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Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office
(PCSO)
Address: 3/F PCSO Main Building E. Rodriguez Sr. Ave. P.O. Box 141 1102 Quezon City
Internet: http://www.pcso.gov.ph
E-mail Address: N/A
Phone: +63 2 749 4371
Fax: +63 2 749 1363
Population: 91,077,287 (Est. 2007)
Chairperson:
General Manager:
Hon.Sergio O. Valencia
Rosario C. Uriarte
Year Lottery Founded: 1935
Sales FY 2006: PHP9.6 Billion (Peso)
Number of Employees: N/A
On-line Vendor: Philippine Gaming Management Corp
ILTS
Instant Ticket Vendor: Scientific Games
ITVMs: N/A
Games Offered: Lotto - Passive lotteries
Beneficiaries: PCSO allocates 30% of net receipts to designated charities.
Jurisdiction: Philippines


Background Information

The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) has been described as the government's charity arm. It performs its work with integrity, competence and professionalism. The PCSO was created by President Manuel L. Quezon with his approval of Act 4130 in March 1935 to replace the National Charity Sweepstakes.
In its humanitarian mission, the agency engaged in charitable work with the Philippine Amateur Athletic Federation, the Philippine Tuberculosis Society and the Federation of Women's Clubs among the first beneficiaries.
In September 1979 a new law was approved by the Batasang Pambansa raising the PCSO's charity fund from 25 percent to 30 percent of its net sales and reserving 55 percent for the prize fund and 15 percent for its operating expenses.
Its primary goals are to finance health programs, render medical assistance and services to the disadvantaged sectors of society and perform charitable work. It is also mandated to develop community health care in regional hospitals throughout the country through TB, cancer and dialysis centers.
Faced with mounting health care commitments, the PCSO was allowed to introduce new games, such as lotteries and lotto. This enabled it to expand its services to victims of natural and man-made disasters such as the Pinatubo eruption, the Ormoc disaster and the Ozone fire tragedy.
The PCSO is mandated to perform its mission with a deep sense of accountability and transparency in all its transactions.

In January 1995, a new equipment lease was signed with Malaysia's Berjaya Sports Toto Berhad.


News 2014
November 19, 2014 P3.35 billion worth of Lottery Prizes Accumulated in Unclaimed Monies
October 23, 2014 Call for Minimum Capital for New Casinos to be increased
October 23, 2014 House Panel Considers Lotto Claim
October 20, 2014 Operations to Continue Regardless of Governments Withdrawal of Permit
October 13, 2014 Berjaya Group looks to Extend Lottery Equipment Contract
August 8, 2014 PCSO Report Bingo Milyonaryo Sales Very Disappointing
June 30, 2014 Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office Allocates Funds to Government Units Hosting Lotto Outlets
June 22, 2014 Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office Delivers P100 million to the Commission on Higher Education
May 29, 2014 Player Bags P17.79 Million in 6/42 Lotto Draw
May 28, 2014 Court Rejects Bail Petition in Plunder Case
May 11, 2014 Resignation will have no Impact on Lottery Game Launch
May 1, 2014 PCSO Considers Putting Lotto Online
April 11, 2014 PCSO Player Claims P250-Million Lotto Jackpot
April 2, 2014 Court of Appeals Upholds Thermal Paper Contract
March 27, 2014 Small Town Lottery Agents Demand PCSO Shelve “Bingo Milyonaryo
March 23, 2014 PCSO Grants Issued to Welfare Groups and Programs
March 22, 2014 Wyoming Lottery Looks to Go Live Between June and October
