I wrote about this months ago and I cant help but write about this again. As an avid bettor of the Philippine Lotto Games, I have spent several thousands trying to hit even just a tail on the jackpot. The million peso worth of prize money cannot be hit even just a hair on its head. For 12 years straight I have not won a single prize above the 3 digits minimum prize. And that my friend is not pure luck or the absence of it, I am also thinking that it is simply impossible to win.

Not until today, when Senator Raffy Tulfo as reported by Hanna Bordey of GMA Integrated News said that one bettor won 20 times in a month. Here is the exact quote:
Senator Raffy Tulfo on Tuesday disclosed that a bettor’s name appeared to have won the lotto 20 times in one month, citing a list submitted by the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO).

“’Yung PCSO nagbigay ho sa akin ng listahan…Ito nga po ang sabi ko medyo nakakataas ng kilay, meron doon na isang tao nanalo ng 20 times in one month. Meron dun 10 times in one month,” Tulfo said in an interview on Dobol B TV.

The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO), which oversees the lotto games, has recently faced scrutiny due to various incidents that have raised questions about the integrity of the system. Let’s delve into this matter:

A mathematician from the University of the Philippines (UP) Institute of Mathematics, Guido David, highlighted that the chances of winning in different lotto games are indeed rare. For instance:

The odds of winning in the 6/42 game are approximately 1 in 5 million.

In the 6/49 game, it’s about 1 in 14 million.

And for the 6/55 game, it’s roughly 1 in 29 million.

In summary, while statistical probabilities suggest that successive wins are rare, an audit of the PCSO’s processes is crucial to ensure transparency and address any concerns about rigging or anomalies. As the song goes some guys have all the luck, some guys have all the pain!