There has been a total of 70 winners over the past year in Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office's (PCSO's) five lottery games with the highest jackpot prizes: Ultra Lotto 6/58, Grand Lotto 6/55, Super Lotto 6/49, Mega Lotto 6/45 and Lotto 6/42.
Among the top five game plays, the Lotto 6/42 had the most number of winners at 21, while the Ultra Lotto 6/58 recorded the lowest at only four.
The figures are consistent the probabilities in guessing the winning combinations, as a single Lotto 6/42 ticket has one in over five million chances to be correct, while a bettor in Ultra Lotto 6/58 only has one chance out of over 40 million possible combinations. (See infographic)
All other games follow this pattern except the Grand Lotto 6/55. Despite providing slimmer chances of winning (one in 29 million), it recorded a higher number of winners at 14 over the past year—higher than Super Lotto 6/49’s 12 winners. There is one in 14 million chances in winning the Super Lotto 6/49—twice that of the Grand Lotto 6/55.
Expectedly, higher win probabilities and more winners come at the cost of lower average winnings. Ultra Lotto 6/58 winners won the highest average cash prize while the lowest average winnings went to winners of Lotto 6/42.
The numbers used in the infographic covers all draws of the top five games between October 15, 2017 and October 15, 2018.
Two bettors won the highest jackpot prize in PCSO history, which was Php1.2 billion, on October 14, Sunday, during the Ultra Lotto 6/58 draw.
Pauline Macaraeg is Entrepreneur PH's data journalist