March 24, 2014 PCSO Plans to Expand Its Lotto Outlet Network
March 17, 2014 Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office Introduces New Games
March 5, 2014 Governor Declares ‘Bingo Milyonaryo’ is Legal on the Island
February 17, 2014 PCSO Feeling the Pressure to Add to Its Revenues
January 9, 2014 Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) Expands with More Branches to Roll Out in 2014
January 9, 2014 Lone Player Wins P22.4-Million Lotto Jackpot
December 27, 2013 Government Ordered to File Comment in Lottery Case

News 2013
December 17, 2013 PCSO Launch Fund-Raising Drive
December 5, 2013 Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office in Paper Dispute
November 28, 2013 PCSO Adds P50m to Rehab Campaign
July 20, 2013 Ex-Official Suggests Delays in the implementation of Lottery has Cost P30 billion
July 9, 2013 Lotto Outlets Report Decline in Sales
June 23, 2013 PCSO Emphasizes Extension of Licenses is Subject to President Approval
June 23, 2013 PCSO Small-Town Lottery (STL) Authorized Agent Corporations Licence Extended
June 18, 2013 PCSO Opens More Offices to Service the Health Needs of the Philippines
June 13, 2013 Lottery Sees results on Campaign of Public Trust
May 23, 2013 PCSO to Phase Out STL by June 30
May 23, 2013 Lottery Introduces New Prize Structure for Games
May 15, 2013 Power Outages Impact on Lottery Sales
May 6, 2013 Increase In Ticket Prices
April 20, 2013 Lotto Company Disputes Claims a New Contract was offered without Bidding Process
April 8, 2013 Technology Provider DFNN Seeking Amicable Settlement with State-Owned Lottery
April 4, 2013 Government Backed Lottery Loses Injunction Order on Awarding Wireless Lotto Betting Contract
April 2, 2013 Berjaya to File More Lawsuits Against State-Run Lottery
March 31, 2013 State-Controlled Lottery Organization Seeks Reduced Leasing Terms from Equipment Service Contractors
March 19, 2013 PCSO Posts 14.47 Percent Sales Increase in 2012
March 19, 2013 Online Betting Firm Accused of Operating in Defiance of Regulator's Order
March 19, 2013 Lottery Equipment Supply Contract Awarded Without Being Put-Out to Public Tender
March 7, 2013 Online Sale of Lottery Tickets Not Sanctioned by PCSO
March 6, 2013 Malaysian Firm Urges PCSO to Stop Online Lotto Operations
March 5, 2013 PCSO Validate Expenses and Contradict Media Campaign Alluding to Mismanagement
January 21, 2013 Pacific Online’s Lottery Sales Jump 23% to P11.7b
January 21, 2013 Lotto and Keno Sales Hit a Record P11.7 billion in 2012
January 11, 2013 Authorized Lotto Outlets Protest at Return of Illegal Operators


News 2012
December 19, 2012 Berjaya Locked in Legal Battle with Government Sweepstakes Organization Over Lotto License
December 19, 2012 Gaming Firm Threatens to Sue Government Sweepstakes Office
December 5, 2012 Councillor Questions City’s Share From Lotto Office
November 22, 2012 Small Town Lottery to End Next Year
November 15, 2012 PCSO's Claim That Lotto Contract Isn't Binding is Baseless: PGMC
November 11, 2012 Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office Disputes PGMC Lotto Exclusivity Claim
November 6, 2012 Record Lotto Sales See Pacific Online 2012 Sales Surge to P11 Billion
November 6, 2012 Illegal Lotto Outlets ‘Back in Operation
November 5, 2012 Pampanga’s Sales From Lottery Operations Total P2.4 Billion in 6 Years
October 29, 2012 Former President Refuses Plea on Lottery Graft Charge
October 18, 2012 Malay Conglomerate Suing Lottery Officials
October 16, 2012 Berjaya Gets P1.2B Windfall From Lotto
October 8, 2012 Lottery Systems Provider Reports P8.2 Billion in Lottery Sales for 2012 To Date
