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PCSO eyes mobile, text betting to boost 2019 sales up to 70%
Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) General Manager Alexander
Balutan revealed on Wednesday that the agency is eyeing online, mobile or
text betting to boost the 2019 sales up to 70 percent.
“Meron na kaming nakasalang for approval and testing this year para makita
natin ang new market. Eto kasing dati nating games, kilala na ito ng ating
mga mananaya. Titignan natin ‘yung possibility ng mga bagong game proposals
at iba pang sistema ng gaming. Also ‘yung computerization or online na
pwede nating i-access sa ating mga cellular phones, i-o-offer na din para
pwede ng tumaya online,” said Balutan.
Balutan hinted that the agency’s revenues might hit plateau this year due
to the roll-out of Small Town Lottery (STL) and Lotto nationwide.
“Baka naisagad na natin. Baka this year, hindi na gaanong tataas.
Ma-maintain lang natin ‘yung P63.55 billion o umangat lang ng konti eh
matindi na ‘yun. There is no possibility na ma-i-angat pa natin ang
kakayahan natin. Kakalap pa tayo ng pondo through our gaming,” said Balutan.
According to Roger Ramirez, manager of Product and Standard Development
Department (PSDD), there are currently 16 game proposals for evaluation by
the Technical Working Group (TWG) on Gaming.
However, majority of these games have been found out to be lacking in
certain requirements, some of them are yet to comply with the requirements,
and some have been virtually denied.
“The gaming sector should re-consider and review the games because the
lifeblood of PCSO is actually in the introduction of new games, considering
the fact that in the past eight years, the sales of Lotto has actually
plateaued,” said Ramirez.
Ramirez thinks it is necessary for PCSO to really come up with new and
exciting games that will generate more income. A combination of online and
offline, but mostly online.
“There is a marching order from the Board – from the GM himself – to
expedite the processing of these games with the end in view of coming up
with recommendations to the Board for the adoption of certain games. Every
year, there should be at least one new game to be launched,” Ramirez added.
*Mobile, text betting*
Ramirez revealed that PCSO’s market penetration is only at 12 percent, that
is why the top management should look into the immediate adoption of the
mobile text betting whereby people can place their bets to all games online.
“’Di ba nung nag-P1 billion ang jackpot prize sa Ultra Lotto 6/58 ang
haba-haba ng pila? Can you just imagine if you can place your bets on your
phones in the confines of your homes, offices, or anywhere without having
to go Lotto outlets? With mobile and text betting system, I guarantee the
market penetration rate will go as high up to 70 percent. I think it’s
going to push our market penetration rate to the skies. It’s the fastest,
most significant way to actually increase the sales,” he said.
Alongside with mobile or text betting, Ramirez said the agency will also
look into the registration of SIM cards to secure the bets and safety
measures for minors.
“Most likely, dapat, within the first semester – January to June may new
game na tayo. Minamadali na ito ng Board. Siguro within the next couple of
months – mga April or May meron ng ng ilo-launch,” he added.
*Factors to consider*
When evaluating game proposals, the TWG looks into the financial, legal,
and technical aspects. Legal aspect is about the legality of the game –
whether or not the game is legally permissible under the PCSO Charter –
because not all games are covered by or within the jurisdiction of PCSO.
“We are limited to lotteries. Some games belong to PAGCOR (Philippine
Amusement and Gaming Corporation),” clarified Ramirez.
The legal aspect also tackles the mode of procurement whether or not the
game proposals shall go through the bidding process, direct contracting, or
other modes of procurement.
Financial aspect is where the Accounting and Treasury departments look into
the revenue allocation of the proposal. It should conform to the existing
revenue allocation of current PCSO games.
According to Ramirez, PCSO follows a certain formula on revenue allocation.
While the proponents propose their own formula during the proposal, they
have to agree with PCSO in consideration of the TRAIN law or prize fund tax
during the negotiations and discussions.
“Sometimes, these proponents are not aware of how we [PCSO] actually
allocate. Whenever they do come [and give their proposals], PCSO gives them
the revenue allocation to study and find out if it will match their
proposal,” he added.
