Manila, Philippines – Following the recently released memorandum from Malaca?ang Palace regarding the Enhanced Community Quarantine all over Luzon to minimize the spread of COVID-19/ Coronavirus, lotto enthusiasts are now asking whether there is a suspension/ postponement of PCSO Lotto draws on March 2020 and April 2020.
In light of the recently released Memo, PCSO has released the new announcement stating the medical and lotto gaming activities will be suspended starting 12:00 noon today, March 17, 2020. Here’s the complete statement from PCSO,
Pursuant to Proclamation No. 922 and RA 11332, the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) Board of Directors announced the suspension of its medical and gaming activities effective 12:00 noon today March 17, 2020 until further notice:
1. Nationwide suspension of lotto, digit games and Keno operations which include ticket selling and holding of draws.
2. Suspension of STL operations in LUZON only.
3. STL operations in Visayas and Mindanao shall continue but will be evaluated daily.
4. Suspension of Medical Assistance Program in Metro Manila
The amidst apprehension in reneging on its mandate, the PCSO has decided to heed Malaca?ang’s call for Enhanced Community Quarantine. This move will promote safety of its playing public, employees, stakeholders and beneficiaries.
The PCSO has embarked more than 400 million for the medical and rehabilitation needs that may arise from the Novel Corona Virus 2019 PandamicSource: PCSO Official
On March 13, 2020, after the release of Proclamation no. 922 and 929 s. 2020 in light of COVID-19, the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office said that they will continue their operations amidst the COVID-19 threat.
To quote the statement from Ms. Royina Garma (PCSO General Manager),
?We will be in full operations but will observe strict safety practices to ensure the health of our office and field staff. We have set in place precautionary steps so we can continue operating with the least risk of exposure to the virus,?
?We will be proactive in helping LGUs to fight the virus. If you are looking for ways to help our people, please continue to support our Lotto operations,?
Likewise, the agency is ready to release 424 million pesos to augment the funding of government programs.
?This is where your contributions go. Every bet can help others in need, especially at this time when transmission and infection are rising at alarming levels,?
SUSPENDED OR NOT?
To repeat, PCSO has anounced that the lotto draws will be suspended from 12:00 noon March 17, 2020 amidst the new memorandum from the President.
ENHANCED COMMUNITY QUARANTINE
Under the recently released memorandum, the public is reminded of the following:
- Strict home quarantine
- Suspension of public transportation
- Provision of food and essential services regulated
- Expect more police and military visibility
PCSO Announcement(s) and Notice(s) to the Public
August 6, 2020: PCSO has announced that lotto major games will resume on August 7, 2020 to areas not under Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ) or ECQ. To quote,
Effective August 7, 2020, the draws and selling of tickets of lotto jackpot bearing games Lotto 6/42, Mega Lotto 6/45, Super Lotto 6/49, Grand Lotto 6/55, Ultra Lotto 6/58 shall resume in areas under General Community Quarantine (GCQ) and Modified General Community Quarantine (MGCQ).Source: PCSO
August 3, 2020: In view of the declaration of President Rodrigo Duterte placing the National Capital Region (NCR), Laguna, Cavite, Rizal and Bulacan under MECQ from August 4, 2020 to August 18, 2020, PCSO games including lotto, instant sweepstakes and KENO in these areas will be suspended until further notice.
July 20, 2020: Good news everyone! PCSO announced that regular lotto operations will resume on August 4, 2020 at selected lotto outlets and PCSO branches depending on the community quarantine category and LGU’s special concern lockdown (only those under GCQ and MGCQ will resume). Meanwhile, KENO operations and selling of tickets will resume on July 28, 2020.
July 18, 2020: All major games ticket prices are backed to 20 Pesos, from 24 Pesos.
June 17, 2020: PCSO will go digital! GM Royina Garma said in a public briefing on June 13, 2020. She also said that once the lotto returned, there will be a fifteen (15) days special draw for advance-bought tickets. To quote,
We have already set the technical specifications na pwedeng gamitin ng mga agents. This is still subject for board approval. It will take time kasi they need to invest. Siguro mga two (2) to three (3) months ito.
Once mag-resume ang operations ng lotto, magkakaroon ng 15 days special draw para sa six days na nakabili ng advance tickets. Itago lang nila ang tickets na advance nilang nabili, valid lahat yun.
February 10, 2020: 6D Lotto is now a nationwide lotto game. Players from Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao may secure their tickets and tune in every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday to win exciting prizes.
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