September 25, 2012 PCSO Set to Scrap Small Town Lottery
September 23, 2012 PNP Opposes Further Numbers Game Legalization
September 21, 2012 PCSO Chair Blames Former Administration For STL Anomalies
September 18, 2012 PCSO Confirms Small Town Lottery Contracts Good Until June 2013
September 16, 2012 Former Local Government Official Pushes for the Legalization of Illegal Numbers Game
September 15, 2012 PCSO Subject of Fresh Probe Into Integrity of Lotto Games
September 15, 2012 Small-Town Lottery Fails To Displace Illegal Numbers Game
July 31, 2012 PCSO Produces 1,763 ‘Instant Millionaires’
July 24, 2012 Asian Gambling Industry Invests In Philippines
July 24, 2012 Travel Ban Imposed on Former Lottery Executives and Board Members
July 16, 2012 Former President Facing Plunder Charges Involving State Lottery Funds
July 3, 2012 Lottery Supplier Calls on President to Force the PCSO to Honour Its Joint Venture Agreement
June 30, 2012 Lotto Paper Supplier, PCSO Trade Charges
June 21, 2012 Call for PCSO to Disclose Lottery Audit Report
June 16, 2012 Lottery Releases Lotto Outlet Franchise Requirements
June 12, 2012 Lottery Equipment Supplier Threatens to Sue PCSO for Deal Breach
June 3, 2012 Pacific Online Systems Reduces Lotto Equipment Lease Rate to Sweepstakes Office
June 5, 2012 PCSO Forfeits P100-M Unclaimed Lottery Prizes
April 29, 2012 PCSO Conducts 5th Regional Lotto Congress
April 30, 2012 Campaign 'Pay With A Card' Raises Interest in Cashless Payments By Lottery
April 26, 2012 Four Major Online Lottery Games Create 42 Instant Millionaires So Far This Year
March 30, 2012 Interior Secretary Calls for STL Operator's License to be Cancelled
March 26, 2012 PCSO Lottery Rules Upheld
March 13, 2012 PCSO Millionaires' Club Reaches 1,700
February 25, 2012 Lotto Has Produced 1,568 Millionaires During the Last 15 Years
February 22, 2012 CTO Impose Regulatory Fees on PCSO Lottery Outlets
February 20, 2012 Legal Office Insists Online KENO Operators Obtain Permit and Remit Fees
February 20, 2012 Court of Appeals Dismisses Bid to Claim 1996 P120-Million Jackpot
February 13, 2012 PCSO Expects Brisk Sale Of Tickets As The Jackpot Increases
February 11, 2012 Sweepstakes Office Closes Small Town Lottery in Negros, to be Replaced with Loterya Ng Bayan
February 1, 2012 Lottery Forms Special Audit Team to Investigate STL Operator
January 31, 2012 MOTLO: What’s Delaying the Launch of ‘Lottery Ng Bayan’?
January 23, 2012 Qualified Bidders Voice Concern that the PCSO’s Loterya ng Bayan Will Launch This Month After Numerous Delays
January 19, 2012 Senator Wants to Revisit the Charters of Two Governments Owned and Controlled Gaming, Lottery Corporations
January 17, 2012 Senate Blue Ribbon Committee Recommends Filing Charges Against Former Lottery Officials over Alleged Misuse of Funds
January 1, 2012 Congress Urges State Gaming Corporation to Rescind Its Contract with a Private Company to Operate “Bingo Milyonaryo”
January 1, 2012 Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office 2011 Report
January 1, 2012 Lone 6-Digit Lotto Bettor Wins P10.4-Million in last Draw of 2011

News 2011
December 30, 2011 Sweepstakes Office Reveals 2011 Revenue, Accomplishments
December 20, 2011 New ‘Loterya’ Operations Delayed Until Next Year
December 14, 2011 Lottery Expects Sales to Hit P30 billion for 2011, a 15% Increase from 2010 Despite the Economic Slowdown
November 26, 2011 City Government Reaps P1.8 Million from Lotto Share Partnership
November 28, 2011 Two Winners Hit P134.62M Grand Lotto jackpot
November 23, 2011 Lone Winner Hits P93.5 Million PCSO Super Lotto jackpot
