Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Yes. In Philippines you will stay anonymous if you win. This way no news agency and no 3rd party people will know about your win. To remain anonymous keep the news about your winning the lottery only to your family and closest friends.
To claim your sweepstake winning ticket you must bring it to the PCSO Main Office together with your two valid IDs. You will get a check, which is cashable at Philippine National Bank.
Prizes lower than P10,000 can be claimed at any official Lotto Outlet. Prices above P10,00 and below P300,000 can be claimed in local PCSO branch office. For more information check - how to claim prize tutorial.
If you are above 18 years old, and you are a foreigner - you can play lottery games in Philippines the same way local people do.
No. In Philippines you can't play lottery online. Purchasing PCSO lottery tickets online is illegal.
PCSO Lotto numbers are selected every night during the live draw. Tv presenters conduct the lottery draw. Numbers are selected by special machines filled with small balls with printed numbers. For example Ultra Lotto has 58 balls within the draw machine, and only 6 are selected using pressurised air.
Easiest lottery to win is Lotto 6/42. The odds of winning is 1 in 5,245,786. Hardest lottery to win is Ultra Lotto 6/58, the odds are 1 in 40,475,358.
Yes, some lotto outlets in Philippines are open on Sunday. Very often open outlets are located in big shopping malls in big cities.
Gambling is generally taxable in Philippines. It depends on how big is the prize, low prizes are not taxable. However, lottery winnings above P10,000 or more are subject to 20% tax.
Yes, all lottery numbers are random. This is because the draws are conducted in physical machines, and the results are hard to determine.
Yes, lottery numbers can repeat, because it is a normal behavior of random lottery system. Some numbers will be drawn more and some less. We call them Hot and Cold numbers.
Not really, it is very hard to cheat the lottery system that is based on physical draws. However, the digital draws in USA were rigged once (it happenned in Hot Lotto game).