PCSO is the name for the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office, that is organising lottery games in Philippines. It is a government - owned and government controlled corporation. It is is the principal government agency for raising and providing funds for health programs, medical assistance and services.
Little about lotteries history
We - the active lottery players can help other people indirectly. However, do you ever wondered how much exactly money goes to the charity from the PCSO "wallet"? What's interesting lottery holder in the Philippines gives money to different causes instead one. And very often in, for example in European countries money from lotto or sport stakes goes only for sport or only for health care.
First lotteries hundreds years ago, were made only to raise funds for building new streets or for more sofisticated needs. What's more in some of the lotteries, only well known people could take part. There was no place for pour people to bet. The cost of the ticket was outragesly high. It was rather for rich people to show their support for the king or to simply to show off. Sometimes to promote their own bussiness. Winnings? Not important, and not very high, indeed.
PCSO sales report 2015
There is a company or rather organisation, called World Lotterry Association. It gathers all possible data from lotto organising entities around the world. This way we found some data about the sales from 2015 and 2014. Still waiting for 2016 year data, which probably will be contained in the next WLA "compedium".
Taking everything into account what we know is that in 2015 sales from draw-based games were equal to 37,407,494,347 PHP. It's more by 15% than year before! This amount in USD is 822,091,421$. Let's compare this amount with other countries. Considering our lottery spends, we are placed between Malaysia with 826,383,698$ and Canada with 815,475,244$.
The money that in some way went back to people is about 40% of all sales. Total in PHP is 15,399,943,452. Majority went to "other good causes" and it was 11,445,490,985. The smallest amount went for social activities and sport - respectively 35 and 60 million PHP. 388,212,162 PHP for education and 204,688,430 for culture.
Other PCSO data
At the end some other facts. PCSO is public entity established in 1935. Nowadays it has 1,111full-time employees. There are 11,070 points of lotto sale in the Philippines.