October 24, 2011 Supreme Court Dismisses Petition Seeking to Stop the Lottery Office from Transferring Its Headquarters to the PICC in Pasay City
October 12, 2011 PCSO Pays P266 Million to the Bureau of Internal Revenue
September 27, 2011 Lottery Makes First Payment to Settle Its More Than P3.5-billion Tax Debt
September 27, 2011 Lottery Assures Players That It Has the Money to Pay All Jackpot Prizes
September 19, 2011 Lottery Corporation Owes the Government at Least P3.6 Billion in Unpaid Taxes
September 19, 2011 Government May Consider Privatization of PCSO and Pagcor
September 17, 2011 Sweepstakes Office Says New Lottery Game is Still Undergoing Fine-Tuning
August 31, 2011 Internet Gaming Firm PhilWeb Corp. and Pacific Online Systems, included in Forbes 'Best Under a Billion' List
August 24, 2011 Solo Winner Hits P142M Grand Lotto jackpot
August 22, 2011 Court of Appeals Allows Sweepstakes Office Time to Explain Scrapped P4.4 Billion Deal with TMA Australia
August 18, 2011 Traditional Sweepstakes Game Still Popular with Players
August 16, 2011 PCSO Sets Quota For New Lottery Operators
August 10, 2011 Court of Appeals Halts Government Crackdown on Illegal Jai Alai Betting Stations
August 10, 2011 Four Electioneering Cases Filed Against Former Lottery Chairman
August 9, 2011 House Bill Seeks Tax on Lottery Winnings
August 2, 2011 Lottery Admits to Having No Knowledge of the Actual Gross Sales Revenue From STL
August 3, 2011 Lawmaker Criticizes Lottery Contract
August 4, 2011) PCSO, DILG to Hold Summit to Ensure the Smooth Implementation of New Lottery Game
August 2, 2011 Lottery Considers Automation of ‘Loterya ng Bayan
August 1, 2011 Lottery Office To Be Established In Cagayan
July 31, 2011 Lottery Distributor Plans to List on Philippine Stock Exchange by Way of Introduction
August 1, 2011 Senate Committee Chairman Wants Former Lottery Executives Charged
July 30, 2011 PCSO Employees Wear Red To Protest Move To Privatize Lottery
July 27, 2011 Lottery Operators Shun Handheld Terminals to Avoid Reporting Sales
July 27, 2011 Lone Player Hits P106.8m Superlotto Jackpot
July 27, 2011 PCSO Standing Firm on Its Decision to Introduce Loterya ng Bayan
July 25, 2011 Sweepstakes Office Vows to Pursue Reforms
July 23, 2011 PCSO to Conduct Investigation into Alleged Irregularities in the Distribution of Small Town Lottery Shares Received by Congressmen
July 18, 2011 Senate Committee Hears Lottery Proceeds Lack Proper Accounting and Monitoring of Fund Transfers
July 19, 2011 Senate President Probes ‘Disadvantageous’ Lotto Equipment Lease
July 16, 2011 Controversy Impacts Sales of Lotto and Sweepstakes Tickets
July 18, 2011 Senators Questions Role of the Congressmen in STL Operations
July 18, 2011 Lottery Postpones New Game Launch
July 13, 2011 Senate Questions Lottery Organization’s Lease for Lotto Machines
July 8, 2011 Senate’s Finance Chief Calls for the Immediate Privatization of the Operations of the Government’s Lottery and Gaming Firms
July 6, 2011 The Department of Justice Files Tax Evasion Complaint Against Lottery’s Former Advertising and Promotions Manager
July 6, 2011 Philippines Lottery Funds Allegedly Used for Political Purposes
July 6, 2011 Two Lawmakers Deny Seeking ‘Loterya’ Franchise
July 6, 2011 Government Orders Crackdown on Illegal Jai Alai Betting Stations
July 6, 2011 Ongoing Senate Inquiry into Alleged Misappropriation of PCSO Funds
July 4, 2011 Lawmakers File Bill to Tax Lotto, Sweepstakes Winnings
July 4, 2011 TMA Group Battles Philippines Lottery Over Fate of Multimillion-Dollar Joint Venture
July 2, 2011 Audit Commission Finds Unnecessary Delay in Forwarding Unclaimed Lotto Prizes to Charity Fund
