Bettors line up for chance at ₱1-billion lotto jackpot

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 8) — Lotto fever has gripped the country.

A billion pesos at stake in the next draw of the Ultralotto 6/58, and almost everyone in the country is placing a bet, hoping to be the one to strike it rich in Tuesday's draw.

The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) posted the estimated pot on its Facebook page Monday with the caption, "Sa buhay SIPAG at TIYAGA ang kailangan para umasenso. Paano kung sinamahan pa ng swerte ang sipag at tiyaga mo katulad na lang kung maiuuwi mo ang 1 BILLION na jackpot prize ng ULTRALOTTO 6/58 bukas October 9, 2018? Estimated pa lang po yan."

[Translation: In life, you need to work hard and be patient to succeed. What if luck was on your side as well and you get to bring home the 1 billion jackpot prize from the Ultralotto 6/58 tomorrow? That's just the estimated prize.]


"Good luck," the post also said.

This is the biggest lotto jackpot in the Philippines. In 2010, a ₱741-million pot was up for grabs. The only winner was from Zambales.

The Ultralotto is drawn three days a week – Tuesday, Friday, and Sunday – and offers the biggest initial jackpot of P50 ₱million.

Each bet costs ₱24.

There are also payouts depending on the number of winning numbers placed by a bettor. If he or she gets three out of six winning numbers, a bettor wins ₱20.

Payouts are also given to bettors who get four or five out of the six-number winning combination, and the amounts are based on a pari-mutuel system.

The PCSO explains the prize payouts as "determined based on the total sales generated and the number of winners on the particular draw. Second and third prizes may vary and may be lower than the published prize amount."

CNN Philippines asked netizens what they would do if they won the jackpot prize, and here are some of the answers: