Woman claims syndicate in PCSO took her P14-M lotto prize

Posted at 11/12/10 3:36 PM

MANILA, Philippines - A woman claiming to have won a P14-million lotto jackpot said she was duped by a syndicate at the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO).

The woman from Tarlac province, who requested anonymity, said she immediately went to the PCSO's national office in Quezon City after winning a P14-million 6/45 lotto jackpot last February.

She said a female PCSO employee named Loida Guevarra asked her to sign a special power of attorney and told her to open a bank account, where the lotto prize would be deposited.

The woman said the P14 million did not reach her bank account. She also said that she has confirmed with PCSO that the lotto prize has already been claimed.

Atty. Lauro Patiag, manager of the PCSO's legal department, denied the woman's claim. He said that the real winner of the 6/45 lotto prize was a resident of Metro Manila and not from Tarlac.

"Hindi totoo iyan... May ibang nanalo na taga-Metro Manila," Patiag said.

He, however, said that they will still look into the allegation of the woman. -- Report from Kori Quintos, ABS-CBN Central Luzon