July 1, 2011 PCSO Receives 197 Applications to Operate New Loterya ng Bayan Lottery Game
June 29, 2011 Lawmaker Says Lottery Contract Too Generous
June 27, 2011 Serious Allegations Made Against Former PCSO Directors
June 24, 2011 Pacific Online Posts Record Net Income, Company Rolls Out More Lottery Terminals
June 21, 2011 Gaming Firms Compete for Licenses to Operate the Newly Launched PCSO ‘Loterya ng Bayan
June 21, 2011 Lawmaker Proposes 20 Percent Tax on Online Lottery Winnings
June 16, 2011 Pagcor Grants Comnet Management Corp. Authority to Operate Bingo Millions in Negros Occidental
June 19, 2011 Sweepstakes Office Sets Deadline for 'Loterya' Bids
June 9, 2011 Government Lottery Sees More Growth Ahead, Employment Support
June 8, 2011 Lottery Ignores Judge, Voids P42-B Deal with Listed Australian Company
June 2, 2011 PCSO Posts Banner First-Quarter Sales Performance
June 1, 2011 Lone Winner Bags P356-M PCSO Grand Lotto Jackpot Prize
May 31, 2011 Huge Jackpot Responsible for Surge in Ticket Sales
May 27, 2011 Lottery Equipment Supplier Doubles Profits
May 27, 2011 Senators Reject Proposal To Tax Lotto Winnings
May 28, 2011 No Winner for PCSO P317-Million Grand Lotto Jackpot
May 26, 2011 President Wants To See Bill Taxing Lotto Winnings
May 25, 2011 PCSO Proposes Tax on Lotto Winnings
May 23, 2011 Two Players Share P25.9M Super Lotto Jackpot
May 16, 2011 Interest in Grand Lotto Surges as Jackpot Keeps Rising, Jackpot Now Stands at P234 Million
May 16, 2011 Record Jackpots Help Sweepstakes Office Cope with Accumulated Losses of Former Administration
May 11, 2011 Grand Lotto Jackpot Soars to P205 Million
May 9, 2011 Official Claims Government Losing Billions to Small-Town-Lottery Operations
May 4, 2011 PCSO Grand Lotto Jackpot Soars to P175 million
April 27, 2011 Increasing Number of Groups Applying to Operate 'Loterya'
April 26, 2011 Grand Lotto Jackpot Expected to Reach P150 Million for Next Draw
April 26, 2011 STL Operators Given Final Notice to Switch to Loterya ng Bayan
April 19, 2011 NBI Report Confirms Hostilities Between Gaming Corporation and Two Illegal Lottery Operators
April 5, 2011 Two More PCSO Lottery Aficionados Have Joined the Millionaires’ Club
April 10, 2011 Lotto Jackpot Expected to Breach P100
April 3, 2011 Illegal Lottery Operations Estimated at P3-million Daily
March 22, 2011 Sweepstakes Office Mega Lotto Yields P23.58m Jackpot
February 22, 2011 Illegal Lottery Operators Apply for Licenses to Operate Sweepstakes Office’s 'Loterya'
February 19, 2011 Sweepstakes Office Pays Out Over P9.4 Million a Day in Prizes
February 16, 2011 Gaming Firms Apply for Permits to Operate New Lottery Game
February 6, 2011 Congressmen Doubt PCSO’s New Numbers Game Will Eradicate Illegal Lottery Operations
February 6, 2011 Sweepstakes Office Takes More Active Role in Re-Designed Lottery
February 3, 2011 Sweepstakes Office to Launch New Town Lottery
January 27, 2011 Senator to Seek Supreme Court Opinion on Sports Distribution from State Gaming Corporation
January 27, 2011 PCSO Produces Eleven Millionaires in January
January 26, 2011 Station Reporting on Illegal Lottery Game Receives Death Threats
January 17, 2011 New Game Rules to be Announced This Week
January 13, 2011 Lottery Could be One of the Country's Biggest Corporate Taxpayers
January 5, 2011 Sweepstakes Office Announce First Millionaire for 2011 Grabs P61 Million
Jan 2, 2011 Gambling Lords Defy PCSO and Launch Own Small Town Lottery


News 2010
Dec 28, 2010 Sweepstake Office to Introduce New Games for More Revenue
Dec 26, 2010 Lottery Sets Priorities for 2011
