2014 - 7:00 AM

Guiao on PBA Draft lottery: We thought it was just crude it was lacking in credibility

SUSPICIOUS. Rain or Shine head coach Yeng Guiao (L) seen here standing next to import Arizona Reid (R) says the team will ask for the PBA lottery draw to be investigated. Photo by Nuki Sabio/PBA Images

WebHits: A homeless man's reaction to a prank gets him a home

May 13, 2014 - 8:00 AM

How many surprises can a man take? Watch the homeless Eric

$590 million lottery jackpot won

May 19, 2013 - 8:37 PM

A lucky ticket holder wins a record breaking 590 million jackpot

JACKPOT. Someone is US$590 million richer. Photo from the 'PowerBall Lottery Results' Facebook page

US holds what could be last Green Card lottery

May 02, 2013 - 7:33 AM

Around 100 000 people were chosen from several million Wednesday to get a head start on a US Green Card in what could be the last such annual lottery

PGMC asks Aquino to intervene in PCSO lotto row

Apr 02, 2013 - 7:06 PM

Philippine Gaming Management Corporation PGMC plans to appeal to President Aquino regarding the cases it has with the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office PCSO

APPEALING TO THE PRESIDENT. Philippine Gaming Management Corporation (PGMC) plans to appeal to President Aquino regarding its case with PCSO. Photo by Rappler/Lean Santos

Two winners in massive $550-M US lottery jackpot

Nov 29, 2012 - 3:32 PM

The Powerball website said players in Arizona and Missouri had the winning numbers without providing further information It was not yet clear if anyone had come forth to claim the prize

A sign outside the One Stop Mart shows the winning amounts for lottery games including the $550 million for the Powerball jackpot on November 28, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. A single Powerball winner would get a lump sum payment of about $360.2 million before taxes. Scott Olson/Getty Images/AFP

UK ticket-holder wins record 190 million euro lottery

Aug 11, 2012 - 8:09 AM

It beats a 185 million euro jackpot scooped by a Scottish couple in July 2011

Who's the 13th lucky Grand Lotto winner?

Feb 10, 2012 - 9:09 AM

Big payday awaits next Grand Lotto 6 55 winner: PCSO pegs jackpot to breach P264 M by Saturday