PCSO lotto draws return in August

Catch-up draws will be held for two weeks.
Catch-up draws will be held for two weeks.

For now the PCSO will hold “catch-up draws” for tickets sold before lockdown measures began on March 17.

Philippines.- The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office says it has received clearance from President Rodrigo Duterte to resume lotto games as of August 4 after a three-month suspension.

Operations are only allowed to restart in areas under general community quarantine (GCQ) and modified community quarantine (GCQ).

Lotto shops will also have to comply with health protocols established by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases, maintaining social distance and using face masks.

The agency will eventually sell Lotto 6/42 and Megalotto 6/45 tickets at PHP20 but for now will hold “catch-up draws” for lotto tickets bought prior to the suspension of operations on March 17, Philippine News Agency reported.

PCSO General Manager Royina Marzan-Garma said the draws will begin on July 20 and will continue for about 15 days, with two draws on some days.

She said: “We wish to emphasize that the PCSO has not resumed its regular gaming operations. There shall still be no selling, ticket validation, and prize claiming for the duration of the catch-up draws, as all Lotto outlets shall remain closed.”

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