Dec 24, 2010 Plan to Put Local Government Units in Charge of Small Town Lottery Scheme is Stirring Controversy and Dividing Local Officials
Dec 20, 2010 Small Town Lottery to be Rebranded 'Loterya ng Bayan'
Dec 4, 2010 Senator Proposes Tapping Lottery Earnings to Augment SUCs' Budget
Dec 3, 2010 PCSO Says New Small Town Lottery Rules to be Announced Mid-December
Nov 29, 2010 Lotto Frenzy Drives Ticket Sales to a Record P4.1Billion in Just Six Months
Nov 29, 2010 Sweepstakes Office to End Small Town Lottery Permits by December 30
Nov 29, 2010 PCSO Holds Its First Grand Lotto Draw at Its New Home, Lucky Bettor From Luzon Wins P741-M Grand Lotto Jackpot, Outlets Run Out of Bet Slips
Nov 26, 2010 Palace to Protect Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office Integrity
Nov 24, 2010 People’s Postcode Lottery is Proud to Sponsor WWF Scotland
Nov 24, 2010 Lawmaker Wants Limit on Lotto Jackpot
Nov 24, 2010 Grand Lotto Jackpot Remains Elusive, Now the Biggest in the Country’s Lottery History at P633.9 Million
Nov 23, 2010 Lottery to Come Under the Control and Supervision of the Office of the President
Nov 23, 2010 Sweepstakes Office Offers Tip For Lotto Players
Nov 23, 2010 Lotto Jackpot Hits P600 Million After 83 Draws Without a Winner
Nov 16, 2010 PCSO Announce November 17 Results of 6/55 Grand Lotto Draw
Nov 12, 2010 Lotto System Provider Posts Nine Month Profit Hike
Nov 11, 2010 Governor Says the Introduction of Small Town Lottery Will Depend on Council OK
Nov 9, 2010 Administration Accused of Breaking ‘Jueteng’ Promise
Nov 6, 2010 Still No Winner of Grand Lotto P333-Million Jackpot
October 29, 2010 Sweepstakes Office Creates Five New Millionaires in One Week
October 29, 2010 Lotteries Office Relocates to New Headquarters
Oct 26, 2010 Former PCSO Director Asks High Court to Halt the Sweepstakes Office Relocating
Oct 26, 2010 Lone Winner For P152 Million Jackpot in PCSO Super Lotto 6/49 Draw
Oct 25, 2010 Legal Opinion States Local Government Units Have no Authority to Regulate or Suspended Small Town Lotteries
Oct 19, 2010 Sweepstakes Office is Better Equipped to Run Small Town Lottery Operations
Oct 19, 2010 Sweepstakes Office Multimillion-Peso Jackpot Prizes Allude Players
Oct 14, 2010 Grand Lotto Prize Tipped to Reach P233 Million
Oct 11, 2010 Lotto Bettors Find No Luck in 10.10.10
Oct 5, 2010 Sweepstakes Office to Review Funding for Television Programs
Oct 5, 2010 Sweepstakes Office Set to Release New Small Town Lottery Guidelines
Oct 4, 2010 Senator Files Bill to Amend the State Lottery’s Charter
Oct 4, 2010 PCSO Chief Expresses Sadness for Staff Accused of Involvement in the "jueteng" Payola
Sept 28, 2010 Small Town Lottery Franchise Holder Claims Hi-Tech is the Way to Go
Sept 25, 2010 Sweepstakes Office to Restructure Small Town Lottery
Sept 20, 2010 The Illegal Lottery ‘Jueteng’ Still Rampant In Batangas
Sept 15, 2010 Government Losing P9 Billion a Year to Illegal Lotteries
Sept 14, 2010 Small Town Lottery Franchisee is Alleged to Have Under-Declared Sales Revenue
Sept 3, 2010 Lottery Office Reveals It Has Been Losing Heavily For The Past Several Years
Sept 5, 2010 Lottery Officials Fall in Behind Administration's Austerity Program
August 18, 2010 Mayors Declare War on Illegal Lotteries
August 14, 2010 Sweepstakes Office to Forward Unclaimed Monies to DDB
August 8, 2010 Sweepstakes Office Orders Audit of Small Town Lottery
August 5, 2010 Sweepstakes Office to Investigate Small Town Lottery
August 4, 2010 Small Town Lottery Agents May Have Shortchanged the Government by as Much as P9 Billion
August 2, 2010 President Completes Lottery Board

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