When submitting proposals, proponents should furnish all the legal,
technical, and financial requirements/documents in 15 copies. PCSO then is
given 10 working days to evaluate each proposal within which all concerned
line departments have to evaluate the proposals.
Should there be some need for clarifications, the line departments will
request the PSDD to convene and clarify issues. All proposals are welcome
all year-round. It usually comes unsolicited.
After 10 working days, line departments are expected to come up with an
evaluation report. If there’s some clarification needed, the PSDD will call
the proponent for a clarificatory conference.
Likewise, if there are insufficient or incomplete documents such as
Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) registration or financial
statements, the proponent will be asked to complete them. Proposals should
also include market feasibility, income projections (how much money are
they earning), and product acceptability, among many others.
Upon completion of documents, the line departments will be given another
five working days to complete their evaluation. PSDD then will collate and
gather all evaluations and will make a consolidated report, and submit them
to the AGM for Gaming and to the GM with a recommendation if it’s regrets
or okay. The GM will then submit the recommendation to the Board for
discussion and approval.
“Once the game has been approved by the Board, the game is going to be
PCSO’s game. We shall have the full control and supervision of the game and
remittances of earnings. We will take over,” clarified Ramirez.
After the game proposal has been thoroughly studied, evaluated, and
approved by the Board, PCSO and the proponent will enter into a Memorandum
of Agreement (MOA) where it stipulates all the terms, conditions, and
Another Cebuano lotto player bags P63M, 7th lotto millionaire in 10 days
It is indeed a lucky start of the year for our gaming public as another
Lotto millionaire was declared in just a span of 10 days – seventh
millionaire for this year.
“It is a first of its kind in a span of 10 days. Our lucky millionaire
guessed the correct combination of 19-01-25-43-18-39, taking home the
jackpot prize of P63,810,688, in the Mega Lotto 6/45 draw,” announced
Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) General Manager Alexander
Balutan as he described the phenomenon of the agency’s lotto games this
The winning ticket was purchased at PCSO’s Small Time Lottery (STL) outlet
in Gaisano Grand Mall-Talamban, Gov. Cuenco Ave., Sitio Nasipit, Brgy.
Talamban, Cebu City owned by Dara Acusar.
Of the seven jackpot winners, two hit the jackpot prize from the Ultra
Lotto 6/58; two from Lotto 6/42; and one from Super Lotto 6/49 and Grand
Lotto 6/55, and just recently from the Mega Lotto 6/45 draw.
The chances of winning in the lotto draws are one in 5,245,786 for Lotto
6/42; one in 8,145,060 for Mega Lotto 6/45; one in 13,983,816 for Super
Lotto 6/49; one in 28,989,675 for Grand Lotto 6/55; and 1 in 40,475,358 for
Ultra Lotto 6/58.
“We have just given close to half a billion jackpot prizes for seven Lotto
games this January amounting to P490,359,761,” Balutan said.
On Monday, a lone winner took home the P239.2 million for the Grand Lotto
6/55 from the Lotto outlet managed by the Lucky Circle Corporation located
at the Lower Ground Floor of SM City Cebu.
On January 15, another winner took home the Lotto 6/42 jackpot prize of
P48,204,764. The ticket was purchased in a lotto outlet in Sampaloc,
Manila owned by Anthony Young.
On January 18, a winner guessed all six numbers for the jackpot prize of
P49,500,000 of the Ultra Lotto 6/58 draw The ticket was purchased from a
lotto outlet owned by Rebecca Reyes in Novaliches, Quezon City.
On January 19, another lucky winner took home the P5,940,000 jackpot prize
of the Lotto 6/42 draw. Ticket was purchased at Panabo City, Davao del
And on Jan 20, a lucky winner hit the jackpot of the Super Lotto 6/49 with
the jackpot prize amounting to P25,226,907. Ticket was purchased from a
Lotto outlet in SSS Village, Concepcion Dos, Marikina City owned by Juvy