Ultra Lotto chiefs confirm that foreigners can win billion-peso jackpot

Ultra Lotto
The only restriction on playing the Ultra Lotto is that ticket holders must be over 18. To claim, the tickets must be undamaged.

The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office has confirmed that non-Filipinos are eligible to win the estimated 1.07 billion-peso Ultra Lotto jackpot. 

General Manager Alexander Balutan said today (Thursday, October 11) that there was no restrictions on non-Filipinos taking part. 

“Even can win the jackpot prize if they bought a ticket as long as they are 18 years old and above, which is the age requirement, and as long the claimant has the winning ticket, he or she can take home the jackpot prize,” he said.

As of 4pm today, the Ultra Lotto jackpot was estimated to have reached 1,070,000,000 pesos. This figure could yet rise before tomorrow’s draw, depending on ticket sales.

New Ultra Lotto record

Already, it is the highest lotto prize in Philippine history. The previous record was set in November 2010, when a lone winner found themselves 741,000,000 pesos better off.

The last draw, on Tuesday, failed to produce a jackpot winner. However, 113 ticket holders matched five out of six numbers in the winning combination. They each pocketed 280,000 pesos. Meanwhile, thousands more won 3,800 pesos for matching four out of six numbers.

The lotto was last won on February 16 when two ticket holders – one in Calamba City in Laguna and the other in Bustos, Bulacan – shared the 331,900,000 jackpot.

Tickets cost 24 pesos each, and draws are held on Tuesdays, Fridays, and Sundays. To take part, either select six numbers from one to 58 or opt for a Lucky Pick to generate randomly selected numbers.

If there is no jackpot winner tomorrow, the prize pot will roll over and continue to grow for Sunday’s draw.

To confirm the winning numbers, visit the Ultra Lotto website here.

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