Jose Ferdinand Rojas II, vice chair and general manager of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO), said on Tuesday that the 40-year-old father of two was the sole player who correctly guessed the winning number combination 13-20-31-41-45-46.
The winner, whose family gets by with a hand-to-mouth existence, won exactly P94,210,188.
To ensure the safety and security of its winners, the PCSO does not give out their identities.
When the winner claimed his prize at the PCSO head office in Mandaluyong City on Monday, he told Rojas that his wife left him and their children years back because she couldn’t bear living an impoverished life.
“He only earns P100 every day from selling rags to jeepney drivers,” Rojas said of the winner.
The PCSO official noted that the winner was silent when he was asked what he would do if his wife decides to come back.
Despite his meager income, the winner told Rojas that over the last nine years, he had kept his faith that one day he would become a millionaire through the help of the national lottery.
For P20, his dream came true when he availed himself of the PCSO’s lucky pick feature, which electronically selects a combination for the player.
Now that he has joined the country’s list of instant multimillionaires, he told Rojas that he and his children would leave the shanty they were staying in to move to the house he plans on buying with his prize.
To ensure that his family will never go back to poverty, the winner said he will build an apartment building which he would lease to tenants.